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I haven't heard the radio shows although I did enjoy 'Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' but still really enjoyed this. Jun 30, Lauren Miliotis rated it it was amazing. If you've read the book but not listened to the radio series, I highly recommend remedying that. At the very least, you must find a clip of Benevolent's laugh - "ha ha ha!
All of the voice acting is great!
And also, if you read first, then the radio series is a n even more ridiculous continuation of the story! Double bonus! I'm not sure if I preferred the radio series just because I listened to that first, or because I read the book too quickly afterwards and it fe If you've read the book but not listened to the radio series, I highly recommend remedying that.
I'm not sure if I preferred the radio series just because I listened to that first, or because I read the book too quickly afterwards and it felt repetitive I'm going to read it again next year or sometime to find out :D Got to Chapter the Fourth - subtitled Things get even worse - and decided things were not going to get any better so I gave up, which I seldom do with a book.
Think I'd have liked this when I was Now seems silly, extreme, unclever, obvious and repetitive; and didn't involve me, although it did provide an occasional laugh. People mention the radio series, so perhaps that came across as funnier. I do read a lot of Victorian novels including Dickens, which is why I bought it as I thought it woul Got to Chapter the Fourth - subtitled Things get even worse - and decided things were not going to get any better so I gave up, which I seldom do with a book. I do read a lot of Victorian novels including Dickens, which is why I bought it as I thought it would be very clever and funny, but not in my opinion.
Jul 20, Robert rated it did not like it.
Not very funny. So I stopped reading it about the 21st chapter, or the Pontoonth Chapter to give you an idea of the level of humour. Aug 26, Chris Higgins rated it did not like it. It didn't appeal to my sense of humour. The novel is a rehash of the first few story lines from the radio play, using many of the same jokes and plot points and absurd similes, with just a few changes. The story is a parody of Dickensian writing, using all of the cliches, tropes, melodramatic death scenes and over used plot devices it can manage to tell an ab I recently listened to Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series ,the BBC radio series this book was based on, and I enjoyed it so much I just couldn't wait to start the book.
The story is a parody of Dickensian writing, using all of the cliches, tropes, melodramatic death scenes and over used plot devices it can manage to tell an absurd, violent, and often hilarious adventure of ridiculousness and woe. I preferred the story in its original radio form; I missed the actors and the sound effects.
That being said, the book is well written with a delicious number of well-timed adverbs, metaphors and puns, and the narration is excellent.
It is read by the author Mark Evans, who manages to capture the characters in a fantastic way even though he is not James Bachman or Anthony Head. Jan 09, Davidg rated it really liked it. A fun silly read to start off the New Year. I had heard some of the radio 4 series but certainly not every episode.
The translation to the page works well and allows the author to have fun in parodying different types of novel, and not just Dickens, as well as those academic writers who annotate Classic literature in scholarly editions. Perhaps the book is 50 pages too long and one of the devilish schemes could have been cut.
Bleak Expectations cast and crew credits - British Comedy Guide
But the jokes keep coming. As I said, it is very silly, but good fun too A fun silly read to start off the New Year.
As I said, it is very silly, but good fun too. Apr 05, Geraldine rated it really liked it. You need to have heard the radio series before you read this. But then it's just a re-telling of the radio series, so apart from the joy of revisiting the wonderful characters and relentless, machine-gun gags, you might think there's little point. I did enjoy it, however. Bleak Expectations is one of my favourite comedy series and I loved being back in that world, even if there was little that was new to me. Feb 23, Gabi Coatsworth rated it it was ok Shelves: couldn-t-finish-it , humor.
I tried the sample of this on my Kindle, and found I didn't want to read the rest. I'm English and I love Dickens and love a bit of silliness, but I felt this parody was long enough at 3 chapters, and doubt that it would stretch comfortable to anything longer.
It might be funnier for people who know the radio show from which this originates. Still, don't let me stop you. Jun 15, Johanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: spec-fic. This is completely hilarious and I love it. It roughly follows the plot of the first radio series but is clearly written for book format. I laughed out loud several times on every page and it just made me laugh so much.
Nov 27, Linda rated it liked it. Several of the revues said it helps to understand this book if you've heard the radio show. I agree with that. I liked the book, it was funny, but I felt something was missing. If I can find the show online, it will be worth a listen and the book will make more sense. Jun 25, Andrew Scholefield rated it really liked it. Very very funny. This book had me laughing uncontrollably at many points. Completely daft but this added to the humour. People who haven't heard at least one episode of the radio series seem to find it difficult to follow but give it a chance.
Jan 14, Lena rated it it was amazing.
Bleak Expectations: The Complete BBC Radio 4 Series
I don't know if it would have been as wonderful without the voices from the radio show in my head, but I did have them in my head, and so it was wonderful. If only it came with an mp3 of Gently Benevolent's evil laugh. Mar 13, Claire Fayers rated it it was amazing. The novel version of the radio series follows the same storyline with some extra jokes.
http://www.juraa.com/images/folklore/sent-from-heaven-amish-romance.php Similar Items. Source record: Evans, Mark. Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen. Duration: Harry: Is it wrong to fancy a dino-lady? Benevolent: She's a dinosaur. Would it be wrong? Harry: I've asked myself the same question. Harry: Sorry Juanita - Cor, dino-phwoar! Benevolent: Get a grip , Benevolent, she's a dinosaur!
It is merely unhygienic.