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Posted on Monday 30 September 2013 at 4:23 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 36


failte_aoife at 9:10 am on 01 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I would probably have missed that Museum of Curiosity is coming back so thanks :)

I finally got round listening to Absolute Power and really enjoyed it. While there weren't that much Laugh out Loud-moments it had me grinning more or less from start to finish (also: Stephen Fry)

Then I started The Radetzky March. I never read the book but while listening I had again the feeling that they had to shorten it for the audioplay a lot. It also feels a bit weird listening to an English language play set in a German-speaking country...there's lot of gratious German (everybody is Herr/Frau X, the background noises e.g. of a cafe are sometimes completely in German and the narrator either put on a German accent or is really German). However it does make me want to pick up the whole book and see how that is.
bratty_jedi at 11:56 pm on 01 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I downloaded The Radetzky March and will get to it eventually but now I'm nervous. The whole "they obviously had to cut a lot but I was fascinated and want to read the book" thing you've got going there is exactly what happened to me with Dostoevsky's The Possessed and now I'm a wee bit obsessed with that whole thing. I'm not sure I can take another one so soon.

I think Absolute Power is building on and playing with characters from the "In the..." series (In the Red, In the Balance, In the something I'm forgetting, In the End). I've listened to the first of those four and enjoyed it but haven't made it through the rest yet. Have you listened to them or just jump straight into Absolute Power? In either case, do you think listening to all of the "In the..." ones is necessary or useful before Absolute Power?
failte_aoife at 5:09 pm on 06 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even know about In The so you probably don't need it. Obviously if I didn't know what happened there I wouldn't have gotten any of the allusion but I definitely never had the 'I feel like this is a joke but I don't get it because I'm missing the right background-knowledge'-feeling.
(I had that when reading 'Northanger Abbey' without having read any Gothic Novel...I mean I know vaguely how they work with their perfect heroines and haunted castles but half the time I just sat there thinking 'that was probably funny'...)

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