A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine
- Narrated by: Michael Jayston
- Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 24-10-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Following an illness in 2009 the diaries, kept for over sixty years, cease. Published here alongside these last diaries are Tony Benn’s highly personal insights into the challenges of old age and failing health, of widowhood, and of moving out of the family home after sixty years.
Finally, we share in Tony Benn's hopes for the future based on his years of experience and his natural optimism.
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By Vicuña on 18-03-14
Sincere and from the heart.
What made the experience of listening to A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine the most enjoyable?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Benn's scathing view of Blair is entertaining.
Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favourite?
He reads the part well, narrating in Benn's 'voice'.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
His insight into his own frailty is emotive.
Any additional comments?
Tony Benn has always seemed enigmatic. A somewhat unfathomable but nevertheless charismatic man, full of contradiction. A socialist with strong Marxist leanings, but one born to title and privilege. I've lived through his most influential times. He's one of a very singular few politicians who retained both their personal and political integrity. Even before it became fashionable to do so, Benn had seen through and denounced the sham Socialism presented by Blair.
I haven't read his earlier diaries and I took this book as an audible download shortly before he died. With that poignancy aside, this record and his reflections are so incredibly relevant at a number of levels. Politically, he was something of a seer and a maverick. One who saw through sham, was beguiled by prospect of influence and remained true to his roots of socialism.
As an individual, his fears and fragility come across so well. As a man, he's unafraid to express both his love and loss. That's exceptional. He explores the process of getting older with candour and humour. Unexpectedly, this book kept me awake until long past the wee hours over the last few nights. His insight, information and views have made me think about the loss of an apolitical diarist, a husband, father and grandfather. He comes across as an honest raconteur, a dedicated politician regardless of his political persuasion, a gifted individual who could view any situation with insight and compassion. But most of all, a man who loved his wife and family above everything. A moving and remarkable legacy.
Michael Jayston's reading in this audible version is, in my view, outstanding. He captures nuance and inflection to perfection.
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By mat brown on 12-11-13
Great insight to a great man
What a great listern and although Michael Jayston did a great job I didnt half miss the Benn lisp
This listen certainly gives you pause when dealing with an older person as I believe i have been guilty of discounting them where Tony has stamp that assumption into the ground.
Thanks Mr Benn
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