The Go-Between

  • by L. P. Hartley
  • Narrated by Harriet Walter, Richard Griffiths, Lydia Leonard
  • 1 hrs and 29 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A new adaptation of L. P. Hartley's story of a boy who is betrayed by a sophisticated young rich woman and her farmer lover who use him to ferry letters back and forth in the blazing summer of 1900 - with Richard Griffiths and Harriet Walter.
It's best known from the 1970 film, which focused on the main plot line. But on re-reading the book, adaptor Frances Byrnes found within it another drama perfect for audio in which an old man finds a boyhood diary and is forced to unlock the trauma inside.
Revisited by that summer for the first time since it happened, the older man (Richard Griffiths) turns detective. Leo, in his 60s, finds a locked diary in his attic: It was written in 1900, the last time he lived with any sense of possibility. Leo realises that his tidy life has been a living death and that summer was to blame.

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A disappointment

The Go-Between is one of my favourite books ever and I also loved the screen version by Harold Pinter so I looked forward to hearing an audible version but alas it did not live up to my expectations. The reading lacked convinction on the part of the cast and the voices somehow did not seem to fit the characters at all. If you are a great fan of the original book you may want to give this a miss.
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- iris

Not Unabridged!!!

What disappointed you about The Go-Between?

Definitely an abridged version so why is it advertised as unabridged?????


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Just given a truly unabridged version


What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Abridged, not unabridged, un-unabridged!!!


What character would you cut from The Go-Between?

The book is brilliant, just this version has been abridged, yet breaks the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 by describing itself as unabridged.


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- alun385

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2013
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited