In post war Britiain a new writing style emerged from the bleak times. It was commonly known as "kitchen sink drama". That sounds a little disrespectful now, perhaps, but these stories brought realism and raw emotion to their readers.
Stan Barstow's A Kind of Loving finds Vic Brown in a bleak Yorkshire industrial town, striving for maturity in his relationship with girlfriend Ingrid and her small-town ways. The story examines in great detail his feelings as the relationship develops.
Richard Huw perfectly captures the mood and the character in his reading.
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A Kind of Loving
I liked both the Audible book and the reader Richard Huw who put his all into the characters, even the women. I was only sorry that this was the abridged version and covered only the first part of the story. There were huge chunks left out to the point where if one hadn't read the book one might have been forgiven for being at a loss to follow it. It more or less followed the 1962 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger but the full (ITV) is much better.
I look forward to the unabridged version with the same reader if his voice lasts out that long or a sequel for the remainder of the story.
This is a story that needs to be told as it is how a young man can be trapped into a marriage by a girl offering him sex when she can't get him any other way. The bloke then gets the blame for sampling the goods. Young men may not heed the warning but if they don't they certainly won't be able to say they were not warned. My advice to young men is to keep their pants zipped up.
It's got to be Ingrid's father who was the peace maker in the story. Christine was a close second for the same reason.
I haven't heard Richard before but I have definitely missed something here.
The sequel could be the rest of the story left out in this version.
Well done Richard!
- Mr. K. Ward