"The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating…
"The Shielding of Mrs Forbes" - Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. True, her own husband isn’t all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people’s predilections.
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By Tracey on 25-05-11
Bennett at his best!
I love Alan Bennett, the man can do no wrong. These two short stories revolving around sex in its various forms are funny and oddly sweet. Bennett is brilliant at forming flawed, human characters who are, if not likeable, at least relatable. A great quick listen, definitely one for a rainy day or a long journey.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By ditto do on 24-04-15
Strangely familiar but unknown
Sir Alan' cosy tea cake voice delivering exactly what it says ion the tin, Smut. A bit rude, very funny and a mix of Bennett's bittersweet humour and a touch of the risqué make this an enjoyable listen. Perhaps not one for the car while travelling with my Thirteen year old Bennett fan!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous User on 05-11-12
A fun British story about unmentionable subjects!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If one enjoyes British humor this is a fun book on delicate subjects in story form.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes?
I was not expecting the second story to be as good as the first, and if anything it was better. The openous of what are usually non open subjects, told in a delightful manner.
What does Alan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His English accent that adds to this story
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The book is short, but I feel it is better enjoyed taking each story seperately.
Any additional comments?
The story takes a tongue & cheek view in the British style that would be hard to be so open about told by an American author or reader.
By Sima on 07-05-12
Great fun, totally absorbing. A welcome diversion
Where does Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best of any I have listened to so far.
What did you like best about this story?
The characters were so fully realized
If you could take any character from Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Mrs. Donaldson. What a vivid character!