Pam Ayres - Down the Line
by Pam Ayres
Narrated by Pam Ayres
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Pub Date 06 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 10 Feb 2021
After a 40 plus years’ career, and 10 years on since Pam Ayres’s last live recordings were released, Pam’s latest audiobook brings together two recent live recordings of her solo stage shows, one at London’s Cadogan Hall and the other at the Regent Centre, Christchurch. Pam introduces each recording and then, as a bonus, reads many of her poems which have not been previously recorded from her two most recent books, You Made Me Late Again and Up in the Attic.
With poems such as 'My Mother Was Right About You', 'Geriatric Juliet', 'Poor Old Father Christmas', and 'The Hat From Hell', blending Pam’s characteristically sharp wit with her warm, comic observations on everyday life, this hilariously funny collection is a must-have for seasoned fans and first time listeners alike. It also includes some of Pam’s more reflective poems including the title poem, 'Down the Line', which she wrote for the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
A Note From the Publisher
"Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour." (Mail on Sunday)
"I keep smiling, remembering moments performed by the incredible Pam Ayres at the Curve Theatre Leicester last night. Laughed and cried in equal measure. What a woman." (BBC Radio, September 2018)
|3 Hours, 1 Minutes
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Average rating from 20 members
This was an such a delight to listen to, and had me crying with laughter on numerous occasions. In fact I had to stop listening, because my glasses kept fogging up!😂 Needless to say don’t listen to this whilst driving, or you may have an accident!
Pam Ayres is a fantastic poet who I’ve enjoyed listening to on the radio for years. I’ve never seen her perform live, but after listening to this, I would love too!
As synopsis says above, this recording includes two live concerts which were just brilliant. It was lovely to hear the audience laughing along to Pam’s poems and her observations on life, and her performance was fantastic! I started making a list of the poems I enjoyed, but stopped when I realised that my list was probably going to be longer than this review! 😀
If you haven’t come across Pam before where have you been hiding? 😉 Some of the topics for her poems include going up to attic amongst all the forgotten objects, having to buy new varifocals glasses and the horrifying expense that entails, long haul flights, dinner parties, wet suits, snorers, pets, Twitter and so much more.
I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for an audiobook that will make you laugh out loud.
Pam Ayers is like that favourite Aunt you love to have around. I seem to have grown up with her. She writes wonderful witty poetry. What is clever is she can take such an ordinary subject (dog treats in a rustling bag) and have you laughing out loud. Unlike so many comedians these days she doesn’t need smut to get a reaction. Just a wonderful way with words.
I have listened to the audiobook whilst driving. Pam has a very distinct voice. Other travellers were looking on in amusement as I’m laughing my head off listening to Pam description of her first attempt at getting into a wetsuit on a Newquay holiday. Perhaps it’s because I can imagine that’s my mum. Even my daughter was trying not to smile as we drove on.
A very entertaining audiobook.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.