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Publisher's Summary

The Good Companions follows a number of discontents or ‘lost souls’ as they respectively gravitate towards a concert troupe that is on the verge of disbanding.

An adventure around the Shires of England following the fates and fortunes of the unlikely group, The Good Companions is a popular contemporary classic which has recently experienced a resurgence in public interest and acclaim due to the finesse of Priestley’s writing.

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BEWARE! This is abridged.

One of my favourire Priestley books. So excited to hear it read by Rodney Bewes that I didn't notice it was abridged. I abhor abridged novels ESPECIALLY of favourite books. Please add more Priestley unabridged novels.

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too abridged -- less music, more book, please




This is one of favorite books, but it was pretty well hacked up in the abridging. Disappointing experience

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Ok Production

The reader does fine, British accents and WC Fields. If you’ve ever tried to hold a band together, you’ll understand this.

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  • 10-22-18

Great great story but reading not so good

The Good Companions is an English classic written in an accessible way for Everyman. That was Priestly's intention and his theatre group portrays characters of an era.

But. Rodney Bewes was probably not the right choice of reader. Fine actor that he is, he could not carry the story along. Dialogue was fi e. Voices he can do. But the rest sounded like someone reading. There was little variation in tone or cadence.

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  • Kanali
  • 03-30-22

Poor narrator

I couldn't finish it, Rodney Bewes' voice grated on me. I was disappointed as we had read this at school and wanted to enjoy it again.

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  • ryan bell
  • 11-15-21

Excellent

The story is wonderful as is the performance which really makes you feel a part of the story and part of the adventure!!

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  • M R HIGGINS
  • 08-31-20

Disappointing

This is one of my favourite books so I was very disappointed with the reading. It was heavily and none too sensitively abridged and poorly read.

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  • Adrian Devon
  • 11-28-19

Classic!

Beautifully read Priestly novel of a group of Concert Party players.
A must-listen performance by the late Rodney Bewes.

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  • Diana Neil
  • 01-04-19

The good comp anions

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The reading was so good that it was like listening to a play, the reader had so many fascinating voices. Not just voices but wonderful expressions of so many emotions.it was a light read but with lots of depth and beautifully expressed ..I enjoyed it in audible form, but might have found it a trifle too long as a read, I can't be sure. It was a book group choice and I am glad it was chosen as almost certainly I would not have chosen it purely through wrong thinking that it might be too old fashioned !

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  • J. H. Mccarthy
  • 02-19-21

good enough but not exceptional. pleasant enough.

I enjoyed the relaxed medium and innocent story. It is a book of its time.

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