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Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby SopwithCamel » 25 Jun 2018, 04:25

As far as I know, the audiobooks we have so far (definitely not including that radio show that we shall never speak of):

Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter-Michael North
Biggles Flies North-Michael Palin

TPS-
Biggles Secret Mission
Biggles Defies the Swastika
Biggles Flies East
Biggles in Spain
Biggles Flying Detective
Biggles Learns to Fly

I have no idea why these were chosen for audiobook-ery (Ginger in Spain, for example, seems an odd choice when compared to other inter-war books like Biggles and Co. or even Black Peril), but in any case, the question is, if you could pick, which books would you want as audiobooks?

My own picks:

Biggles and Co.-Good adventure tale, has EVS, also would pay good money just to hear Biggles singing
Biggles in the Orient-Good for a WWII war story, I would have thought
Biggles Fails to Return-The first full-length Bertie-inclusive tale
Biggles Breaks the Silence-Also a cracking adventure story
Biggles Works it Out-Just for Marcel :D
Biggles Takes Charge-Where Biggles rescues Algy :love:
Biggles in the Terai-No explanation needed :oops: :lol:

Additionally, who would you pick to read the audiobook?
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby rickee » 28 Jun 2018, 06:02

Biggles: Charter Pilot - They're all faintly ridiculous and the voice talent could really ham some bits up
I'd agree with Biggles in the Orient
Biggles flies home
Biggles in the baltic, I don't know why I just like that one.
Any of the later ones with Bertie complaining about the islands not having bananas, OR if someone could finish Biggles does some homework as everyone has a chance to shine in that.

Voice talent:

Hugh Laurie (just simply as I think his Wooster is perfect for Bertie, but he's obviously capable of playing it straight too.
Tom Hiddleston would also be good, but a bit pricey.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby alderaanian » 28 Jun 2018, 07:26

I'd listen to Stephen Fry doing any of the Biggles books!
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby SopwithCamel » 28 Jun 2018, 07:45

alderaanian wrote:I'd listen to Stephen Fry doing any of the Biggles books!


Agree completely with Stephen Fry. His voice is on pretty much everything though...

Hugh Laurie (just simply as I think his Wooster is perfect for Bertie, but he's obviously capable of playing it straight too.


Would love him as well. Or, even better, a Fry and Laurie production.

Personally, I've been thinking Martin Freeman might be nice too.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby kylie_koyote » 28 Jun 2018, 11:14

I cast my vote for "Fails to Return," because it's my all time favorite, and I love anything having to do with it.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Kismet » 28 Jun 2018, 11:51

How about Benedict Cumberbatch as one of their voices?
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby SopwithCamel » 28 Jun 2018, 13:01

Kismet wrote:How about Benedict Cumberbatch as one of their voices?


Don't know about him :thinking2:. I like the actor but his tone sounds a bit clipped for any of the characters.

Pity TPS never did any more. His voice will always be Biggles for me. Whenever I read any of the books now I can hear his voice in my head.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 28 Jun 2018, 13:51

alderaanian wrote:I'd listen to Stephen Fry doing any of the Biggles books!


Oh yes, I'll second that! In fact, I also just imagined Hugh Laurie doing Bertie in an over the top Black Adder "Prince George" performance. Sorry about that Bertie old top, old fruit, old bean. :D
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Spitfire666 » 28 Jun 2018, 20:13

SopwithCamel wrote:
Kismet wrote:How about Benedict Cumberbatch as one of their voices?


Don't know about him :thinking2:. I like the actor but his tone sounds a bit clipped for any of the characters.

Pity TPS never did any more. His voice will always be Biggles for me. Whenever I read any of the books now I can hear his voice in my head.

Cumberbatch is actually a very good reader; he has a wide range of voices, both male and female. The other person is Anton Lesser. I agree with you that TPS's readings are superb, but sadly he is no longer with us. Not a lot to choose between Cumberbatch and Lesser, but Benedict wins by a whisker because he has done some wonderfully rural sounding women, and also had a fight between two women in one book and they were both so clearly distinguished the listener had no difficulty knowing which was which. He read several Ngaio Marsh detective books, and in the one in which he finally won the heroine - as well as finding the murderer - he sounded very moving.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 28 Jun 2018, 22:46

I like your selection, Soppy. I think I'd add

Baltic - simply because I'm sentimental about it (my first Biggles' book);
Secret Agent - anything with EVS will be a win for me (except in Australia - let's not even go there!!!)
Sweeps the Desert - just another favourite :D
Condor - but I'd definitely want the Algy fighting the anaconda scene included

Several more, but they'll do for a start.

And as I'm a great fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, I'd definitely vote for him doing any of the voices. Yes, Stephen Fry would also fit the bill very nicely.

SopwithCamel wrote:(definitely not including that radio show that we shall never speak of):

Oi!! I grew up with that show. It was the highlight of my day to listen to "The Air Adventures of Biggles" in the days before TV took over... :D
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 29 Jun 2018, 13:19

My mother loved the radio show & it's because of her I started on Biggles & Worrals. I recall she was a actually a Bertie fan...but, that OTHER character who shall not be named was added in the radio show [why, I don't know?]. Shhh! :?
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 30 Jun 2018, 08:40

OzBiggles1963 wrote:My mother loved the radio show & it's because of her I started on Biggles & Worrals. I recall she was a actually a Bertie fan...but, that OTHER character who shall not be named was added in the radio show [why, I don't know?]. Shhh! :?

That OTHER character was quite an annoyance, I have to admit.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Tracer » 30 Jun 2018, 10:24

Someone pm me and tell me what this character is, please.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Frecks » 30 Jun 2018, 10:38

She who will remain nameless :lol: Just a token "female" to add a bit of romance to the stories.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 30 Jun 2018, 12:44

Frecks wrote:She who will remain nameless :lol: Just a token "female" to add a bit of romance to the stories.


The Voldemort of her day, lol. :mrgreen:
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Fairblue » 30 Jun 2018, 12:46

Probably second in line for the firing squad - behind Marie. :evil:
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 01 Jul 2018, 09:48

Absolutely, FB!! :D :D But since she didn't exist in the books, one could possibly argue that she never really existed at all. If not canon, then not real. :D
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Tracer » 01 Jul 2018, 12:04

Thanks to all who have enlightened me :D and yes I agree: not canon so doesn't exist.
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Re: Which books would you want as an audiobook?

Postby Fairblue » 01 Jul 2018, 12:07

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:Absolutely, FB!! :D :D But since she didn't exist in the books, one could possibly argue that she never really existed at all. If not canon, then not real. :D


Tracer wrote:Thanks to all who have enlightened me :D and yes I agree: not canon so doesn't exist.

That is a very neat way of eliminating someone you don’t like.
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