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8 Short Funny Stories - Taking The Biscuit

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8 Short Funny Stories, humour for the whole family! Over 2 hours of audio including: 1. Taking The Biscuit - read by James Bolam - 0:00 2. The Way To A Man's Heart - read by Julia McKenzie - 10:18 3. Edward's Problem - read by Hayley Mills - 24:51 4. Wish You Were Here - read by Penelope Keith - 44:05 5. Dear Mr Previn - read by Prunella Scales - 59:51 6. Twenty Five - read by Brian Blessed - 1:12:35 7. Goodbye Gertie - read by June Whitfield - 1:29:00 8. A Likely Story - read by Andrew Sachs -1:43:21
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The first is a variation on a theme - I've heard an equally amusing version before on a train with an actual packet of biscuits being the object of desire between two men. The last one is IMO the best for anyone whose found themselves in ridiculous situations thinking 'what if' …..
Stable Condition (2 days ago)
yup loved the stories, , first was a grabber, great laughs
Shaun Brennan (4 days ago)
Deborah P (2 months ago)
I'm listening to this as I eat a kit-kat with my left hand.
lana lake (2 months ago)
Deborah P - Lol!
Sophie Babha (2 months ago)
Gray Wolf (4 months ago)
#3 "what"
Dianna Diatz (4 months ago)
These remind me of some of Raol Dahl's stories,. Excellent performers. So much irony. Just discovered your channel.
Jane Quinn (5 months ago)
michael (5 months ago)
excellent narrators 👍
London .CHANEL (6 months ago)
Enjoyable simple stories.
Mangohead Quarters (6 months ago)
Enjoyed every minute, MangoHead Likes
The Crabbit Cow (6 months ago)
Arcel Glenn Mayrena (6 months ago)
1. The first story's great. It was quite funny, the twist was hilarious :) 2. Not really a deep story and not 'family friendly'. All her fears were also quite ungrounded, and it tells the listener that if you do something out of spite, you'll end up happy. Quite a shitty message, actually. 3. This was a sad story if you think about it. The kid's background and the shame surrounding his dilemma were quite tragic. I'm glad this had a positive ending. 4. I can't empathise with such a nasty character. The 'twist' at the end was stupid. Feel free to skip this. 5. The writing was really good. I am just so disappointed that the ending was so...abrupt? Yeah, we get it, you regret what you wanted all along. The ending could have been wittier. 6. I won't call this story comedy per se; but, it's an interesting story. Did the story just insinuate that the woman was a whor- you know what, I think I can conclude this on my own. I would also like to believe that this renewed their feelings for each other because there is so much more beneath the surface of their marriage. 7. I feel bad because it felt like it was being set up to something greater and the ending just fell really short. That punchline was stupid. I get the 'moral' of the story, just that it could have been presented better. 8. Long winding and so many irrelevant details for a short story, this story could have been cut by a third. I saw the ending a mile away. The shenanigans were quite funny, but really unbelievable. Anyway, I really loved the first story. Shame, majority of the other stories did not live up to the quality of the first. Great narration for all of them, though :)
Arcel Glenn Mayrena (5 months ago)
@Gottenhimfella By god, these are stories that are supposed to be shared WITH kids. I'm sorry, where I'm from, we don't normally teach infidelity and manipulation to preschoolers. Just a thought.
Gottenhimfella (5 months ago)
Regarding (in particular) your commentary to story 2, the notion that stories should convey a moral message, reward good moral behaviour, or in some other way end happily, seems to me a little strange. These are not Sunday school homilies ... Even the Bible does not invariably follow your prescription. Take for instance the parable in Matthew, about the servants and the talents. It is not describing the world as it ought to be, but as it is.
Colleen White (6 months ago)
1st story is reminiscent of The Cookie Thief poem
Alexa Penn (6 months ago)
Just love the Gertie story - the young mother is just adorable. . . :} The last one was hilarious - almost worthy of the situations of Wodehouse.
Alexa Penn (6 months ago)
i've heard the first story rewritten in various ways - i don't know why it's done so much ? it's a good one if you haven't heard one before. the post card one, i don't get at all - she wasn't a 'bad' sort. i love the boy at the beach story - thank goodness the kid knows this family :} (i know it's a story, but still.)
Nomadby Nature (7 months ago)
It would appear the Brits are a bit more relaxed about naked children than we are on this side of the pond.
Nomadby Nature (5 months ago)
@Gottenhimfella well said.
Gottenhimfella (5 months ago)
I think everyone (almost) is more relaxed on this, and related topics, than the descendants of the Separatists and Puritans who found England too worldly for their liking.
Honey Pea (7 months ago)
Beautifully written. Beautifully read. They’re light hearted , thought provoking a bit melancholic, realistic, and here to make you smile. You must remember that LOL had a different meaning once. What a Fine pedigree of old stage, film and tv actors reading
Chanel Hines (7 months ago)
Thank you love.
Patti (7 months ago)
What is it, and I am not being negative, what is it with tea. Every single story and show from England, has tea drinking. It is part of the story and must be a part of English life. So what is it, the attraction, or the habit, or whatever. Tea tea tea.
Fatal Phenom (3 months ago)
Americans are the same way with their complex coffees from Starbucks.
David Allen (8 months ago)
perhaps there may by strange people, ie. americans listening.
Alexa Penn (6 months ago)
i just love the way you include a country of millions of people and 50 states as "americans listening". i guess all the British are upper class twits as well !!! jeez!
Honey Pea (7 months ago)
David Allen these stories are read by such amazing stage , film and tv performers. How lucky are we to have these on you tube.
David Allen (8 months ago)
all lovely stories, whats wrong with some you narrow minded shitehawks.
Sauragamon (8 months ago)
Samantha (9 months ago)
I think the first story is something everyone every had xD but not just with KitKat's x)
ilike turtles (9 months ago)
If these are too risky for some of you delicate souls I recommend Disney Short Stories...or grow up ..either one
Honey Pea (5 months ago)
May be .he really did mean too risky though!
Alexa Penn (6 months ago)
@Pegasus thank you - very well put. . .
Pegasus (7 months ago)
Risky? Perhaps you meant "risqué"? If you want to belittle others, you will be more effective if you don't come off as illiterate.
Azzedine Dlih (9 months ago)
please! what is the name of the music
Cola (10 months ago)
the 2nd story is not funny at all, women ruined this poor mans life.
Arkhamkey (10 months ago)
3rd one was kinda perverse and disturbing xD (was it thus that made it funny??) 🤔
How lovely. The stories n your voice
J.M. Triangle (11 months ago)
Love James' narration!
TheOneZenith (11 months ago)
The first story was so British that I physically felt a cringe fog over me.
Wonderful Life (1 year ago)
I knew there would be a catch in the first story lol.
lana lake (2 months ago)
Wonderful Life - I was completely surprised, it was great!
Gottenhimfella (5 months ago)
Yes, but the writer (I thought) quite cleverly drew a red herring across the trail for those who were sure he was going to discover his own packet when he dropped something on the floor.
Jamie page (1 year ago)
please give me English subtitles...
Esther Grindle (1 year ago)
I say this as a review, not necessarily a criticism. But the first story was funny. The second one was not so much, maybe in a dark bitter way. Hardly appropriate for the whole family. As was the third story which was also actually kind of sad and with an almost disturbing feel to it. I didn't listen past the third as none so far had been funny, save the first.
Honey Pea (6 months ago)
They aren’t funny, they’re just gentle....nothing wrong with that!
Arcel Glenn Mayrena (6 months ago)
I agree with you. From all the stories, only the first one was funny.
Honey Pea (6 months ago)
I think a lot of people have really lost the ability to concentrate and comprehend like they once did, and we have got so used to sound bites, and fast paced in your face action on telly. This is not a criticism of your review, merely an observation. I suffer from insomnia and have found that I have managed to rekindle my love of nice slow paced stories that conclude gently.....short stories with no thrills, just a gentle pace, food for thought I guess
ilike turtles (9 months ago)
Sounds critical...perhaps easily offend and you should stick to g rated cartoons
WJY_ SHORT STORIES (1 year ago)
Loving this so far 👍 😀
A Resilience (1 year ago)
I liked the first story
Wendy Smith (1 year ago)
Loving all the stories
gamingwithmir 1 (1 year ago)
This in corne
Sandy Baker (1 year ago)
Love the stories every one and the terrific narrators. So intelligent British..put me right in a relaxed state of mind. They ere funny in a marvelous tongue in Check sort of way. More please.
Gottenhimfella (5 months ago)
It is extraordinary, though, that the writers of the stories do not get credited.
Marie Large (1 year ago)
How old are these stories? Sending postcards and enclosing SAE - who does that anymore? Mainly all the stories involve middle aged, middle class married couples in unrealistic and unfunny situations. All read in boring luvvie voices.
Honey Pea (5 months ago)
Blah123 oh yes. But it’s just a people thing isn’t it. I rather like these little stories . I listen in the dark for best effect.
Blah123 (5 months ago)
Well coffee and 4 bar kitkat for £1.05 must be pre 9/11 at least
Honey Pea (7 months ago)
How much did you pay? I got these stories free. These should be banned ,along with Shakespeare, as that only sometimes makes me smile. And for the record, I sent out a batch of SAE s last week. (2018)
Ruby Tuesday (7 months ago)
We were *not* promised stories that are up to the minute about young people. I for one love these. A big *Thank you* uploader. Keep them comming.
Stevie Mickelson (1 year ago)
Marie Large How oblivious are you to literature? Good stories stand the test of time. Would it make you happy if SAE and postcards were replaced with Facebook and emails?
Private i (1 year ago)
I've seen a couple of YouTube videos re-telling the first story, "Taking the Biscuits." I don't know as they credited where they got the idea from.
Patti (1 year ago)
There are wooshing sounds in the background , the story with Mrs. Bell with the plant don't know the name, then I realized the reader was near waves. How relaxing!!!
Diana Devlin (1 year ago)
Loved the first story
lana lake (2 months ago)
Diana Devlin - What a great story/ending, lol!!!
Heidi McHoo (4 months ago)
Same 😂
afallenangel100 (1 year ago)
not what i would call funny
Honey Pea (5 months ago)
afallenangel100 they weren’t described as funny...... a wry smile is the reward . ...a little twist at the end...aaah yes! No guffawing
Diarmuid Hurley (2 years ago)
Douglas adams
MrRickstopher (1 year ago)
Ted Wallerstedt (2 years ago)
Adams told it better.
Meg Altright (2 years ago)
im on the 3rd story...nothing funny
Spring Ranch (6 months ago)
Seriously? The humor of Thurber came to mind. WONDERFUL!
Honey Pea (7 months ago)
Beautifully written. Beautifully read. They’re light hearted , thought provoking a bit sad, realistic...to make you smile. LOL had a different meaning once.
Teacher Apple (9 months ago)
I think the title should have said AMUSING instead of funny. Still, it's free content, so let us all enjoy!
Philip Gregory (2 years ago)
Second story is hardly fit for the "whole family!"
Honey Pea (6 months ago)
Philip Gregory it’s merely mildly risqué, it’s no porn hub is it. Lol
Philip Gregory (2 years ago)
The first story was a good laugh. Not so much the second.

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