UPDATE: It’s the seventieth anniversary of the Hebrides wreck of the S.S. Politician with a cargo of whisky during rationing time. The real Whisky Galore story continues, with seventy-year-old whisky, and a collector of artifacts.
David Rintoul has an abridged audiobook of Whisky Galore out at Audible.com, produced by Hachette. (Pretty much all the Hachette audiobooks are severely abridged, but read by famous and/or good actors. It’s both clever and kind of cruel. But even a severely abridged version of the book is pretty fun.)
OTOH, Audio Go (which was BBC Audiobooks, which was Chivers Audio, which first fully converted me to audiobooks) has an unabridged version by Ken Stott. We wants it. We wants it, my precious. The BBC’s online store has it on sale this weekend, but they don’t ship to America if it’s something I actually want. The BBC America store doesn’t carry it. Audio Go’s American website is still (currently) called bbcaudiobooksamerica.com, btw. On their retail site, you can download some free Pronzini and Gaiman audiobooks, among other freebies. Unfortunately, you can’t find Compton Mackenzie.
I’m telling you, it’s a sad day when nobody will sell you what you want to buy.
Every so often, BBC 7 runs an hour-long dramatization of Whisky Galore, in the style of a BBC radio documentary and with field recordings (or imitation ones) of Hebrides music included. Just as with the movie, the snippets of conversational Gaelic and the authentic music really make the book come alive.
They’ve also got an unabridged reading of Monarch of the Glen by David Rintoul. I’ve heard this one before, on cassette tape from Chivers Audio at the downtown library. Apparently said library has deaccessioned it. Ochon! It’s a bit hard on the American characters’ accents, as usual, but it’s a very lively and well-acted reading.