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The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

Written by: Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Robert Glenister,Robert Lindsay,Ian Holm,Kenneth Cranham,Sir Ian McKellen,Alison Steadman,Geraldine McEwan,Andrew Scott
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Publisher's Summary

Enthralling radio dramatisations of eight of Charles Dickens' much-loved novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels.

This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his 'favourite child'; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens' most openly political novel, Hard Times; and Little Dorrit, a sweeping tale of imprisonment, poverty and riches. Also included are A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution; coming-of-age novel Great Expectations; sweeping satire of wealth and corruption Our Mutual Friend; and Dickens' final, unfinished story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott and Ian Holm, these radio adaptations bring Dickens' imaginative world to colourful, captivating life.

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An unworkable adaptation

I have enjoyed many dickens novels, both in print and audiobook format and, found this production to be unlistenable because the text is so abridged as to be baffling. It’s kind of like haiku dickens. I had read copper field recently so I skipped ahead to bleak house. Try as a might I couldn’t hang on to the plot… and I’ve read this one before too. After a couple hours I decided it to be pointless. Perhaps those who know the story and have the coles notes at hand to explain what’s going on might enjoy the performances. But this is not a recommended entry point into dickens. I bailed after a couple hours.

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