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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.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What listeners say about The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

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  • patrick
  • 2018-03-23

Only thing lacking is consistent titles

The acting is excellent. The quality is amazing as usual for these BBC programs. The only thing I thought was lacking was that a few of the stories are not introduced well. I am aware that these were produced as dramas and there is different production across titles. For the money, for the over all quality and massively enjoyable 35hrs+ ...a bargain.

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  • Christine
  • 2018-11-24

Excellent!

About fifteen years ago, after hearing one of his descendants interviewed on a local radio station, I was inspired to read the entire works of Charles Dickens; it took me about five years to read through his vast collection of works, but it was well worth it. Recently I had been considering revisiting at least some of my favorites of his novels but was somewhat reluctant to take time away from discovering new authors and books.

Enter The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years, an excellent and entertaining way to refresh my memory of Charles Dickens' last eight novels. Owing to the extreme length and vast cast of characters of his books, changes have been made to accommodate what I am assuming were budget and time constraints: some characters are missing from each adaptation (mostly minor) and storylines are changed accordingly, but for the most part these are beautifully acted faithful adaptations. It would have been nice if each drama had an introduction and its cast listed instead of just about half of the dramas, but that is a minor detraction.

Following are my ratings for the individual dramas included in this collection:

David Copperfield: 5 stars
Bleak House: 4.5 stars
Hard Times: 4.5 stars
Little Dorrit: 5 stars
A Tale of Two Cities: 4 stars
Great Expectations: 4.5 stars
Our Mutual Friend: 5 stars
The Mystery of Edwin Drood: 3 stars


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  • Mark or Lynn
  • 2019-03-04

Entertaining performance of abridged stories

Ch. 1 DAVID Copperfield, Ch.20 Bleak House, 26 Hard Times, 30 Little Dorrit, 35 Two Cities, 40 Great Expectations, 46 Our Mutual Friend, 66 The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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  • Kindle Customer Drucilla
  • 2018-08-04

An introduction to each book would be nice.

The performance is good but there is no indication for when the story ends and another book begins.

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  • American Consumer
  • 2020-05-09

Good dramatization, but hard to follow unless you've already read the books.

I enjoyed listening, but there are a few problems. 1-It's very hard to search and find a particular story. The table of contents lists chapters, but doesn't tell you where each book begins or which books are in this compilation. In addition, if you click on the chapter it doesn't take you to a different place. For books that I haven't yet read, It is very hard to follow the storyline and keep track of the characters.

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  • John W Kennington
  • 2018-03-13

lacks book titles but still good

A well acted retelling of the classic Dickens stories but fails to identify the titles. needs work.

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  • Toby Everett
  • 2020-04-18

Solid performances but abridged

I am new to downloading here, but should have known that radio dramas would be severely edited. Still, one should be able to tell when story ends and another begins. Disheartened at the editing. Very good acting as would be expected.

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  • Cate C
  • 2020-10-17

LOVELY PRESENTATIONS of DICKENS'S CLASSICS.

The stories aren't just read aloud. They are presented with a cast of people and sound effects, much like a radio play. This dynamic presentation kept my attention. There were only a few low/slow points to work through the books. FABULOUS!

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  • Matt Booth
  • 2018-05-31

Not a good Audio book

This radio broadcast does not translate into a good audio book. It's hard to follow when details of a scene are not explained.

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