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Private Peaceful: A BBC Radio Drama

Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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Summary

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the powerful novel set in the First World War, from the author of War Horse.

This is the story of Thomas "Tommo" Peaceful, a young soldier who finds himself in Belgium, in the trenches of the First World War, with his brother Charlie. It is also the story of Tommo’s life, growing up in Devon with his brothers, and of his love for Molly, the beautiful girl he met on his first day at school.

As the story unfolds, from past to present, so approaches the hour when Tommo and Charlie will be separated forever. The horrors of the First World War, and the injustice meted out to the soldiers who fought in it, are movingly described.

Recorded on location in Iddesleigh, the Devon village where the book is set, this radio dramatisation features among its cast Paul Chequer, Nicholas Lyndhurst, and author Michael Morpurgo himself.

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Unforgettable.....

Where does Private Peaceful: A BBC Radio Drama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened to so far. As a dramatisation it works so well!

What did you like best about this story?

A brilliant dramatisation of a Michael Morpurgo classic. This is the story of two brothers who go to fight in the First World War. Yet this is not a usual story of battle as it explores an aspect of war rarely mentioned and you are drawn towards the inevitable heartbreaking conclusion.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators are totally believable. You feel their bond and you sympathise with their plight. You find yourself not wanting the book to end as you realise what is in store for them..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final chapters of the book are heartbreaking. Have your tissues ready. It is one of those endings where you are stunned into silence for a long time afterwards.

Any additional comments?

It is tragic, sad, poignant and unforgettable. This audiobook will stay with you for a long long time....

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 07-07-19

Touching war drama

private peaceful touches on many important subjects that a teenager that is interested in in history but enjoy. I like the dramatization of this story. I will probably read the original and unabridged version to get the depth I've some of the characters. a touching drama of self-sacrifice and love Between Brothers in a stressful time. brings World War 1 to life.