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The Brontë BBC Radio Drama Collection

By: Anne Brontë, Rachel Joyce, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë
Narrated by: Anna Maxwell-Martin, Ella Kendrick, Emma Fielding, full cast, Jemima Rooper, Juliet Aubrey, Lesley Sharp, Tom Burke
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Summary

The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë

Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret.

'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë

On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences.

'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë

Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess.

'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë

Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall.

'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë

A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811.

'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë

Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love.

'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë

As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love.

Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie.

Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

©2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Bronte brilliance

Loved every minute of it and discovered Bronte books I had never known. The voice dramatisations were so well matched to the characters they were portraying.

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Loved it.

I loved these plays. The actors were well chosen and adaptations were brilliantly done. Would recommend.

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Good adaptations

On the whole these were good adaptations and stayed fairly faithful to the books. The spirit and style of the Bronte sisters was still there. Thankfully they were not changed out of recognition like TV period dramas so often are these days!!

It would have been better if they had been grouped with each authors works together and in the order they wrote them so that one could appreciate their development and individual writing styles.
Named chapter headings would make navigating the different books easier.

Also the fact they were short radio episodes meant that the story line was quite bumpy as you were constantly getting a resume and music introductions. It would be a much better listen if these had been edited out so the story flowed smoothly.

I did struggle to hear everything when either the actors dropped their voices or the music/sound effects were too much. This is often a serious barrier to enjoying radio drama.

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Great Selection

Lovely stories, some old favourites & a few not so familiar but all most enjoyable & well performed.

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Brought the Brontes to life

I've never been able to stick with a Bronte book. My mind wonders off and I get bored before the end of the first chapters - except Jane Eyre. I managed that one once.

This audiobook brought to life stories I've been wishing I could enjoy for years. Every aspect was thoroughly enjoyable and I've listened to a couple of the stories more than once. It's well worth 5 stars all round.

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Wonderful

It's so nice to be able to download all these stories in one go. I personally find The Professor and Agnes Grey rather boring, but that's the writing, not the performances. Overall a great listen!

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Classic literature

I thoroughly enjoyed all of these works. Very well narrated, clear and concise. Loved it

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Beautifully Cast and Adapted

Rachel Joyce masterfully adapts the entire Brontë canon with only the most reverent approach. Each story is vividly brought to life through a full soundscape from birdsong to movements of music to truly create the landscape the sisters inhabited. A must listen and a really accessible way to indulge in the Brontë sister’s work.

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simply sublime

Loveed every second and so sad once it was over. The adaptations took me ti another place where time passed me by, I spent my afternoons sewing and listening to the stories during lockdown due to Covid-19.

I hadn't realised Rachel Joyce was author of Harold Fry, another book I recently listened to which transported me to a happy place I bought the follow up with Queenie. thank you all so much for the joy you have given me this passed week. x

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Well dramatised versions

Loved this compilation- the dramatisation was excellent and captured the stories well, despite being shortened. Only wish the chapter headings were clearer, as difficult to know which story you are on!

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