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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection

Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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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.

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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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Wonderful!

I felt like I was there. This isn’t someone just reading a book, there is a sense of place and time and reality to these stories. Brilliantly done. Thank you!

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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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background music<br />

just issuing a heads-up , on Jane Eyre at moment which is the first story and there is consistent background music at a fairly loud level. enough be distracting and intrusive.
worse , the music is Gorecki's Symphony of sorrowful Songs which is tawdry and tedious piece.
I find it strange logic that we choose an audiobook only to have someone's choice of music forced upon us. the frequency of this seems to be increasing.
the BBC are at fault for this one but Audible are guilty in some cases, there's a Hitchcock edition of the free Audible books which has music constantly and is impossible to listen to.

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Loved it!

I enjoyed everything about this collection. It was a change to have a listen that included several stories by one talented family. The dramatic element was well done and enhanced the classic tales.

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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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  • Suzie
  • 03-12-18

Great introduction to the Brontes

The radio play format provided engaging abridged versions of the novels that made it easy to get exposed to all their work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

4 stars!!

Most of the stories in this composition were wonderful and I greatly enjoyed them (I will probably relisten to them again), but the story "Withering Heights" was a tougher story to listen to but the actors did an excellent job reading their parts.

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  • KaraBee
  • 03-04-19

Great introduction or refresher

I enjoyed these more that I thought I would, and even better, my husband enjoyed them as well. Very well done

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  • Doug
  • 15-10-19

Simply Wonderful!

Every one of these adaptations were enthralling. You become a silent witness to everything. 😁

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  • Debbie
  • 15-06-19

Most stories are depressing and/or cruel but...

...performance is fabulous. In every story there is cruelty, abuse, brutality, and meanness so they are rather depressing. Not great stories if you ask me, but I really enjoyed the performances.

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