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The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

Eight BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
Length: 36 hrs and 35 mins
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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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Great audiobook, needs an index!

Great audiobook, great performances that I enjoyed very much.

That being said, the lack of an index is hugely confusing. There is no way of knowing which chapter relates to which book. I've taken the liberty to outline it below:

1-20 David Copperfield
21-25 Bleak House
26-30 Hard Times
31 -34 Little Dorrit
35-39 A Tale of Two Cities
40-45 Great Expectations
46-65 Our Mutual Friend
66-70 The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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Gripping stuff but where is the index?

Chapters 1-20 contain David Copperfield and Bleak House starts at Chapter 21. However, the lack of any announcements about which book lies where or even when one ends and another begins lets down otherwise superb material. Furthermore, although the names of the cast are given in general terms in the advertising for the collection, there is no cast list for each production. It seems I shall have to live in ignorance about the actor who plays Mr Micawber so memorably. These omissions could so easily have been rectified but they mean that this production is flawed as a result.

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No story or chapter headings

This audible release has 36 hours of audio without ANY meaningful chapter headings or indications of where each story starts and finishes. Completely rediculous and not the first time I’ve found this. Would be so easy to fix. Actual productions are excellentt.

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It is such a great pity that there is no proper separation between the books.


The first book i enjoyed. The next book carries on as if it's the same story. There are no introductions this got a little confusing but I did enjoy listening to this collection

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Excellent listening

I have a free A-Z address book on my kindle and have noted the chapter numbers so that when I want to listen to a particular book again, I know exactly where to go. A previous reviewer has completed this for me as I am only half way through.

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NOW HAS CHAPTER HEADINGS0

Noticed that many of the reviews indicated that the collection had no chapter headings and so you could not tell which book you were reading or where you were up to - that seems to have been rectified - I have listened to these previously and they are a superb telling of Dickens work - they are available off and on for free on BBC IPlayer - but it is convenient to have them collected here for when you have a little time to relax with an old favourite.

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Superb

All the adaptations are really superbly done, extremely enjoyable and a great access point for Dickens. The indexing ous non existent but dont let this put you off, the performances far outweigh any minor index niggles.

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Great Expectations Ruined

Chapter one of Great Expectations on this is episode two. The narrator actually states at the beginning episode two so we come into the book after all the major players have already been introduced. We miss Pip's early family life ,his meeting with Magwich, his meeting with Miss Havisham. In fact if you don't already know the story it's a waste of time

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What's in the box?

Over 30hrs of Wickens. Great stories and performances. BUT no chapter titles and no introductions means that your guessing what you're listening too with a Google search or prior knowledge.

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enjoyable

when you buy this book by using a credit ,you get a lot for your money.
The stories are as usual overcomplicated ,but sound effects help a great in keeping you immersed.

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  • patrick
  • 23-03-18

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
  • 24-11-18

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
  • 04-03-19

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
  • 04-08-18

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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  • John W Kennington
  • 13-03-18

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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  • American Consumer
  • 09-05-20

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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  • Toby Everett
  • 18-04-20

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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  • Matt Booth
  • 31-05-18

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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