Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2007
CD ISBN 9780792749875 $29.95 Two CDs
DD ISBN 1405628936 $50.19
This BBC Radio adaptation of THE HISTORY BOYS stars several of the actors who made the original play, and subsequent film, such a hit. Briefly, the plot involves eight bright senior boys at an average grammar school for whom a tutor is hired to prep them for the Oxbridge entrance exams. Intellectual and personal fireworks ensue and offer the audience a charged and involving two hours. Unfortunately, the radio adaptation is choppy and difficult to follow. One often doesn't know who is speaking, visually funny scenes don't work in audio, and the tension of the original has vanished. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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