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by | Read by Simon Cadell, Michael Kitchen, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy

Audio Theater • 8.75 hrs. • Audio Program • © 1998

Happily, all kinds of pitfalls have been avoided in this dramatization. Because Dickens's authorial voice is so strong, his work can be badly dramatized in scripts. This is not the case here. This BBC dramatization keeps portions of the omniscient narration, using it to bridge gaps. Quiet multilayered sound effects--a baby crying, the clink of coins--set the stage and never overwhelm the core narratives. Despite the size of the cast, each character is immediately recognizable, due to the distinct class and regional accents, a feature that is entertaining in itself. Though the complex plot combines death, romance, and changes in fortune, this production makes following them all a pleasure. G.T.B.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]



Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America/ BBC Radio • 2003

CS ISBN 0563496096 $54.95 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 056349610X $54.95 • Seven CDs

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