Trade Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ BBC Radio 2004
CD ISBN 0792735897 $29.95 Three CDs
If you'd had a crystal set tuned to the BBC in its earliest years, you would have been a witness--an "earwitness"--to some pivotal moments in British history. While this first audiobook in a continuing series relies on modern interviews to bolster historic content, it lacks nothing in terms of color, flavor, or authenticity. Tim Pigott-Smith does his usual smashing job of voicing narration with depth, intelligence, and warmth, while elderly survivors of a bygone age fascinate with their broad palette of accents, memories, and anecdotes. The BBC is a master of information sharing, and here you will learn antique customs of class, style, and caste in the first decade of twentieth-century Britain. An audio treasure for listeners of all ages, lovers of history, and admirers of the human spirit. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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