Trade Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ BBC Radio 1994
CS ISBN $22.00 Four cassettes
The delicate elements inherent in a long novel can easily be lost in adaptation: the comfort of a slowly unfolding tale, the careful pace of the narrative. Yet in the hands of BBC Radio Drama, Hardy’s classic becomes even more of a treasure. Michael Henchard, the Mayor of Casterbridge, misguidedly attempts redemption when his wife and daughter return 19 years after he’s betrayed them. The tale’s drama touches the soul, and the production is sublime--the sound effects of early England’s countryside are crafted with amazing subtlety; the acting and pace embrace the listener. It’s almost decadent to exist in this world for four hours. S.B. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 96]
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