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In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio six-part dramatisation of Marcel Proust's groundbreaking series of novels, tracing the extraordinary story of the author's own life. Starring James Wilby and Jonathan Firth, and with a distinguished cast including Harriet Walter, Imogen Stubbs, and Corin Redgrave, this rich, multi-layered adaptation brings out all the variety and subtlety of Proust's magnificent masterpiece.

Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

©2009 Fiction Factory; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Pin Taipei city, Taiwan 12-11-10
    Pin Taipei city, Taiwan 12-11-10

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    "Absolutely First Class Drama!"

    Any adaption of literature is not really easy. This drama has reached an excellent height to make this complex novel understandable and compelling. Very sensitive, profound voice of narrator and all outstanding actors. Thanks for BBC and fiction factory produced such beautiful work!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-06-14
    Wendy 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, well-performed & enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare In Search of Lost Time (Dramatized) to and why?

    There is nothing like In search of lost time!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very well read and he helped to set the scene perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    It was a delightful way of getting an overview of the very log story despite the fact that I have listened to a 33 CD version also.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Die Falknerin 11-07-16 Member Since 2008

    Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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    "Top class drama"

    Michael Butt's adaptation and writing is brilliant, the acting outstanding, the music atmospheric. In fine, there's everything one could wish for in a BBC drama.

    Each of the six episodes is just under an hour: Swann's Way, The Budding Grove, The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Prisoner and the Fugitive, and Time Regained.

    When I was a young girl, I was surrounded by francophones who all but worshipped Proust. The paeans of adoration were unending! Sadly, even into university days, I just didn't get it: I gave up on Swann's Way before it ended.

    It took decades for me to approach Proust once more, read him carefully, and only then did I begin to understand and appreciate what he has to offer. While he still isn't a favorite, I do revisit him from time to time.

    I highly recommend this selection. For me, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, madeleines included, and provided an escape from the relentless election madness.

    (Note: There are some "adult situations," however, so keep this in mind should you have young children present).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christiane 08-03-16
    Christiane 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stunning"

    I now cannot wait to buy each of the books separately and hear all 3000 words.

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    Gareth G. 05-16-16
    Gareth G. 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing - Proust makes his life story so alive"

    Amazing - Proust makes his life story so alive

    a must read for everybody who asks themselves what goes on in other peoples' minds

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Serge Mosovich 07-04-15
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    "How much I enjoy listening to this adatation"

    loved it!! do you have such equally excellent radio !adaptations? is there a BBC audio catalogue?
    serge@sergemosovichmd. com

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    Allen 02-04-15
    Allen 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Real"

    The story is so relatable and captivating. The narration was done very well and the dramatization helped to understand every character better

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    aaron 06-10-16
    aaron 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes, this is how it is."

    A beautiful portrait of time, with some colorful characters and quite a bit of less-than-admirable behavior. Made me want to read the actual books, certainly.

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    Alexandra Berndsen 06-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I found this quite hard going. I could not sympathise with the main character, and did not get into this story at all.

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    C Houston, TX, United States 07-25-15
    C Houston, TX, United States 07-25-15 Member Since 2013

    MooreMom

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    "Not the book"

    After hearing this performance, I read up on the book, and this is not the book. If I hadn't experienced a similar performance of one of my favorite books, A Tale of Two Cities, I might have suspected Proust of erratic and disconcerting style, but since that is just how the performance comes across, and the performance is not the book, I honestly can't say. I can say, don't buy this if you want to hear the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    7/17/11
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    "BBC does Proust proud"

    An enchanting journey into Proust's greatest work, with the BBC's typical attention to sound quality. A difficult work is made approachable and mesmerising. Recommended to be listened to in the highest quality possible. It's a little like falling into someone else's mind.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • darren
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    7/30/15
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    "Wonderful"
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    I have wanted to read Proust for a while now, but was always a little daunted so opted for this wonderful BBC production and loved it. I now feel ready to start all the seven original/unabridged novels. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kasey
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    "Brilliant performance moved me to tears at times"

    Narration was brilliant felt like you were in the audience of a play than a book highly recommend downloading it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sasha
    Epanomi Thessalonikis, Greece
    12/23/12
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    "So glad I read it!"

    I'm so glad I read it! Reading a book is always better than the watching the film, and listening to a book is so much easier... Even though it lasts almost 6 hours I thought it was worth every minute of my time and I can't wait to get the rest of the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
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    4/26/12
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    "Beautifully read."

    I could not wait until I found time to listen each day. What a wonderful story made so much more vivid by the dramatisation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss C.
    5/5/16
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    "Interesting but not life changing"

    I have been meaning to read this for ages, I was recommended this version and I am really glad to have listened, I found it hard to like any characters enough to care about their love lives, hugely self indulgent, but still strangely addictive

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