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The Cazalets Audiobook

The Cazalets: The Epic Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisation

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Publisher's Summary

Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga, Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside.

During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.

Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author’s death.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Die Falknerin 10-31-14 Member Since 2008

    Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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    "Return to Home Place"

    If you've never met the Cazalets, let this be your introduction. And if you have, you'll love returning to Home Place to see them all again. The casting is perfect: every performance was distinctive, powerful, and absolutely top class. It was enjoyable to hear the ever-ladylike Penelope Wilton's narration throughout. It is a bit of a soap opera, of course, and rather melodramatic in parts. (I would have liked deeper characterization in several places). But what a story! It has everything: war, peace, love, desire, denial, regret...all of human life. You won't forget these characters, nor "Home Place" the estate that is, if you will, a character in itself. Highly recommended to those who love a sweeping family saga, and to all who enjoy hearing BBC Radio at its very best.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Orleans 08-01-16
    Amazon Customer New Orleans 08-01-16 Member Since 2010

    I work at a computer with numbers. I 'Audible' like others game. I write a little too.

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    "amazing family story"

    so well done. so much family detail in this story, its hard not to be completely hooked.

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  • sarah
    7/22/15
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    "Lose yourself in this epic family saga"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cazalets the most enjoyable?

    The story, it's always all about the story telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel, lovable and believable


    What does Penelope Wilton and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Listening while on holiday so lying on a beach was transported into their world


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long for that !


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • blueannacee
    London, UK
    12/6/15
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    "Like snuggling up with a duvet and a box of chocs"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cazalets the most enjoyable?

    Penelope Wilton's beautiful narration and the perfect dramatisation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cazalets?

    Sid's fight against cancer.


    Have you listened to any of Penelope Wilton and Full Cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No not yet but I am looking forward to listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Numerous moments moved me. Although my hanky was used many times for sad bits, there is a lovely sense of hope throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    The Cazalets books are one of my favourite reads and this dramatisation is just wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kaz
    4/17/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I didn't want this to end. I would like to know what happens next. I felt bereft when it ended. I loved every character played, even if I disliked the portrayed character traits. I wish there was more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    9/18/16
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    "Marvellous!!!!"

    Hours of being in the company of the Cazalet family - pure joy! I couldn't recommend highly enough!! Great story and great performances - such a shame when it ended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Maureen Cate
    Wollaston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom
    8/24/16
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    "Poignant family saga..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cazalets to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cazalets?

    Too many to choose one...


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Polly's first visit to Gerald's home.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I spread it over three days - one has to sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the books and the dramatisation is essentially truncated but, none-the-less, the spirit of this moving story of a large family is encapsulated here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Dilworth
    8/8/16
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    "Just blissful!"

    I've read all five books about the Cazalets and enjoyed them so much I thought it would be nice to hear the story read aloud to me. The play was perfect, the actors sounded just like the way I heard them in my head when I read the books. I really enjoyed this and would happily listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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