Audible Premium Plus

$14.95 a month

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $8.26

Buy for $8.26

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Jenny Seagrove and Nigel Havers star in this BBC Radio 2 production of Noël Coward’s classic tale of forbidden love.

Laura Jesson is a happily married woman until a chance encounter in a train station café draws her to Dr Alec Harvey. Literally bumping into each other brings temptation, danger and guilt into their lives and a doomed love affair ensues...

A classic love story, Brief Encounter was made into a much-loved and hugely successful film in 1945, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. This 2009 adaptation is faithful to Coward’s original screenplay and features a distinguished cast including Jenny Seagrove and Nigel Havers.

The 'Classic Radio Theatre' range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

What listeners say about Brief Encounter (Classic Radio Theatre)

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for M. Price
  • M. Price
  • 05-04-15

A Brief Encounter with the Golden Age

I was slightly wary when I saw Brief Encounter was available, after all the film is iconic and surely the play would be very dated? But it is a real gem, Jenny Seagrove and Nigel Havers take on the mantles of Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard admirably and the rest of the cast are equally good . Although the story's morals are outmoded, they are charming and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance. Not for nothing was Nöel Coward called The Master.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Liz
  • Liz
  • 07-09-15

Doesn't stand comparison with the film

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they had not seen the film! Seagrove and Havers are well cast (although the wonderful Nicholas Farrell is wasted) but it lacks the impact of the film and - perhaps overcompensating for the medium - Seagrove does sound somewhat hystrionic at points, contrary to the repression of the characters' emotions which is the crux of the story. Missed the Rachmaninov score too - why use it only at the end?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Laura is the centre of the story, and the conceit of having her narrate events to her - not listening, complacent - husband is brilliant, conveying her real isolation.

What three words best describe Jenny Seagrove and Nigel Havers ’s performance?

Perfect voices for roles but Seagrove overdoes it at times.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I have!

Any additional comments?

This is probably as good a radio adaptation as you could get - it's just that it's impossible to get close to the impact of the film.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Highlight
  • Highlight
  • 11-22-20

GREAT CLASSIC RADIO BREIF ENCOUNTER

Spoilt by the wooden soulless acting of Jenny Seagrove whom is so obviously miss cast. She was good in the classic “A Woman of Substance”, but in this radio production of Brief Encounter it is the male characters who hold this together. Everyone who loves this story does so because of the brilliant acting in the black & white film of the 1940’s. You can tell Seagrove is struggling with the part as she is soulless, absolutely ‘no’ passion nor excitement in her supposed to be ‘Head over Heals in Love with & Obsessively Passionate’ Character obsessed with this wonderful man whom has suddenly entered into her boring staid life. She is almost embarrassing and simply awful.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jacqueline Edwards
  • Jacqueline Edwards
  • 04-12-20

A wonderful piece of nostalgia

Old fashioned but sweet. Jenny Seagrove and Nigel Havers are perfect in the roles made famous by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.