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Publisher's Summary

Michael Kitchen stars as John Jarndyce in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' classic tale of London and the law.
© and (P)1999, 2006 BBC Audiobooks LTD

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  • Martin
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 05-16-10

Unusual radio dramatization

I didn't find the accents difficult to understand and the acting is extraordinarily good for an audio book. The challenge with this dramatization is that it sounds like the soundtrack to a television version: it's often difficult to figure out where we are and who's there. It's from BBC Radio 4 but seems as though it was minimally reedited from a TV version. If you know the story already, this is a very fun experience. If you don't, you may be lost.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Bleak Full House

Where does Bleak House (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a great adaptation of a classic story. Perhaps the best one I have heard!

What other book might you compare Bleak House (Dramatised) to and why?

It compares to some of the other great BBC adaptations that I have heard...I like the radio play elements of this.

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

I have not heard this company do an adaptation of a book before. There were some great performances by great actors

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

I did react to the dramatic/suspenseful moments. They made me react in a strong way. Loved driving in the city and being surprised by the events

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  • Hal
  • Doral, FL, USA
  • 08-02-07

British speaking

This might be just right for the English, but hard to understand for an American.

I had to give up, I suspect Dickens is better raw.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-11

A classic production

An hugely accessible and atmospheric production of Charles Dickens' classic story. Touching, absorbing, full of pathos and in places genuinely creepy, the story is been beautifully adapted and acted throughout.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Aapjebaapje
  • 04-23-17

If you want the bones of the story listen to this

This is an excellent dramatisition but it is abridged a little too far for me. Sometimes I felt dragged rather than led through the story but if you want an introduction to the story it is an wonderful performance.

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  • 12-21-16

AN EXCELLENT RADIO FULL CAST PRODUCTION

One of the best radio productions of Bleak House.

Professional cast who bring out the warmth and intense characters in this book so much, you feel you are there with them as they experience this tragedy. You can almost feel and smell the acrid atmosphere of the old foggy smelly Victorian London only Dickens is master.

The book is long and involved which the directors, producers and writers have lovingly adapted to ensure we have as much of the basics of the story of which I think is quite excellent.

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  • Alev Haddadieh
  • 12-12-16

An accomplished happy ending

the plot, characters, child hangers all very rich and the reader will least respect of what is to come.

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  • Avril Little
  • 07-23-15

A great abridged, dramatised version

What did you like most about Bleak House (Dramatised)?

Bleak House is actually we quite a long book and filled with numerous minor characters. This is a great way of listening to the story in an abridged version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleak House (Dramatised)?

Getting the sense of the squalor

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

The dramatic music

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

When Jim dies

Any additional comments?

Great book

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  • paula
  • 07-18-15

Fantastic production

The dramatisation was excellent, a gripping and complex tale with great performances and atmospheric soundscore and music.

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  • gordon
  • 04-07-13

Well dramatised

If you can't face reading the entire novel! LONG! This is the answer - great performances by an able cast.