The A-Z of Dr Johnson - Boswell's Life of Johnson

  • by James Boswell
  • Narrated by Kenneth Cranham, Full Cast
  • 1 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Dramatization by Robin Brooks of James Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Johnson's birth.
Episode 1: Young Boswell comes to London to seek out his hero. He wants to write a biography of the great man 'in scenes', with Johnson's conversation cast as dialogue. Nothing quite like this has ever been attempted before.
Episode 2: Boswell visits Johnson only intermittently, but relies on him more and more. Johnson meets Hester Thrale, who becomes his devoted friend and confidante, and the most important person in his life.
Starring Kenneth Cranham and full cast. Directed by Claire Grove.

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A BRILLIANT ADAPTATION

I just love this adaptation of the A-Z of Dr Johnson. I am suprised how well this is produced and is so comfortable to listen to that I have enjoyed this at least 3 times since purchasing which to be honest, I was not to sure I would like. It is nicely written and the characters are appealing. I feel sympathetic towards the grumbling Dr Johnson who is quite a rough bully on top but rather a gentle person underneath if only he would admit it, but maybe we would not have his works as they are if he had been any different. An enjoyable way to get to know this old fashioned character as well as some good old fashioned acting. I would like some more full casts like this one.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2013
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited