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This narration / dramatisation of Dickens' masterpiece has been lovingly produced with an excellent script and a star-studded cast ( Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman and others ). A bried glimpse at the CVs of these actors confirms their impressive achievements in film and theatre. So with a story of such richness and a cast of this quality what could go wrong ?
In my opinion the actors sometimes forget that we can't see them as we would do on the screen or stage which makes vocal clarity and diction absolutely crucial. There are passages where they become so involved in the emotional intensity, characterisation and accents that it's difficult to understand what is being said. The opening scene where Pip meets Magwitch for the first time is charged with menace and evokes the scene with great atmosphere, but large tracts of the dialogue are simply unintelligible. It's such a pity, just a little more restraint would make it so much more enjoyable. My children who love radio theatre just couldn't follow some sections and disengaged. At one point in this opening scene I even thought I'd downloaded a foreign language version.
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One of my favorite books. Was not disappointed in the performance of the cast who did an amazing job. Dickens would be flattered at how well this was done. I'm probably going to listen to it many, many more times.
Excellent story! Loved the different people playing the characters.
I think the heavy breathing was a little overused and it was hard to understand the 2 convicts at times.