Friday, December 14, 2012

Review # 259: Oliver Twist - The Definitive Full-Cast Audio Dramatization of the Charles Dickens Classic

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     With cinema-quality sound and an original soundtrack, this audio drama tells the story of a young orphan sent from a child farm to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets. Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption to all around him.

     When I was seven I came across an illustrated copy of Dickens' Oliver Twist, and ever since, I have
read the book at least once a year; it definitely belongs on my "favorites" list. So when I had a chance to experience the full cast Radio Theatre audio book complete with the original musical score, I made sure I got a copy! The audio package includes over 5 1/2 hours of "audio drama" on 5 CD's, as well as a bonus DVD with a behind-the-scenes documentary of the broadcast and a look into today's "modern Olivers". I was very pleased with the outer case that held the CD's/DVD; the artwork and overall format was well-chosen and interesting to read. The space under the audio CD's held the descriptions of the characters, author, cast, and crew, and photos of the main cast were located on the reverse panel.  I always enjoy having something to look at when I am listening to an audio-book, so the additional material suited me well. The audio was very clear, the volume was consistent and well-balanced, and I could definitely envision Oliver stealing a loaf of bread and hightailing-it down a cobblestone street. I have seen (and acted in) the musical version before, so I did know what to expect -- and my expectations were thoroughly met! I could have been watching Oliver on Broadway, (and at the volume I listened to it, my parents probably thought that there was a chorus in my bedroom). I will absolutely be listening to this audio-book again and again! Recommended for all readers/listeners, especially kids and teens! Great gift idea; educational too!

Rating: Perfect Getaway! (5/5)

*** I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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