Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review: Oliver Twist - Radio Theatre


Oliver Twist is the fascinating tale by Charles Dickens produced by Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre.  Our family has loved listening to other great Radio Theatre productions, usually in the car while on long road trips.  They are very well done and much more captivating for all audiences because it is a drama and not just a reading of the book.

Oliver Twist has proven to be our favorite production so far.  This beautifully packaged Dickens classic comes with 5 CDs containing over 5 1/2 hours of audio drama and 1 DVD.  The real surprise being the DVD.  The DVD is a behind-the-scenes view of the making of this audio drama and a heart-wrenching look at our modern foster care system (or as they refer to them as "modern Olivers").  I loved how they made an old story so relevant to today's world and urge the listeners to respond.

As far as the drama - well done.  Really, it is just that simple.  You will have to listen to it yourself to see if I'm right.  They mention on the documentary that this rendition contains more of the story than any other production.  While I cannot verify this from personal knowledge, just the length of the drama should serve to validate their claims.  The acting crew does an incredible job of drawing the listener into this tale, and you will be amazed as the time flies by while you listen to it.  (That is especially nice when you listen to it while exercising!)

5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this drama from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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