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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection

Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Classics
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The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce

'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë

Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret.

'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë

On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences.

'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë

Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess.

'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë

Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall.

'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë

A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811.

'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë

Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love.

'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë

As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love.

Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie. 

Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

4 stars!!

Most of the stories in this composition were wonderful and I greatly enjoyed them (I will probably relisten to them again), but the story "Withering Heights" was a tougher story to listen to but the actors did an excellent job reading their parts.

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  • Suzie
  • 03-12-18

Great introduction to the Brontes

The radio play format provided engaging abridged versions of the novels that made it easy to get exposed to all their work.

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  • KaraBee
  • 03-04-19

Great introduction or refresher

I enjoyed these more that I thought I would, and even better, my husband enjoyed them as well. Very well done

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  • Debbie
  • 15-06-19

Most stories are depressing and/or cruel but...

...performance is fabulous. In every story there is cruelty, abuse, brutality, and meanness so they are rather depressing. Not great stories if you ask me, but I really enjoyed the performances.

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  • Doug
  • 15-10-19

Simply Wonderful!

Every one of these adaptations were enthralling. You become a silent witness to everything. 😁

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  • Melinda
  • 01-02-19

Great Selection

Lovely stories, some old favourites & a few not so familiar but all most enjoyable & well performed.

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  • victoria hinton
  • 20-01-19

Wonderful

It's so nice to be able to download all these stories in one go. I personally find The Professor and Agnes Grey rather boring, but that's the writing, not the performances. Overall a great listen!

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  • StitchFreak
  • 19-10-18

Wonderful!

I felt like I was there. This isn’t someone just reading a book, there is a sense of place and time and reality to these stories. Brilliantly done. Thank you!

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  • glassophile
  • 11-10-18

background music<br />

just issuing a heads-up , on Jane Eyre at moment which is the first story and there is consistent background music at a fairly loud level. enough be distracting and intrusive.
worse , the music is Gorecki's Symphony of sorrowful Songs which is tawdry and tedious piece.
I find it strange logic that we choose an audiobook only to have someone's choice of music forced upon us. the frequency of this seems to be increasing.
the BBC are at fault for this one but Audible are guilty in some cases, there's a Hitchcock edition of the free Audible books which has music constantly and is impossible to listen to.

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  • Bookish
  • 13-07-19

A captivating dramatisation

This is a great dramatisation of the Bronte collection. While I felt that Jayne Eyre could have had a little more depth, overall I loved the production. I thought Wuthering Heights, and the Tennant of Wildfell Hall were outstanding in the way they captured Heathcliffe's brutality, and the Huntingdon's controlling nature. Highly recommended.

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  • Wendy
  • 08-05-19

Fresher than the freshest air ...

Author Rachel Joyce and producer Tracey Neale have put together the most beautiful collection of the Bronte sisters books in a unique and loving way. They've given me a whole new perspective on Wuthering Heights which I always found too dark. I never understood its popularity. I should have realised the love that would be brought to the task by Rachel Joyce, one of my favourite authors. And now, to hear these wonderfully performed radio plays written by Rachel Joyce, I understand why other performances and radio adaptations leave me cold. Thank you. Congratulations for the freshness whilst maintaining the honesty and spirit of the Bronte voices. This is an excellent collection where we are treated to the social mores of the past whilst highlighting how little progress we've made. I visited the snow-clad Parsonage in Haworth when I was travelling, with the hope of soaking up some skills by osmosis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-18

This is what I’ve been waiting for!

I love dramatisations. Ever since listening to the dramatisations of Jane Austen’s novels I have been obsessed; and eagerly awaiting the dramatisations of the Bronte sisters novels! Brilliant adaptations and performances. I especially appreciate the inclusion of ALL of the novels not simply Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, which, while brilliant, are always the only Bronte books to get any attention in popular culture.
In conclusion, yay! I love them! And thank you.