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Under Milk Wood (2003 Production) (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dylan Thomas
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12 Jun 2008 BBC Audio
Richard Burton's voice has been digitally remastered and seamlessly mixed with an all-Welsh cast to create a magical, fresh visit to the unique but universal world of Llareggub. Richard Burton's inimitable narration as First Voice in the BBC's 1963 recording of Under Milk Wood was hugely acclaimed. In this 2003 production, the famous radio play has been given a fresh lease of life. Richard Burton's unforgettable performance joins a celebrated all-Welsh cast in a highly-acclaimed dramatisation of this classic 'play for voices'. Touching, eerie and very funny, the play tells the story of a day in the life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh seaside town, their dreams and routines, their loves and regrets, their hopes and fears. With characters and phrases that have entered daily parlance, the play opens with 'To begin at the beginning' and features such much-loved characters as No Good Boyo, Lilly Smalls, Polly Garter, Organ Morgan and Captain Cat. Among the all-Welsh cast are Sian Phillips, Matthew Rhys and Glyn Houston, as well as a special guest appearance by John Humphrys. With an entrancing new musical score by John Hardy, this is set to become the classic version of a spellbinding play.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400531
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the second BBC full cast recording of Dylan Thomas' most famous work Under Milk Wood, made in 1964. It retains most of the cast from the first recording, and, I'm told, restores some passages cut from the earlier version.

Richard Burton puts in one of his best performances as the narrator, with every syllable nuanced to perfection. It's so easy to just relax and let his wonderful, rich voice gently pull you in to the story. It's a part he was born for; he clearly had a great respect for the work and put all his wonderful talent into the part.

The story itself is the day in the life of a Welsh village, Llaregub, starting with the dreams of the villagers before they wake up, and then following an almost bewildering succession of characters through the day until night fall. A tale of every day lives and loves, exquisitely told.

The main star of the piece is Dylan Thomas' wonderful language. Not a word is out of place; each syllable is perfect and cannot be improved on. The text flows seamlessly even when jumping form character to character. The actors came together superbly to make this work as well in audio as it does on the written page, but without the painstaking agonising of Thomas over every word it wouldn't have worked.

An excellent purchase, I can't recommend this enough. It's just right for a rainy Sunday evening by the fireside.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance of a truly great work 24 Oct 2003
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Under Milk Wood is one of the finest examples of writing you will ever read, or in this case hear. Words of such depth, lilt and lyrical rhythm that they take the breath away. It is genuinely difficult to find terms that do this masterpiece of the English language justice - so I will not try, just listen and be entranced by the magic of Dylan Thomas's unique genius.

To find a recording of this work that does it justice is rare indeed - and the BBC production on these CDs is as close to perfection as I have ever heard. This is the "Under Milk Wood" by which all others are judged and found wanting. Buy it. Listen to it. Please.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but seek out the 1954 original if you can 14 April 2009
By Livfoss
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As others have pointed out, this version was recorded by the BBC in stereo a few years after the original mono broadcast - the cast was almost the same but not quite, and some cuts were restored. But there is something magical about the original recording which is still available from Naxos, so unless mono sound puts you off, I would say that's the one to go for.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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The BBC recording of the 'play for voices' with Richard Burton as the lead narrator, is a wonderful creation. The story of South-West Wales fishing village, following the life of the village as a single day passes, it is a glorious composition of finely drawn characters. The word play is poetic, the inter-twined lives of the voices are surreal, the atmosphere is tangible. There is comedy and pathos as the author and the superb cast of voices draw out the stories within the village. It's best listened to in the dark, start to finish, in one sitting. Let the pictures flood through your mind; the words and voices are so evocative. Then read it to yourself, preferably with a well-annotated version that explains all the nuances and subtleties. You will not be able to read it without hearing Richard Burton's rich voice in your mind and seeing again the village, cascading down the hills to the little harbour, and every place within where a little drama is happening. Unforgetable.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Written as a "play for voices" for the BBC, this historic audiotape features the all-Welsh cast of the original BBC production from 1954. Richard Burton is the First Voice, which connects all the characters, played by twenty-eight men, women, and children. With perfect diction and the sense of character which only a great actor can convey, Burton rolls his R's, modulates his voice in pitch and intensity, and makes Thomas's poetry come fully alive--full of alliteration and various kinds of rhyme, with nouns and adjectives used as verbs to convey action and sense impressions simultaneously, and always a wry humor and honesty of feeling.
Depicting one full day in the life of a small town in Wales, Thomas shows its motley residents as they awaken, perform their daily tasks, socialize, gossip, and daydream about the past that might have been and the future that may yet hold hope. When night falls and the residents retire, their losses and disappointments, along with their escapes into dreams, are given voice and poignancy. Polly Garter, with her numerous children by numerous fathers, dreams of Willie, a very small man who was the love of her life. Captain Cat, the blind bell-ringer, thinks of all the sailors he knew who died at sea. Mr. Pugh dreams of poisoning his wife, and young Gwenny, who has extorted pennies from the little boys who do NOT want to kiss her, plans for the next day and more pennies.
The sound effects provide context for the drama without overpowering the narrative--a cock's crow, the clip-clop of horses, the bark of dogs, footsteps, the sea, bell buoys--and simple songs add to the realism and the sense of character and place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under Milk Wood
This is a classic of British Literature and BBC history. Everything about it is satisfying. I also bought the text and followed as I listened. Wonderful.
Published 1 day ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what can i say it's Dylan Thomas.FANTASTIC
Published 10 days ago by eddiz70
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
It's a joy to listen to this excellent version.
Published 12 days ago by Daisy W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
superb
Published 24 days ago by Mr. J. C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan at his best
very good version, cast was great,took me back to my earlier days. so good that you feel you are there in the village with the people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vernski
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Milkwood radio collection
An excellent CD in every respect. I often have it playing whilst I'm cooking, and sing along with Polly Garter!
Published 1 month ago by Steve Rostron
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories
I recently bought this recording to replace a video tape that I had thrown out.I am gradually upgrading my collection.
Published 1 month ago by phyl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
When Under Milkwood was first braodcast I was a child, but I remember the reaction in the press about a
what was for the time a sexually explicit drama. Read more
Published 1 month ago by barry usher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording for the period
It met my expectations and brought back my memories as a thirteen year old school boy on hearing of his death.
Published 2 months ago by R. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Well read, but quite heavy and needs careful listening to.
I bought his audio CD because it was so well reviewed, and listened to it on a 2 hour car journey. It's worth reading the reviews thoroughly to see if it's for you, as it was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by louise ward
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