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The Box of Delights: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Nov 2001

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563535105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563535102
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 61 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Masefield was a novelist, journalist and poet. He won the Edmond de Polignac prize in 1912, and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1930 - a role he performed for the next 37 years. Masefield wrote 21 novels, including two children's books featuring Kay Harker, "The Midnight Folk" (1927) and "The Box of Delights" (1935). He died in 1967, and his ashes were interred in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.


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Format: Audio CD
As someone who adores the 1984 television adaptation of John Masefield's surreal and magical seasonal tale, I was very excited to discover this full-cast audio adaptation. Just as wonderful as the TV version - more so given the limited special effects available in 1984 and the limitless bounds of imagination - a young schoolboy, Kay Harker, on his return from boarding school for the Christmas holidays, finds himself mixed up in a battle to possess a magical box, which allows the owner to go small and go swift, and which contains magical worlds as well as the ability to travel in time.
With such luminaries of stage and screen as the plummy Donald Sinden, Lionel Jeffries, the incomparable Spike Milligan and Celia Imrie; this is a superbly realised audio CD; lie back, close your eyes, and be transported to a snowy world of wolves, cars that turn into aeroplanes, humbugs, possets, and a cosy 1930s Christmas world. Superb.
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Format: Paperback
This is a classic book by one of England's greatest childrens authors, prefiguring Harry Potter by over 50 years. Set in the snowy English countryside in between the wars, it is the story of a young boy's entrance to a magical land of ancient legend and folklore, through the discovery of a mysterious puzzle box. At times beautifully descriptive and thought provoking, it is also eerie and frightening in parts (with a running theme of shape changing rats and wolves), and may not be suitable for younger children. The book is wonderfully festive and would make a lovely Christmas present, the story stands the test of time and will be read again and again by many generations.
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By A Customer on 26 April 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I have always loved this classic story, and was going to read it to my children when they were old enough. Imagine my joy at finding this excellent BBC production. which we then sat around listening to at home. My kids were enchanted just as I was.
Come on BBC lets have some more gems like this.
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This is a timeless classic.
My father loved it as a child (1930s), so did I (1960s) and my own children, too (1990s). Not quite as good as Masefield's "The Midnight Folk" (the ending is a disappointment) but still worth five stars. People who know and love these two books are a fortunate lot. Join us!
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By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a splendid book - a rollicking adventure, a battle between good and evil, and a marvellous evocation of a child's Christmas in days that are dead. Beautifully written, full of atmosphere and very well paced, it would undoubtedly deserve five stars if it were not for an ending of astounding unoriginality which will be very familiar to teachers of creative writing in schools accross the country. But don't worry about that - the rest is pure magic.
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Bought this for my 10 year old son and he just loves it! Up to the usual BBC Radio dramatisation standard.
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This is a very special book, that when read will stay with you. I first came across it as an eight year old prep school boy. It took me to a magical world of past magic and gave me a firing up of of my young immagination. I now look forward to reading it to my children, and am just waiting until the time is right for them, maybe the run up to Christmas this year. I am looking forward to it.
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This lovely adaptation of John Masefield's book will remind you of what Christmas is really all about - magic, fairytale, imagination and the wonder of being a perennial child. I listen to it over and over again and it never loses its appeal. The cast members are uniformly excellent, with Lional Jeffreys especially memorable as Cole Hawlings. You really have to buy this one!
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