3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you haven't read the book first, forget it!,
This review is from: The Box of Delights: BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
I gather from reading the reviews that those who love this audio cd, first adored the book. I, however, having come to this as a stand alone audio cd, found it unfathomable! No attempt is made in this production to establish the time frame, the location, give any inkling of how things look and feel. It's as if they presume you know the story already and can flesh out the dialogue with your own preconceived notions.
The child actors perform reasonably well but the adult ones sound like rejects from the RSC who exaggerate and mangle the dialogue throughout like they are in some grotesque melodrama.
Frankly, I hated this rendition. Stopped listening after the first half hour and now have no interest in reading the book.