Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review: Oliver Twist Audio Drama

We enjoy a good radio drama at our house including several produced by Focus on the Family.  I can't tell you how many times we've listened to the Secret Garden and the Chronicles of Narnia.  We've also enjoyed The Legend of Squanto and Anne of Green Gables.

You can imagine how I jumped at the chance to review another Focus on the Family Radio Theatre production - Oliver Twist.

From the back cover:
Oliver Twist should not have survived his difficult beginnings. Cruel and oppressive forces worked against him at every turn. Yet a persistent hope gave him the courage to pursue the truth of his life. Faithfully retold in this powerful full-cast audio production, Oliver Twist captures the compassion, corruption, and redemption of Oliver’s world in 19th century England— and gives it a fresh relevance to our world today. 
Oliver Twist (Radio Theatre)
Oliver Twist contains the same high quality elements as the other Focus on the Family productions.  This dramatization has a full cast of sound actors, realistic sound effects and original music.  It comes with 5 CD's containing over 5 1/2 hours of audio.  In addition, a bonus DVD is included that contains a behind the scenes documentary on the making of Oliver Twist and also a look at modern day orphans.  While my girls only listened to about 45 minutes of the drama they loved the behind the scenes production DVD.  It was fascinating to see the voice actors in action and how the sound effects were made.

The story is intense with scenes of cruelty and violence realistically portrayed.  Focus on the Family has put on the back "Age 12+."  I think that this would have been helpful if it was included somewhere in the description on the website so you know when you order it.  I had intended for my girls to listen to it but it proved to intense.  As a parent, I would recommend that you preview it or listen to it with your children even if they are in the 12+ age range.

I received this radio drama free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Yea, some parts were pretty intense and hard to listen to. If I had to hear the word "parochial" one more time I think I would have thrown something out the window!