Our family have been long-time fans of the Focus on the Family radio series, Adventures in Odyssey. Over the years we have listened to the stories on the radio and collected some of our favorite seasons. Then they began to produce their radio theatre series, stories such as Anne of Green Gables, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol, etc. have become favorites of our family and have been listened to over and over again. So when I saw that Oliver Twist (Radio Theatre) was up for review, it was a no-brainer, I requested to review it and waited for it to arrive in my mailbox.
It was worth the wait! Classic stories are timeless, and Charles Dickens' works are chuck full of wonderful stories begging to be read/listened to. The Focus on the Family Radio Theatre production was able to stick closely with the book and unlike movies and plays, was able to put nearly the entire book into the production. My children and I enjoyed the story. We were transported by the fine writing and acting, into 19th century England, and followed Oliver throughout his trials and joys.
The CD book contains 5 discs totaling 5 1/2 hours of playtime, as well as, a DVD that takes you behind the scenes of the making of Oliver Twist. It also contains an half hour introduction to Wait No More, which discusses the plight of modern day Oliver's, and foster care/adoption.
About the Audio Drama:
An audio drama of the highest quality, Oliver Twist was recorded on location in London with an award-winning cast. This classic story will steal your heart as the timeless characters are brought to life in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s edition of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale. This amazing audio production comes on five CDs, with a bonus DVD that includes behind-the-scenes production footage and the documentary Modern Day Oliver. Purchase of the product also benefits Focus’s “Wait No More” adoption initiative.
With cinema-quality sound and an original soundtrack, this audio drama tells the story of a young orphan sent from a child farm to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets. Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption to all around him.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas,