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Publisher's Summary

Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga, Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside.
During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.
Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author’s death.
©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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By Die Falknerin on 10-31-14

Return to Home Place

If you've never met the Cazalets, let this be your introduction. And if you have, you'll love returning to Home Place to see them all again. The casting is perfect: every performance was distinctive, powerful, and absolutely top class. It was enjoyable to hear the ever-ladylike Penelope Wilton's narration throughout. It is a bit of a soap opera, of course, and rather melodramatic in parts. (I would have liked deeper characterization in several places). But what a story! It has everything: war, peace, love, desire, denial, regret...all of human life. You won't forget these characters, nor "Home Place" the estate that is, if you will, a character in itself. Highly recommended to those who love a sweeping family saga, and to all who enjoy hearing BBC Radio at its very best.

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By Natasha13 on 08-01-16

amazing family story

so well done. so much family detail in this story, its hard not to be completely hooked.

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By sarah on 07-22-15

Lose yourself in this epic family saga

What made the experience of listening to The Cazalets the most enjoyable?

The story, it's always all about the story telling

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rachel, lovable and believable

What does Penelope Wilton and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Listening while on holiday so lying on a beach was transported into their world

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long for that !

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

By blueannacee on 12-06-15

Like snuggling up with a duvet and a box of chocs

What made the experience of listening to The Cazalets the most enjoyable?

Penelope Wilton's beautiful narration and the perfect dramatisation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cazalets?

Sid's fight against cancer.

Have you listened to any of Penelope Wilton and Full Cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No not yet but I am looking forward to listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Numerous moments moved me. Although my hanky was used many times for sad bits, there is a lovely sense of hope throughout.

Any additional comments?

The Cazalets books are one of my favourite reads and this dramatisation is just wonderful.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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