Witness (Dramatised)

  • by Nick Warburton
  • Narrated by Tom Goodman-Hill, Paul Hilton, Peter Firth, Penelope Wilton
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The gospel stories as you've never heard them before. Everyone knows the story of Jesus' life as told in the Gospels - and perhaps because it is so familiar, we have forgotten what an extraordinary life it was. Through these five plays, the story is pieced together as if from the memories of those who were there and saw events for themselves: Jesus' mother, Mary; his closest friends; the Jewish high priest; and the Roman governor.They recount the events they witnessed as if they had happened just the other day - and the effect on their own lives. How James and John first encountered Jesus by the lake; the three astonishing years of his ministry; his trial and ignominious death; the wholly unexpected resurrection; and finally, his mother Mary looks back to his obscure birth and the portents that accompanied it. And so the tale regains some of its freshness and even shocking nature. Each play is followed by a short interview feature, 'Witness: Behind Luke's Gospel', presented by Ernie Rea and examining the themes of Luke.Featured are Tom Goodman-Hill as Jesus, Paul Hilton as Judas, Peter Firth as Peter, and Penelope Wilton as Mary.

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From the Jordan to Calvary

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to these five plays again. Not only are the scripts well-written, but the actors are phenomenal. (Penelope Wilton, Maxine Peake, Tom Goodman-Hill are gifted with such versatility, though all the cast members are good).

There are three sets of voices, a hierarchy, if you will: northern, posh, and American. At first it was a little distracting, but I soon got used to it. Interesting choices, to be sure!

You're sure to enjoy these stories based on the Gospel of Luke, and appreciate the way the plays bring Christ's ministry to life.
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- Die Falknerin

Powerful Performance of Powerful Stories

Would you listen to Witness (Dramatised) again? Why?

Yes, I am listening to Witness for the second time. The writing and performance give these stories from Luke's gospel such a sense of reality and makes them come to life for me in a a very personal way.

The historical commentary that follows each play is also fascinating and enlightening.

I decided to listen to the stories again during Holy Week.


What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I came across Witness when searching for something else narrated by Peter Firth (after listening to hem do Tess of the d'Ubervilles). His portrayal of Peter in Witness is superbly done. Satan's role is also well done.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Witness really brings the characters from Luke's gospel to life. I have found myself recommending this to several friends.


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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited