Friday, December 14, 2012

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens-Focus on the Family Radio Theatre

  I just love the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre productions!  I have listened to the whole series of the Chronicles of Narnia, which was amazing, so I was excited to see Oliver Twist become available.  It did not disappoint.  Each character is voiced by a different person, with music and sound effects.  It's like watching a movie; you just can't see the picture.

For those who don't know the story of Oliver Twist, it's about a boy whose mother dies giving birth to him and he is sent to an orphanage.  This is where the famous phrase, "Please, sir, may I have some more?" is said asking for more food because they are fed very little.  The treatment of the children is horrible, with beatings and verbal abuse besides the starvation.  It's truly horrible how children were treated in those days.  He ends up running away to London and falls in with Fagin and his band of thieves.  Oliver is always trying to do the right thing, but it seems like he keeps getting into trouble, and we find out later people are after him for a reason.  He meets some nice people who try to help him at different periods and I like how the pieces come together as we learn who Oliver really is and his family's story. 

I really enjoyed this story! There are 5 cds and 1 DVD, with a couple features about modern-day Oliver's and behind the scenes of the making of Oliver Twist. The production is excellent and you feel like you're in the story as you listen. I would recommend it for older children to adults because of the tough subject matter. 

I received a free copy of this audio from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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