The Cazalets

The Cazalets❮Read❯ ➲ The Cazalets Author Elizabeth Jane Howard – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio s epic dramatization of the treasured family sagaElizabeth Jane Howard s five book chronicle of the upper middle class Cazalet family begins in , as siblings Hugh, Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radios epic dramatization of the treasured family sagaElizabeth Jane Howard s five book chronicle of the upper middle class Cazalet family begins in , as siblings Hugh, Edward, Ruper, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countrysideDuring 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 unfold, we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyondDramatized 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 , shortly before the author s death. This box set of audio CD s is cleverly packaged, so the actual case is the size of a double CD box, with the twelve enclosed discs stacked on top of each other I have never read the original five book saga by Elizabeth Jane Howard and, obviously, a drama version of the entire storyline will cut corners but I am unable to compare the two without reading the books which I now intend to do as I enjoyed this so much The novels about the Cazalet family consisted of The Light Years, Marking Time, This box set of audio CD s is cleverly packaged, so the actual case is the size of a double CD box, with the twelve enclosed discs stacked on top of each other I have never read the original five book saga by Elizabeth Jane Howard and, obviously, a drama version of the entire storyline will cut corners but I am unable to compare the two without reading the books which I now intend to do as I enjoyed this so much The novels about the Cazalet family consisted of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change and were published between 1990 and 2013 The radio plays taken from the novels were broadcast between 2013 and 2014 on Radio 4 and it is wonderful to have the entire series collected in one package I do enjoy audio books, especially when I am driving which I do a lot and I particularly enjoy audio plays rather than books just narrated by one person so this was a particular treat for me Especially with books I am not familiar with, I find it easier to follow the story when there are different actors for each character s voice and I do enjoy the BBC radio plays very much.The story itself follows a family over ten years from the late 1930 s all the way up to the 1950 s and begins with the family congregating at the family country manor for the summer holidays Immediately, we are thrown into their marriages, affairs, their children and the various interplay between the characters These range from matriarch Duchy through to Zoe, the young new wife of son Rupert, and disgruntled stepmother to young Neville and the deeply unhappy Clary Home Place in Sussex in 1937 sees the shadow of WWI still falling over the characters, but we are aware ofstorm clouds coming as the Second World War approaches As the saga continues, the storyline switches from one generation to the next, almost seamlessly, as the children grow and have lives of their own The fifth book in the saga sees the family again converge at the family home and brings the saga full circle This is a satisfying and often moving drama, well acted and an excellent driving companion I read the five volumes of the Cazalet series decades ago and didn t remember much about it When I saw that the BBC had produced an audio dramatization of the series, I thought it would be an entertaining listen It sure is, and it s pretty wild in ways that I can t believe I didn t remember.The book starts out as a straightforward potboiler y WW2 era family drama of the sort you might expect to see on Masterpiece Theater, but then the crazy jumps up on the stage view spoiler The pubescent L I read the five volumes of the Cazalet series decades ago and didn t remember much about it When I saw that the BBC had produced an audio dramatization of the series, I thought it would be an entertaining listen It sure is, and it s pretty wild in ways that I can t believe I didn t remember.The book starts out as a straightforward potboiler y WW2 era family drama of the sort you might expect to see on Masterpiece Theater, but then the crazy jumps up on the stage view spoiler The pubescent Louisa is felt up and french kissed by her own father She fears that her mother, Villy, who has never shown her normal maternal warmth, will not support her if she tells her about her father So this happens a couple of times before Louise fights him off and screams at him that she hates him However, just a few years later, when Louise is grown up, all that incestuous pedo stuff is apparently forgotten and she gets along just fine with her father In fact, although in the wake of her adolescent problems with her father she develops a much better relationship with Villy, that also seems to be forgotten once she s grown up She tells Villy about going off on vacation with her father and his new wife, callously ignoring how that would make Villy feel It s never explained why Louise s feelings toward her parents change Maybe that comes outin the books, but I d still find it very hard to understand how a young woman can just go back to a loving relationship with her father after obviously rightly hating him for being all pervy with her.It s a miracle that Louise s father, Edward, has time for attempted incest, considering his very busy personal sideline in adultery with women outside the family, complete with impregnating one of his mistresses There are actually unintended pregnancies all over the place, by the way, thankfully not all by Edward Louisa marries young, to Michael, an upper class artist quite a bit older who shortly after the wedding has to join the armed forces Michael is creepily close to his mother, who is overbearing to Louisa When Louisa has a baby almost immediately, she has postpartum depression, though of course it isn t called that at the time Her mother in law tells her to snap out of it, hurry up and have another child, and if Louisa doesn t that she will gladly stab Louisa to death As long as we re going to be that crazy, I want to hearabout it, but we never do hide spoiler Despite my finding aspects of this story bizarre and troublesome, overall I enjoyed the dramatization very much Penelope Wilton Isobel Crawley from Downton Abbey, among many other acting credits is the narrator and there is a full cast excellently voicing all the characters dialog The production includes sound effects as well, so that you feel like you re listening to the audio of a film This is probably one of my favorite audio series of all time I love the original book series for its humanity and depth of characters The BBC dramatic cast brought all the characters to life If there was anything I didn t like it was the fact that it just felt too real Relationship ends don t get neatly tied up Characters are not fully resolved But that is the beauty of the series as well as the audio dramatization The Cazalets feel like a real family and no real family has a convenient a This is probably one of my favorite audio series of all time I love the original book series for its humanity and depth of characters The BBC dramatic cast brought all the characters to life If there was anything I didn t like it was the fact that it just felt too real Relationship ends don t get neatly tied up Characters are not fully resolved But that is the beauty of the series as well as the audio dramatization The Cazalets feel like a real family and no real family has a convenient and poetic end NOTE Many of the relationships are highly complex and on the mature side There are several affairs between characters, a same sex relationship between two women, and one male character in particular who is in multiple affairs and also one of the most troubling scenes where he molests his teenage daughter All of these emotional and sometimes disturbing relationships are handled both in the books and in the audio with admirable empathy and understanding It doesn t gloss over consequences or problems It opens a window into the mental processes of each character, revealing why they do what they do The entire series is a great example of empathy and I recommend with that strong caveat I was a delight to spendtime with the Cazalet family and a good refresher to now read the fifth book in the series This audio play is very well done. Enjoyable, tho I kept wondering what I was missing in listening to the condensed dramatized version Also kept wishing I had world enough and time to read this in tandem with Woolf s The Years. Thoroughly enjoyable adaptation, performed wonderfully by the cast Over 12 hours but the time seemed to fly by. This radio drama was pitch perfect and very moving All the performers were brilliant and the whole series was very enjoyable to listen to I expected no less from BBC radio 4

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    Audio CD ß The Cazalets ePUB ¿ a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyondDramatized 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 , shortly before the author s death. This box set of audio CD s is cleverly packaged, so the actual case is the size of a double CD box, with the twelve enclosed discs stacked on top of each other I have never read the original five book saga by Elizabeth Jane Howard and, obviously, a drama version of the entire storyline will cut corners but I am unable to compare the two without reading the books which I now intend to do as I enjoyed this so much The novels about the Cazalet family consisted of The Light Years, Marking Time, This box set of audio CD s is cleverly packaged, so the actual case is the size of a double CD box, with the twelve enclosed discs stacked on top of each other I have never read the original five book saga by Elizabeth Jane Howard and, obviously, a drama version of the entire storyline will cut corners but I am unable to compare the two without reading the books which I now intend to do as I enjoyed this so much The novels about the Cazalet family consisted of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change and were published between 1990 and 2013 The radio plays taken from the novels were broadcast between 2013 and 2014 on Radio 4 and it is wonderful to have the entire series collected in one package I do enjoy audio books, especially when I am driving which I do a lot and I particularly enjoy audio plays rather than books just narrated by one person so this was a particular treat for me Especially with books I am not familiar with, I find it easier to follow the story when there are different actors for each character s voice and I do enjoy the BBC radio plays very much.The story itself follows a family over ten years from the late 1930 s all the way up to the 1950 s and begins with the family congregating at the family country manor for the summer holidays Immediately, we are thrown into their marriages, affairs, their children and the various interplay between the characters These range from matriarch Duchy through to Zoe, the young new wife of son Rupert, and disgruntled stepmother to young Neville and the deeply unhappy Clary Home Place in Sussex in 1937 sees the shadow of WWI still falling over the characters, but we are aware ofstorm clouds coming as the Second World War approaches As the saga continues, the storyline switches from one generation to the next, almost seamlessly, as the children grow and have lives of their own The fifth book in the saga sees the family again converge at the family home and brings the saga full circle This is a satisfying and often moving drama, well acted and an excellent driving companion I read the five volumes of the Cazalet series decades ago and didn t remember much about it When I saw that the BBC had produced an audio dramatization of the series, I thought it would be an entertaining listen It sure is, and it s pretty wild in ways that I can t believe I didn t remember.The book starts out as a straightforward potboiler y WW2 era family drama of the sort you might expect to see on Masterpiece Theater, but then the crazy jumps up on the stage view spoiler The pubescent L I read the five volumes of the Cazalet series decades ago and didn t remember much about it When I saw that the BBC had produced an audio dramatization of the series, I thought it would be an entertaining listen It sure is, and it s pretty wild in ways that I can t believe I didn t remember.The book starts out as a straightforward potboiler y WW2 era family drama of the sort you might expect to see on Masterpiece Theater, but then the crazy jumps up on the stage view spoiler The pubescent Louisa is felt up and french kissed by her own father She fears that her mother, Villy, who has never shown her normal maternal warmth, will not support her if she tells her about her father So this happens a couple of times before Louise fights him off and screams at him that she hates him However, just a few years later, when Louise is grown up, all that incestuous pedo stuff is apparently forgotten and she gets along just fine with her father In fact, although in the wake of her adolescent problems with her father she develops a much better relationship with Villy, that also seems to be forgotten once she s grown up She tells Villy about going off on vacation with her father and his new wife, callously ignoring how that would make Villy feel It s never explained why Louise s feelings toward her parents change Maybe that comes outin the books, but I d still find it very hard to understand how a young woman can just go back to a loving relationship with her father after obviously rightly hating him for being all pervy with her.It s a miracle that Louise s father, Edward, has time for attempted incest, considering his very busy personal sideline in adultery with women outside the family, complete with impregnating one of his mistresses There are actually unintended pregnancies all over the place, by the way, thankfully not all by Edward Louisa marries young, to Michael, an upper class artist quite a bit older who shortly after the wedding has to join the armed forces Michael is creepily close to his mother, who is overbearing to Louisa When Louisa has a baby almost immediately, she has postpartum depression, though of course it isn t called that at the time Her mother in law tells her to snap out of it, hurry up and have another child, and if Louisa doesn t that she will gladly stab Louisa to death As long as we re going to be that crazy, I want to hearabout it, but we never do hide spoiler Despite my finding aspects of this story bizarre and troublesome, overall I enjoyed the dramatization very much Penelope Wilton Isobel Crawley from Downton Abbey, among many other acting credits is the narrator and there is a full cast excellently voicing all the characters dialog The production includes sound effects as well, so that you feel like you re listening to the audio of a film This is probably one of my favorite audio series of all time I love the original book series for its humanity and depth of characters The BBC dramatic cast brought all the characters to life If there was anything I didn t like it was the fact that it just felt too real Relationship ends don t get neatly tied up Characters are not fully resolved But that is the beauty of the series as well as the audio dramatization The Cazalets feel like a real family and no real family has a convenient a This is probably one of my favorite audio series of all time I love the original book series for its humanity and depth of characters The BBC dramatic cast brought all the characters to life If there was anything I didn t like it was the fact that it just felt too real Relationship ends don t get neatly tied up Characters are not fully resolved But that is the beauty of the series as well as the audio dramatization The Cazalets feel like a real family and no real family has a convenient and poetic end NOTE Many of the relationships are highly complex and on the mature side There are several affairs between characters, a same sex relationship between two women, and one male character in particular who is in multiple affairs and also one of the most troubling scenes where he molests his teenage daughter All of these emotional and sometimes disturbing relationships are handled both in the books and in the audio with admirable empathy and understanding It doesn t gloss over consequences or problems It opens a window into the mental processes of each character, revealing why they do what they do The entire series is a great example of empathy and I recommend with that strong caveat I was a delight to spendtime with the Cazalet family and a good refresher to now read the fifth book in the series This audio play is very well done. Enjoyable, tho I kept wondering what I was missing in listening to the condensed dramatized version Also kept wishing I had world enough and time to read this in tandem with Woolf s The Years. Thoroughly enjoyable adaptation, performed wonderfully by the cast Over 12 hours but the time seemed to fly by. This radio drama was pitch perfect and very moving All the performers were brilliant and the whole series was very enjoyable to listen to I expected no less from BBC radio 4 "/>
  • Audio CD
  • The Cazalets
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • 18 October 2017
  • 1481506110