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I Capture the Castle: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Toby Jones and Holliday Grainger star in a new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dodie Smith's enduringly popular coming-of-age novel In the 1930s, seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain lives in a crumbling ruin of a castle in the Suffolk countryside. Her father, an author wrestling with writer's block, spends his time reading detective stories; her bohemian stepmothe ...more
Audio CD, 2 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by BBC Physical Audio
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
5 Words: A fantastic performance, firm favourite.

I own more copies of I Capture The Castle than any other book. It is my all time favourite book. I particularly love the audiobooks and dramatisations, as I love the different interpretations of the text.

And this was no exception.

This was a fantastic dramatisation. It doesn't cover the whole text, it's only a tiny two hours long, so it did miss out some of my favourite scenes and quotes (the devil! the chocolate! the bread and butter!) but in thos
This BBC dramatisation was fantastic - it took me back to my childhood when I used to listen to plays on the radio.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for a proper English accent, this audiobook delivered and more.

This book was a comedy of manners as only the English can do. Some like it, some don't.

I'm suspecting this audiobook was abridged, I wish they mentioned it (I don't do abridged), so I feel that some of the characters' backgrounds were missing, which led to some confusion at times.

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Nadine Jones
I listened to a full cast BBC production of this book. The audiobook is two hours long, so I have to assume the dramatization is an abridged form of the book, and so maybe it's not fair of me to rate the book based on this because some of the issues I had would be fixed in a full-length book. Primarily: I was confused about who some of the characters are. Who is Steven and why does he live with the Mortmains? Also, I initially thought Rose was engaged to Neil, so it was startling to realize I ha ...more
Great, great listening experience. Highly recommend. A very well-produced audio version of the story.

The story follows young Cassandra and her family, including her eccentric novelist father who's only written one novel, her model stepmother, and her sister Rose and her brother Thomas as they move to a remote castle in the countryside to ostensibly inspire their father to write. Throughout the story Cassandra and Rose deal with crushes and falling into tangled love triangle with their neighbors
Amy Westgarth
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I didn't get this at all.

I chose this thinking it was a regular audiobook but it turned out to be an adaptation. This meant that it felt a bit all over the place as parts were inevitably skipped in order to fit the 2 hour time slot. So I'm not sure it's fair of me to really judge the entire book based on this version of it.

Nevertheless... it was basically just a load of mental poshos fallen on hard times. A bit of a love triangle thing with some other poshos. I just didn't care for anything th
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-non-work
My first time listening to a radio play, but WOW does this ever need context. Without steady narration as a guide, this story is ALL OVER THE PLACE. WHAT is happening, and why?? Who is Steven? How much time does this story span? Honestly how do ANY of the characters feel about each other? There is so much missing, and this performance is clearly for people who are very familiar with the story. At this point I’m caught between seeking out an unabridged version and flat out giving up.

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Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was the radio play version that was made for Radio 4. I have a feeling that I may have enjoyed the book more, however, I found it hard to get I to so I don't know how far I would have made it. There were two "chapters. The first chapter dragging,but the second chapter was much more interesting, especially when the children locked their father in the dungeon to make him work. I don't know if I just wasn't paying enough attention to the first half or whether it was just boring. Anyway, I am g ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
So it was definitely a different experience listening to a dramatization. I kept wanting click a button on my phone to turn on the picture as I listened. It felt very much like a play and it took a while for me to get into it. Perhaps this is normal, but I felt like there were huge skips in the story and then it took me a bit to become engaged again. I thought it was a good story though and I enjoyed it.
Heydi Smith
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Completely enchanting. I loved this story. I feel like I’ve read it before maybe I have. The characters are well developed and likable, the story progresses smoothly and the ending leaves you thirsting for more. What more could one ask for.

I could recommend this to fans of Jane Austen’s or Oscar Wilde’s works.
4 stars for part 1, 2 stars for part 2.

Part 1 - a highly entertaining and amusing description of the family's life and foibles.

Part 2 - took a dark turn; became uncomfortable. Clearly a 'coming of age' story but one in which growing up is about a loss of innocence rather than a gaining of maturity.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not sure what I’ve missed by listening to the BBC Radio production of the story, but it was a quick and enjoyable way to spend a few hours. The plot revolving around the father was the most interesting aspect for me; the other plot lines felt too common or predictable.
Becky Giovagnoni
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This wasn't an audiobook so much as an audio dramatization of a book. It was fabulous. I wish the BBC would do more books this way.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely warm adaptation of a beautiful coming of age story. YA before it was a thing.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This radio adaptation is a story about the drama of unrequited love.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely dramatization of a great character-driven story.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Having listened to the full cast audio book, I was charmed. Now I want to read the actual book.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic dramatization! True to the original story.
Julia Shaw
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Capture the Castle is a fantastic read. The characters leave you thinking with real empathic feelings. There are so many things that makes this complex book amazing. First, there is the heartbreaking beginning. Cassandra’s family is broke, and without a source of income, the situation is just getting worse. When two strange men show up at their castle, it changes their lives forever, for better or for worse. The story follows Cassandra, the main character, as she falls in love for the first ti ...more
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The great appeal of this book is of course Cassandra's narration, and this radio play did capture that well, but what it really missed was the small moments when she's alone with her thoughts in that bid dilapidated castle. All in all, though, an enjoyable listen.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant radio dramatisation - this is what made me want to read the book...
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great radio play, very entertaining and moving at the same time
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Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled A Childhood in Manchester). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and tried for a career as an actress, but with little success. ...more