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Full Cast Audiobooks: Plays and Dramatisations

If listening to a comedian narrate their audiobook is like going to a comedy night, then listening to an audiobook of a play or dramatisation is like having the full cast perform just for you!

Full cast audiobooks are different from dramatisations. In a full cast audiobook, the full, unabridged text is narrated, but by many different actors playing different parts. This can make characters seem very distinct and rounded, almost real! A dramatisation will often replace some of the text, say descriptions of the setting or action sequences, with sound effects or dialogue. 

But that's not necessarily a bad thing! Dramatisations are often shorter, which make them a great way to start listening to audiobooks if you haven't tried them before. And listening to an audio version of a play can really help get that hit of drama while we're still not able to get to theatres! 

Whether you're new to plays and dramatisations on audio, or whether you're a true connoisseur, find something below for you!

(Oh, and don't forget to check out the 2021 Audiobook Listening Challenge - if you've listened to a play or dramatisation audiobook this year then you've already completed one challenge!) 

Plays and Dramatisations

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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

Author: E.B. White

Rebecca

Rebecca

Author: Daphne Du Maurier

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Author: Homer, BBC Radio 4

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Author: J R R Tolkien

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare

A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy

Author: Vikram Seth

The Lady In the Lake

The Lady In the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler

Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie

Author: Laurie Lee

Time and the Conways

Time and the Conways

Author: Jb Priestly

The Black Adder

The Black Adder

Author: Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson

Tess of the D'urbervilles

Tess of the D'urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy

The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids

Author: BBC Audiobooks

Journey Into Space: Frozen In Time

Journey Into Space: Frozen In Time

Author: Charles Chiltern

Mr Larkin's Awkward Day

Mr Larkin's Awkward Day

Author: Chris Harrald

Sarah and Ken

Sarah and Ken

Author: Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Child of the Snow

Child of the Snow

Author: Lee Hall

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Author: Brian Clark

Murder On the Orient Express

Murder On the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

Author: Dylan Thomas

Heidi (dramatisation)

Heidi (dramatisation)

Author: Johanna Spyri

That's Mine, This Is Yours

That's Mine, This Is Yours

Author: Peter Souter

Shy Baby

Shy Baby

Author: Gary Ogin

Pygmalion

Pygmalion

Author: G. B. Shaw

Haunted

Haunted

Author: Sally Griffiths

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: Frank L Baum

The Thirty-nine Steps

The Thirty-nine Steps

Author: John Buchan

The Diva In Me

The Diva In Me

Author: Charlotte Jones

Bar Mitzvah Boy

Bar Mitzvah Boy

Author: Jack Rosenthal

Landfall

Landfall

Author: Mike Walker

Best Interests

Best Interests

Author: Sasha Hails

A9

A9

Author: Helen Cooper

September In the Rain

September In the Rain

Author: John Godbar

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Stella Gibbons

Murder At the Vicarage

Murder At the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

Author: Shelagh Stephenson

Fatherland

Fatherland

Author: Robert Harris

Red Wall Book One: The Wall

Red Wall Book One: The Wall

Author: Brian Jacques

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen

Good Omens

Good Omens

Author: Terry Pratchett

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe

Angels In America

Angels In America

Author: Tony Kushner

The Wind In the Willows

The Wind In the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

Author: P.G. Wodehouse