• Tom's Midnight Garden (BBC Children’s Classics)

  • By: Philippa Pearce
  • Narrated by: Dramatisation
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Tom's Midnight Garden (BBC Children’s Classics)

By: Philippa Pearce
Narrated by: Dramatisation
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Publisher's Summary

When his brother catches measles, Tom is sent away for the summer to stay with his uncle and aunt and is thoroughly fed up about it. What a boring summer it's going to be. But then, lying in bed one night, he hears the old grandfather clock in the hall strike the very strange hour of 13 o'clock. What can it mean? As Tom creeps downstairs and opens the door, he finds out...a magical garden, a new playmate, and the adventure of a lifetime. Una Stubbs stars as Aunt Gwen in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.
©1999 BBC Audiobooks LTD (P)1999 BBC Audiobooks LTD

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  • Mel
  • 02-14-16

Awful sound quality

I'm studying this book as part of a children's literature course, and enjoyed the story. The sound quality was terrible though, and I'm not sure I'd have had the patience to persevere with it unless I needed to. Very expensive for such bad quality.

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  • Katy L
  • 06-30-19

Not truly an audiobook

I was disappointed on getting this audiobook as it wasn't truly a narration of the actual book. what it turned out to be was more a traditional dramatised radio show with actors voicing each character. I think I will need to get hold of the actual book to read and hope one day someone will do a proper audiobook version.

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  • Flint
  • 12-29-17

Very Enjoyable

A very good adaptation but it felt too short and it made me want to listen to an unabridged reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-18

Best audio

I love this audio it helps me get to sleep
And it is calming I would definitely recommend

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  • Elizabeth Felix
  • 12-01-15

Beautiful story, well read

Where does Tom's Midnight Garden (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An enjoyable children's tale I remember well from my childhood.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom's Midnight Garden (Dramatised)?

I was filled with excitement as they skated down the river.

What does Dramatisation bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The dramatization really brought the book to life and immersed me into Tom's world.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No spoilers here - the ending is very lovely.

Any additional comments?

This is a relatively short book that I loved listening to over the course of an evening. Worth a listen if you read this as a child and a wonderful story to introduce to your own children.

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  • Kate
  • 04-07-13

Tom's Midnight Garden

Having been a huge fan of Phlippa Pearce as a child I was keen to listen to this with my 8 year old son. We both loved it. The dramatisation is very well done and the story is easy to follow. It was a real joy to see my son fascinated by the events unfolding in the garden, and trying to work out what was happening, how and why...

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  • J. Saunders
  • 02-01-22

A dramatisation not the book!

I was expecting the full narration of the text but this is more like a tv script dramatisation. Very well done but not what I was expecting at all.

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  • Richard Johnston
  • 03-07-21

A Wonderful Dramatisation

This dramatisation captures all the beautiful bittersweet charm of the classic book and all the members of the cast perform perfectly. This is a superb production.

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  • Heloise Gillingham
  • 10-21-22

Amazing magical story

This is an a amazing adventure with awesome twists and funniness. As soon as I listen to this time travelling story I just can’t press pause

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  • Bonita Awan
  • 11-13-21

A tale of magic and time travel of two lives

An truly exquisite tale of two lives that cross the boundary of time and place