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    Life and Fate: Download, keep and listen later

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    Life and Fate: How long have I got to download all the episodes?

    All the episodes of Radio 4 adaptation of the epic Life and Fate are available to download until this Sunday when the first episode expires (NB: The expiry dates on the podcast page page are wrong - you need to deduct 14 days from the stated availability. There's a longer explanation of why the dates appearing are wrong here*).

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    Life and Fate: Some of the reviews

    In The Telegraph Pete Naughton was effusive in his praise:

    "Life and Fate is fabulous, mind-expanding drama, brilliantly adapted from Grossman's book by Mike Walker and Jonathan Myerson and delivered with great subtlety by a big-name cast. I'd be staggered if it's not an enduring hit..."

    The Observer's Miranda Sawyer found it harder to get into:

    "But by episode 5, where we joined Sofya, a Jewish doctor captured and put, with other Jews, on to a cattle truck to Poland, I was utterly gripped."

    And she concludes:

    "I yearn for a long, lonely car drive and to listen to the whole drama all in one go."

    Life and Fate is dark, challenging and at times difficult to follow. And I suspect some may have been daunted by the subject matter. But as The Guardian's Elisabeth Mahoney says:

    "This is a tough book, shaped by Grossman's own experience - his mother was among 20,000 Jews murdered in Berdichev in 1941 - and his time as a war correspondent, during which he wrote one of the first eyewitness accounts of a Nazi extermination camp. It can make grim listening in places, but this is countered by beautiful writing, exquisite acting and the sheer class of the adaptation."

    Paul Murphy is the editor of the Radio 4 blog

    • You can download all the episodes of Life and Fate to keep and listen later from the Radio 4 podcast page but do it before 2pm this Sunday, 2 October.
    • There's more information about Life and Fate including a family tree of Life and Fate's characters to print out on the Life and Fate programme page.
    • Life and Fate on the Radio 4 blog
    • *BBC podcasts are normally available for 7 days, 30 days or indefinitely. To ensure that all the episodes of Life and Fate would be available for seven days after the transmission of the last programme an exception was made (with the permission of the rights' holders) and the availability would be 14 days. As the current system doesn't allow 14 days to be set as a duration we had to set it to 30 days initially and manually remove episodes as they reach 14 days. Apologies for any inconvenience (and the lengthy explanation).

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