The book is pure Dickens, but it requires some patience to get into, especially for first time readers of this genre. The first fourth or fifth of the book will be slow going for some, but perseverance will be rewarded.
I can't say enough about the terrific, spot on narration. I wish this reader would do more Dickens. He was fantastic.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. David Timson, the narrator, brings to life each characters with a distinct voice. While listening, I felt immersed in the action, and could easily distinguish between the many characters because each has its own unique and fitting voice. A really fun book to listen too, for all 36 hours of it!
I can't tell you how glad I am that I didn't listen to the poor reviews of this book, or the reader. This is my first experience with Dickens since high school, which didn't really count anyway, and I have, as a result of this book and it's reader, become unabashedly obssessed with Dickens. I only wish that David Timson could read them all. I'm listening to Nicholas Nickelby currently, and I find myself laughing out loud very often. A MUST READ/LISTEN FOR ALL!!
Dickens once again manages to create a multitude of memorable characters, some despicable, some bizarre, others endearing, and expertly weaves them into multiple plotlines, never dropping a loose end. A somewhat darker offering than usual, with a little mystery thrown in. Hugely entertaining.
Just such a wonderful story.
As always: when in doubt listen to a Dickens novel!
Thank you Mr Timson for your wonderful performance!
I have to admit - I almost didn't make it through this book. The beginning seemed awfully tedious, and this is coming from a Dickens lover. But I forced myself to keep listening and I'm certainly glad I did, for I ended up loving this book.
David Timson is *brilliant* and I truly hope to see him narrate other novels by Dickens in the future. He makes the characters come alive.
All in all, well worth the listen. If you've downloaded this and feel like you're ready to give up, I urge you to keep listening. The story really picks up and I bet you'll end the novel with the same feeling I did - wishing that there was more!
Audio books are a great advent-for those who can't read for whatever reason, when our eyes are tired, when we want to enjoy the spoken word. But audio books like this one transcend the conventional, for someone is just not reading us their book. Rather, this is a performance piece of the highest order. Here, the genius of David Timson is only exceeded by that of Dickens. As one reads or listens to Dickens, we are prompted to ask: is there any author alive who can still produce a work of this caliber or character, by which I emphasize the dialogue. Dickens' novels are not narratives, as are most novels I expect, as much as written down dramatizations. Herein lies the beauty and magic of this extraordinary audio book. It is not a substitute for reading, as are many audio books, but something else all together.
What could eventually (at over 35 hours) become potentially tedious, is rendered compelling and vastly entertaining by the reading of David Timson. He gives every line in this huge, intricate, and compelling --not to mention funny -- novel a lively reading and each character a unique voice. By far the best reading I've ever heard. If Timson didn't receive an award for this, there is no justice. I will definitely look for more of his artistry in other audiobooks. Highly recommended.
This wonderful, complex and utterly engaging novel almost defies retelling. Some of Dickens' favorite themes are again in evidence, but his characters are unfailingly dimensional, psychologically believable, and often hilarious. The plot thickens and thickens but the master storyteller never leaves a loose end. The reading is superb, a work of art in itself, and full of subtle vocal nuances that make each character memorable. And the reader's pacing is just right. You will absolutely not be disappointed, unless this level of make believe is not your cuppa.