Wow. Fantastic narration, beautiful language, and typical Dickens - many characters and a finely woven storyline. It is a long book but worth every minute.
Perhaps Dickens was always meant to be read aloud. David Timson brought to life the idiosyncrasies of every character is such a distinct way -- a slew of different personalities to which he added so much insight and brought to such vivid life.
He created distinct voices for every character that captured their essential qualities and brought out essences of their personalities I had not been aware of earlier. His doll's dressmaker's voice was pure genius -- genius totally in step with Dickens's genius.
If you want an introduction to Dickens, listen to a great reading like this. It comes alive with all the humor - and Victorian pathos - Dickens fans love.
It's a social satire - think of your favorite British social satire!
Hard to pick one scene in this long book. The scenes of Victorian London's seamy underbelly are great. The satire of Victorian society is sharp and humorous - the Veneering's dinner parties are a hoot. The Boffins, living in a waste dump ("dust piles") that made them fabulously rich (by inheritance from the dump's owner) - it's all delicious.
Oh no - you can savor this book over many sittings
The narrator, David Timson, does a wonderful job of bringing out all the characters and the nuances of the satire that you might otherwise miss. He do the characters in different voices!
(If you know T.S. Elliot's poem The Waste Land, you'll enjoy hearing the line "He do the police in different voices" in the source for that allusion!!)
This review is written by the wife of the Audible subscriber - I'm a literature nut but my husband has different tastes - however, he is having great fun listening to Dickens read so vividly.
A lover of Classics, humorous literature, bizarre fantasy and crazed crime and Sci-fi.
Our Mutual Friend is one of Dicken's most masterful works. It is a most amusing and creative story of mercenary marriages, watermen, a Dolls Dress Maker and enormous piles of dust.
Set after the onset of the Industrial Revolution in smoky, smoggy, London, Our Mutual Friend gives the stories of the engaging and beautiful Ms Lizzie Hexam, the humble and good-hearted Mr and Mrs Boffin, the pretty Ms Bella Wilfer, the nefarious Mr and Mrs Lammle, the villainous Silas Wegg and the mysterious Mr John Rokesmith.
Our Mutual Friend tells of the evils of money, the redemption of character, the happiness of love, the poison of jealousy and the human need for rebirth.
Charles Dickens has shown his extraordinary and well known talent of displaying the Human condition through his superb work.
What's the best I can say? A generous number of literature hours for a single credit! But . . . this story is really sappy, really long, and basically just lame. The narrator, David Timson, is fantastic as usual, but lipstick can only do so much on a pig. Stick with Dombey & Son, the Pickwick Papers, Bleak House, and Martin Chuzzlewit (in that order).
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
This is a good one if you like Dickens. (I do.) The performance is vey good, and the story is too.
A great, convoluted plot with fascinating characters. David Timson, the narrator, brings each one to life. He keeps each character's voice distinct. It's wonderful to hear. I listen to it while I commute to work, and can hardly wait to get back in the car to hear what happens next.
Don't let the length put you off. It's a masterpiece.
The performance of David Timson
I have always enjoyed Dickens blending of social commentary with drama
The characters are well rounded, if a little "over the top" and we get a good insight into the times in which they lived. There was no favorite.
The fact that "The Jew" was shown as a good person - unusual in writing of that era.
If you're a Dickens lover, then you're used to the intricate plots, the bizarre personalities, and the occasional frustration of having to sit through a scene with characters you don't like. This is good Dickens, not great, with a Deus ex Machina that's only a little less ridiculous than that in Martin Chuzzlewit. David Timson, however, is nothing short of fantastic. Every character is uniquely realized, and you can completely forget that you're listening to a single person reading. Highly recommended.
David Timson's reading of this long and complex work is among the best I have ever heard. His portrayal of so many characters, whether male or female, young or old, sane or insane, drunk or sober, is very impressive indeed. His portrayal of the characters is absolutely consistent, and shows a very great understanding of their personalities and motives. He switches effortlessly between characters, sometimes even in mid-sentence. Listening to his reading is a very great pleasure.