I admit I love Dickens, but this presentation is wonderful. The story is another of Dickens masterpieces that is enhanced by Timson's amazing narration! What a gifted performer!
I cannot rave enough about this book in itself. As an audio book it's equally amazing. The voice artist brings to life the different characters with an acute memory as to who's who and doesn't slip. It's a joy to listen to.
The storyline itself weaves in and out of so many characters lives without seeming to. You become equally involved with everyone and your disappointment that their scene temporarily closed is relieved by the knowledge you'll become just as entranced by the next chapter. How some one can have so many vivid and interesting characters and still maintain a clear interesting storyline is beyond me.
If you love story, a little uncomfortable history lesson in the treatment of an entire culture, examples of the truest of loves (romantic and otherwise) and examples of the darkest and most hurtful emotions, I highly recommend this book. Even if you don't I would suggest giving it a listen. It is a wonderful piece of literature and a true classic.
The characters of Our Mutual Friend are extraordinary, the narrative sublime (and wonderfully humorous as well). Without question, my favorite work by Dickens. And in this Audible edition, we have the supreme performance of David Timson, whose voice has been the highlight of my days and my nights for the past week. I can hardly do anything without dying to get back to my iPod. (As a result, the house gets cleaned more each day and the dog gets walked more than ever she has before, doubtless to her surprise and good cheer.) I really cannot say enough about the narrator's delivery, flawless and eloquent in exposition, utterly brilliant in the dialogue of all these magnificent characters. I count this audio book one of the supreme joys of my literary life, and a prized possession I expect to return to many times over the years to come. Fantastically well done!
Although this isn't his best novel, it certainly translates well into the audible book format. The narrator should win some sort of award for his reading of this book. It's not just a reading, it's a one man show. He breathes life into each character, the accents are truly incredible. At some point you might fear that he might go too far, and detract from the integrity of the novel.. but he manages to keep it under control. The book itself suffers from Dicken's usual flaws, his tendency to hyperbole and over sentimentality. His lead characters are always too one dimensional, the 'good' characters are almost saintly, and as such unbelievable. But I'm still one of his biggest fans, his writing is wonderful, even if he sometimes strays into occasional silliness and pontification.
I really tried to stick with this book. There were moments of wry humor but just couldn't get into it. I loved Martin Chuzzlewit and Tale of Two Cities, but did not enjoy this one at all.
Amazing writer. I have made it a goal to real all the Dickens novels. This is my first and am currently reading The Pickwick Papers while listening to the audiobook version. His charcters come to life in your mind as you are reading .
Another great Dickens book with an excellent narrator. One might say there are almost too many characters but it was still very enjoyable.