Of the five or six dickens books I have read this was my least favorite. I liked the narrator and the voices he created for the various characters but I found The plot to be boring and I found myself not really caring what became of these characters. The book is making social commentary about class, snobbery and gender roles that May have been biting and significant at the time they were written but are far less so now.
The performance was wonderful and really pulls you into the story line. I don't know how the narrator kept track of all the characters in the story and gave each of them a personality that I felt matched up very well with the written nature of each one. But the real treasure of the book is simply the telling of the story. Charles Dickens is a matchless teller of tales.
This is my favorite Dickons book and my favorite male narrator. Loved it! Treat yourself to the best!
David Timson does a great job with the narration - he differentiates characters well, not an easy task because there are so many in this novel. I love the novel - it's one of my favorite Dickens novels - and experiencing it as an audiobook was great fun.
I love the way Dickens intersperses very sharp social commentary with a very real set of entertwined, human stories. One of my favorite characters is Jenny Wren.
I don't normally write Audible reviews, but after spending 36 very enjoyable hours listening to "Our Mutual Friend" I felt compelled to say that the narration of this book by David Timson is simply amazing! I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the years and this performance is the the best I have ever heard. TImson's voice characterizations bring the story to life and help the reader keep the large cast of characters straight. I most highly recommend this performance of "Our Mutual Friend."
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.