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.
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.
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 .