This, my favorite of all the Dickens books, came alive for me in a way I never expected. David Timson is masterful in his depiction and accents of the many characters, breathing life into them in a way I never thought possible. I keep it on my Ipod, and can pick it up again anytime and start enjoying it all over again, I am now searching for more David Timson narrated books to enjoy!
When Mr and Mrs Boffin explain the mystery of John Harmon to Bella Wilfer, and their part in the mystery. But one of the secondary characters, Rogue Riderhood, unexpectedly brought some of the best and most humorous dialogue.
I absolutely loved the story, and especially the narration by David Timson.
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.
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.