Excellently read with totally believable characters.brings Dickens to life with great authenticity.sorry it has ended.
A wonderful story that is unenriched by a masterful performance from Martin Jarvis. One of the best audiobooks I have heard.
"Brutal and gripping story brilliantly narrated"
I listened to this straight after listening to Pickwick Papers (another great reading by David Timson) and you would hardly believe they were both written by the same author. As well as being a great story it was also a great education as to how things were at that time and encouraged me to do more research of the period. I am so impressed by the amazing talent of Martin Jarvis. I've listened to him read, or I should say perform, Hard Times and Great Expectations and he really makes it an experience to remember. I just can't work out how he does it, surely he doesn't just sit down and read it off live...there must be overdubs and editing surely?!...it's brilliant anyway!
I love books. Love to hold them, feel and smell the pages so I thought I would not like audio books. I gave this a try because of a promotion and now I'm converted. This particular book came to life in the expert hands of the narrator who managed to 'play' so many characters successfully. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
"Always a great read"
I love Dickens, the way he describes detail, so easy for me to build a picture in my mind, Martin Jarvis does a excellent job too.
The fact that he able to voice so many of the characters, it was as if each had a different actor !
"Story Not for Me."
The narration of this was great but, for me, the story wasn't. Of the Dickens I've read, this is my least favourite and honestly if it had been my first Dickens I'm not sure I'd have read more of his work. The opening paragraph is possibly one of the best in literature but, sadly, the novel as a whole didn't live up to that for me!
It's a personal thing, and I'd implore that everyone give Dickens a go! This audiobook was great, just the story didn't do it for me!
"rekindled my love for this story"
the narration brought this classic to life. first book I ever cried too, again I shed a few years
"A magnificent performance by Martin Jarvis"
This is a wonderful story made all the better by the narration. Martin Jarvis brings every character to life. Highly recommended.
"A stunning classic"
A stunning classic stunningly performed. The breadth and depth of this work is amazing and so much richer than many of Dickens more popular works. But so many of those have been thinned down for Hollywood.
"A classic story well read"
One of those books you were always supposed to read brilliantly read by Martin Jarvis. Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it. Dickens at his best!