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D. L. McCusker

Newark, NY USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    This is the story of the celebrated Pickwick Club. The members are to report to the club on their journeys, adventures, and observations of characters and manners. Dickens creates a vivid picture of England in taking his characters along the nostalgic highways and byways of this majestic isle. This remarkable first novel made Dickens famous and has remained one of the world's best-known works.

    John says: "The Pickwick Papers"
    "Tin-eared"
    Overall

    The first reviewer is right. I prefer a real Brit to narrate Dickens, but there's nothing wrong in having an American do the honors, if they can do it properly. Unfortunately, this American narrator is just not good enough. His diction is clipped, but also unnecessarily forceful; it sounds like the particular monotone of an old Movie trailer voice-over actor from the forties and fifties. This doesn't segue well into the regional accents of Britain.
    The overall sound quality is a bit rough as well. You can tell this is cassette recording, in the sometimes tinny, far-away sound.
    It's really too bad, because this is a fun book, maybe not as dramatic and important as later Dickens(and even more episodic), but still funny and astute.

    10 of 25 people found this review helpful

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