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Allen L. Harris

Stone Mountain, GA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (62)
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    (56)
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    The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

    Darwin8u says: "Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis"
    "No Better Way to Spend Your Time!"
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    If you could sum up The Pickwick Papers in three words, what would they be?

    Lovable, endearing, joyous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dickens' marvelous stream of inventive genius.


    What about David Timson’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to another audible version of Pickwick Papers--in addition to reading it when I was young. But David Timson's performance is simply incomparable. I am thankful to have it, and look forward to listening to it again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes--but it would require me to go without sleep for several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally write reviews, but I was so shocked by the first review to be posted that I felt I had to respond. To condemn Charles Dickens on the charges of racism and sexism displays a sad failure to understand the purpose of great literature, which is to open our minds to the full richness of life, and certainly not to re-enforce our current notions of political correctness. Few books display the richness of life more radiantly than The Pickwick Papers and I urge anyone who wants to enjoy a romp through early nineteenth England to download David Timson's enthralling version of Dickens first masterpiece. It is cheaper than a trip to England, and a lot more fun.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
    "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
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    What did you love best about The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I?

    Everything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I?

    Too many to count.


    What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    On paper Gibbon's prose can appear dauntingly monumental, but David Timson's reading makes it come alive. You feel almost as if Gibbon were chatting with you. An absolutely marvelous job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately Audible has adopted a policy of appending the Amazon.com reviews as a default if there are no reviews of the audiobook they are trying to sell. In the case of Gibbon, this means that anyone curious about this audiobook found himself wading through one-star reviews of a defective ebook version of Gibbon. So pay no attention to the Amazon.com reviews. The Naxos Gibbon is one of the great achievements of the "audible age," thanks to incredible reading of David Timson. (His Dickens is also wonderful.)

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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