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What can one say about Dickens' masterpiece that hasn't been said already? I'd just like to recommend it to every woman in this day and age who says she's "not a feminist," so that any one who makes this claim can be absolutely certain about what she'd be happy to give up. The guilt and shame that Little Em'ly had to live with for the rest of her life because she allowed herself to feel sexual attraction to someone other than the cousin she had grown up with as a brother... the way Mr Murdstone could freely harass his wives to death with no one to intervene on behalf of them...the way even the stronger, happier women, such as Mrs. Macawber, had to preface every statement of opinion with some self-effacing comment about being only a woman and so perhaps not conversant on these issues - just to name a few examples. What a look this is at a society where women have no power.
Mainly I would like to add to the chorus of praise for this narrator. Martin Jarvis successfully creates a different voice for every character - and any one who's read Dickens knows that is a major accomplishment. He is so good at this that the listener knows instantly who is speaking, even when the narration doesn't immediately identify the character. His voice and skill at evoking emotion are a perfect match for this text. Well done, Audible - can I put in my suggestion that when you are looking for someone to do the unabridged Lord of the Rings, that Mr. Jarvis be first on your list? I can just imagine what he would do with that cast of characters!
Of the more than 100 audiobooks to which I've listened, Martin Jarvis's reading is the best I've heard. He captures Dickens's characters as though he were putting on a master class in acting. But he manages to leave the reader/listener room to imagine the characters, too. There is not a missed note in the entire performance. There were many great characters, but I enjoyed Jarvis's rendering of Mr. Micawber the most. This is well worth the listen.
Dickens was well known in his day for giving lively, dramatic readings of his books--how he would have been delighted with Martin Jarvis's performance! Each of the colorful characters has an instantly identifiable voice, and all the nuances of class and region are beautifully done. Even the voices of the women are incredible--especially Dora's. As I listened, I could easily picture David's tiny, slight, blue-eyed "child wife." Bravo, Mr. Jarvis. I'll be looking for more of your performances!
What a great book with a great array of well described characters, I did not want this book to end. Dickens was truly a master of his craft,
Wonderful story, very good narration...Martin Jarvis handled each of the different characters with different intonations and did it consistently
Martin Jarvis is a wonder. His narration is flawless and his particular character voices are so endearing and appropriate that I wonder if he makes the text even greater than it is, at it is great.
The characters... there is such a collections of great characters that is absolutely impossible not to love the story
He does an outstanding job, gives the right tone and does the voices in an original manner.
In short... One of the Best compilations of Dickens characters
A great classic. Kept me interested from start to finish. A must listen. Best book I have purchased on Audible yet.
This was a absolute joy to listen to - Martin Jarvis is an incredible narrator managing to sustain a large number of characters with voices that, for me, were completely true to character - his voice is so versatile. The enormous pleasure of Dickens for me is how the mid-nineteenth century is brought to life, you feel completely involved in the characters' lives and although it can be a little lacking in subtlety at times - I don't care - it's just a great story!
A very easy way to get through the book. I love reading but often struggle with Dickens, this is an easy way to get through it and the narration is also very good, so good you don't really notice it and are simply engaged in the story.
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