Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.
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Not the best of Dickens's stories, a bit disjointed and the young hero and heroine colourless but some of the "extras" are good. However, the performance of David Timson is amazing and makes the story worth listening to - every minute of it! And it is a good value time and moneywise,
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One of the best audiobooks I have enjoyed. This was a Dickens book I've meant to read for years but not had the time. Thanks to audible, I was able to enjoy this during a recent bout of the flue. Great characters, interesting story and funny. Many times I laughed out loud. David Timson gets most of the credit for this as his narration was big part of the enjoyment of this book. It's not fair perhaps but I expect Charles Dickens to be extra ordinary. Finding a reader equal to him is a surprise.
Mr. Toots is was, for me perhaps the loveliest character and best developed narration. Absolutely brilliant, funny, touching.
David Timson makes Charles Dickens come alive. His acting skills rank at the top of the A-list.
For classics, good narration isn't enough. David Timson is to reading what Charles Dickens is for writing.
David Timson never fails to deliver, whatever he narrates, but his genius and versatility are best displayed in Dickens's novels, with their great variety of unique and eccentric characters. Timson seems to know these people as intimately as Dickens did, and in Timson's voice, they come vividly to life, each with his or her own highly individual vocal tics. At the same time, Timson has a keen sense of what the narrator is really saying, and how it should be said, from the slyly sarcastic to the genuinely poignant.
While Dombey and Son is considered by some as being among the "lesser" of Dickens's novels (due, perhaps, to the premature death of an important character and the necessity of contriving a plot thereafter), it is nonetheless filled with the rich characterizations, astute humor, and just plain beautiful writing that earn him a place among the greatest of English novelists.
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David Timson is my new favorite Dickens narrator, and I wish to heck he would record more. I thoroughly enjoyed Dombey and Son, all the way through, and that is something to say for a nearly 40-hour book. Marvelous characters and exquisite writing. Captain Cuttle is one of the all-time great Dickens characters, as is Susan Nipper. On the creepy side, there are James Carker, Mr. Dombey's right-hand man, Mrs. Brown, and Major Bagstock, who consistently refers to himself in the third person. Not to forget the Blimbers, who run a school for boys; David Timson's characterization of Mr. Blimber is downright hilarious. And then there are Mr. Dombey's ridiculous sister Louisa Chick, and the bumbling but good-hearted Mr. Toots. It's as varied and vivid a bunch of characters as you find in Dickens, and they are all brought beautifully, creepily, and hilariously to life by David Timson. I've listened to much of Dickens, mostly narrated by Simon Vance, and a couple by Sean Barrett. With Dombey and Son, David Timson joins the Dickens All-Stars. I've already bought his narrations of Edwin Drood and The Pickwick Papers. Please, Mr. Timson, record more!!!
David Timson's narration, which includes the voices of the numerous characters, each with their own highly distinct manners, is fabulous and really words to make a great story engrossing to listen to!
This is a gem of a novel and in my opinion one of Dickens top 5 novels. For those who enjoy Dickens it has it has all the classic characters from a evil school master Mrs. Pipchin, to a underhanded business manager Mr. Carker who Dombey trusts. A maligned daughter Florence and a second wife Edith who stands up for herself. Although it is Dombey and Son it is more about the women who make up the main characters who stand up to Dombey, or aid him. I recommend this especially for women. The narration is also terrific by Timson. I would look for his work in the future.
Although much enriched by David Timson's superb reading (more a richly nuanced and varied performance of the story than a simple reading), it must be said that this is not Dickens' best work. The melodramatic narrative and the sentimentality are familiar features in all his novels, as are the gallery of exuberantly drawn supporting characters, but this time it all just goes on for too long. Much too long. The final third of the book becomes a sort of laborious slog to a much delayed and seemingly contrived conclusion.
I only have a couple more to listen to and my favorites are Dombey and Our Mutual Friend. The former is a real tear jerker especially the relationship between father and daughter. The book has the typically large cast of interesting characters and exciting plot developments,
intertwined with informative descriptions of Victorian life and environment. Dickens description of the railway construction was especially interesting.
David's narration is excellent with an impressive array of voices and accents.
David Timson does an amazing job narrating Dickens, giving interesting, distinctive voices to Dickens' varied cast of characters. I was especially impressed with his treatment of Walter Gay and Florence Dombey, two of the main characters who appear in the novel as both children and adults. Timson does well with these characters at both ages, and makes the transition for each of them from child to adult wholly believable.
THE FELICITY OF LANGUAGE AND THE MAGNIFICENT HUMOUR. THE CHARACTERS ARE UNFORGETTABLE, AND THE PLOT REMAINS RELEVANT TO OUR STILL- PATRIARCHAL WORLD.
OTHER DICKENS, OF COURSE, BUT THIS STANDS ON ITS OWN.
THIS READING IS SPECTACULAR IN EVERY WAY~~THE INFLECTIONS, THE ACCENTS (EACH CHARACTER IS COMPLETELY RECOGNIZABLE FROM MR. TIMSON'S MASTERY OF VERBAL PAINTING), AND THE GENERAL FLAVOR OF THE BOOK IS ENHANCED BY THIS READING. I DO NOT THINK I COULD HAVE ENJOYED "DOMBEY & SON" AS A BOOK NEARLY AS MUCH AS I DID BY LISTENING TO THIS ACCOUNT. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
YOU WILL HAVE TO ASK DICKENS, AS HE WAS AN ACTOR, ALSO.
I WAS DEEPLY SATISFIED WITH THIS RENDITION AND AM ONLY SORRY THAT IT IS OVER. I WILL CHOOSE MY NEXT DICKENS WITH A READNG BY MR. TIMSON.
"A tour de force"
David Timson's reading of this long and fascinating story was astounding. Every character was clearly defined, whether male or female, young or old. Excellent!
"Dombey well deserves to be much better known!"
Absolutely! David Timson brings all the myriad of characters to life, so you forget it's one person you are hearing. The theme is tragic indeed, but I laughed out loud many times, quite unexpectedly, when Dickens sprinkles his genius about in such pithy, witty phrases. The question, 'Why not Dombey and Daughter?' would make an intriguing essay title. There is hope for the coldest of hearts.
Our heroine, Florence, is rewarded in the end and the conclusion had me in tears of joy! There is much comedy too with the Captain and Sol. Simmering romance, assumed shipwreck, depths of depravity in the hovels of London, brightly lit cameos, and a spiders web of a plot; arranged in sequences of small scenes, with endearing eccentricities and infuriating people, keep the audio pages turning until long past lights out,
I will now buy the hard copy book and have it on my shelves for the sheer pleasure of picking it up and reading a few pages on my coffee breaks. The theme of extreme family dysfunction is not only Victorian, but sadly contemporary. Recommended for unconfessed workaholics. There is hope for you too.
Florence. She is quietly at the centre of it all. I identified with her all through and we meet all the others through her eyes. Many, myself included, would have run away, if possible, rebelled, hated her father and probably ruined her life. Her amazing patience, graciousness and astonishing forgiveness is a surprise indeed, Where did she find such unconditional love? Dickens hints several times at her secret which some others share; the presence of One who healed the sick and bound up the broken hearted, on the shores of Galilee, and still does today.
Walter turning up when assumed drowned, a minor character going out of her way to comfort a dying young woman, and when after many postponements, the precious 'last bottle of the old Madeira' was finally opened.
It would be impossible to do so because of its length. Even without sleep, it would be too much to absorb. It needs some time for digestion between its many courses. Dickens deserves to be savoured, not gulped down!
You may want to scream and shout at Mr Dombey initially, but please listen to the very end. It will be worth it!
"Outstanding but a little long!"
Yet another brilliant novel by Dickens, beautifully read by David Timson who's range of characters was astounding. My only criticism would be it's a very long novel and at times it did drag on, but that certainly didn't put me off. I highly recommend it, it's another Dickens crossed of my list.
A truly outstanding performance, all the characters are brought to life in such a three-dimensional way. I am missing them already. The only downside is this isn't dickens' best novel although as always it has some truly moving moments. Strong four Stars, but it is no Bleak house.
I enjoyed the performance. The different characters were delineated well making for a great listening experience. Thanks!
"Enthralling Illuminating and Entertaining"
Audiobooks do not come better than this engrossing rendering of one of Dickens' darker novels. There are echoes of King Lear in this story about a father who cannot bring himself to love, or even acknowledge, his daughter. Child abuse and neglect are dominant themes, as well as domestic abuse, with the author's sympathies, as always, with the victims. The reading is flawless; I could hardly bring myself to turn it off, and lamented when I reached the end.
"Classic Dickens in an industrial setting."
I would place this book very near to the top of my list for enjoyment.
The characters, the narration and the mix of history, intrigue and of course the storyline.
The scene where the mob are on the march, very well written setting the narrator a task to portray the action.
Once into the book it is the type of book that does draw you on and on to discover the next twist in the plot.
This is not just Dickens for the devotees but a classic novel of Industrial struggle and the ensuing complex situations that arise from the interaction of the various characters. Excellently narrated by David Timpson.
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