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The Pickwick Papers Audiobook

The Pickwick Papers

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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.

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Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 05-13-14
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 05-13-14
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    "A comedy of circumstances"

    A very enjoyable book. There are lots of characters and the narrator does very well to make them clear. I typically listen when driving and keeping up with minor characters was difficult, If you like comedy and institutional comedy (1800's style) then you should like this book. It was much different then Dickens later books, as the evil characters were mocked to some degree in this book.
    It is not my favorite Dickens, but as it is his first Dickensian's need to read it.

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    W Perry Hall 01-19-17

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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    "Ode to an Expiring Frog, Sir"


    “She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir.”

    “Can I view thee panting, lying
    On thy stomach, without sighing;
    Can I unmoved see thee dying
    On a log
    Expiring frog!”


    I agree generally with my friends' reviews that Dickens' first novel (published serially in 1836 and 1837), does not really hit its stride until after a couple hundred pages. This boost coincides with the introduction of Dickens' first humorous character, Samuel (Sam) Weller, Mr. Pickwick's personal servant and companion, and his hilarious cockney accent (who pronounces his surname as "Veller," with nearly all beginning W's and V's used interchangeably) and humorous sayings, such as "It's over, and can't be helped, and that's one consolation, as they always say in Turkey when they cut the wrong man's head off."

    The novel primarily provides a sequence of loosely related comic adventures (much like Don Quixote), though it also contains Dickens' first blasts of sharp social satire, here directed at greedy lawyers and specious lawsuits.

    I enjoyed it when considering it was Dickens' first and gave way to many more memorable characters and superior stories, such as those in David Copperfield and Great Expectations.

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    Athene 10-03-16
    Athene 10-03-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It's Dickens' fault"

    I guess Dickens' isn't my cup of tea after all, and the Pickwick Papers is the most ho-hum of anything I've read by him. I'd hoped to find it amusing, but was very little amused.

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    Alán 07-27-16
    Alán 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bueno con un inicio confuso"

    Muy buen libro, aunque se sale mucho del relato contando historias breves que no tienen que ver con el tema del libro y en particular al principio que parece no ir a ninguna parte, aunque el ingenio y la forma en que retrata la Inglaterra victoriana es muy interesante y divertida

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    Suzanne 04-15-16
    Suzanne 04-15-16
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    "Best audio book reader ever!"

    Not only Charles Dickens but an amazing reader as well. True pleasure from beginning to end and highly recommended.

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    Vikrant Vivek 12-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read...hear"

    Loved the prose - disjointed but woven together - bringing to the fore the great art of story telling
    The reading out was superb. It makes it more fun and to life than simple reading from the book.
    Would definitely recommend to the anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the pleasure of English language than anything else. Kids of today's sms world should read this.
    Of course, it is a bit of "all is well that ends well" type, quite predictable as a story.

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    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 10-09-15
    waelse1 charlotte, nc USA 10-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"

    One of Dickens' best; memorable characters, great story, and the reader does an amazing job with the voices. Will have to look for anything else he's recorded.

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    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-15
    Thomas Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-15 Member Since 2016

    I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.

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    "Narrator David Timson is exquisite."
    If you could sum up The Pickwick Papers in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful novel narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pickwick Papers?

    The election of Etonswarn in Chapter 12.


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

    He uses a different voice for all characters, and never slips up.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's realism, but mostly a comedy.


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    M. Henderson 05-17-14

    Author, reader, listener... interested in Great Books of the Western World, historical fiction, Victorian poetry, and some fiction.

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    "Great narrator, Dickens ebbs and flows"
    What did you love best about The Pickwick Papers?

    Dickens develops his characters wonderfully and he uses language to evoke humor and illuminate the human condition.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I like the serial format, but I prefer Dickens's other novels for reading straight through.


    What about David Timson’s performance did you like?

    Master of impressions. Consistent voices throughout for each character. A one-man dramatic performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed but not uproariously. Amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely listen to David Timson again, and I wish I could hear him do more Dickens.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 05-16-14
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Take the plunge!"

    I almost quit listening to this book at the beginning, but I persevered and I'm glad I did. Lots of laughs, a real romp as one reviewer described it. It wouldn't be Dickens without some pathos and many of the really serious or sad scenes are more asides loosely written into the story.
    How he ever managed to hammer this tale together as a beginning author shows why he became a classic author.
    I very much enjoyed this book and I will listen to it again!

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  • Allison
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    "Werry Enjoyable!"

    A classic tale, well narrated. Full of Dickensian humour and typically rich characterisation. A long but light-heated read that I will listen to again. Recommended.

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  • Eve
    1/10/15
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    "The funniest book ever"

    I'm a real fan of Dickens and I have to say that this has just become my favourite book of all time.
    The book details a comical caper around England undertaken by Mr Pickwick and his friends. The scrapes and situations they get into are hysterical and kept me laughing from start to finish. The narrator was really easy on the ear, and you could tell which character was talking by the different voices and accents he used.
    For anyone who thinks Dickens is dated or boring, give this a go. It's very entertaining; Dickens' novels were the "soap operas" of his time, and this one really takes the prize.

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  • Mrs
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    5/9/14
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    "Mr Pickwick and the Members of his club"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, with no reservations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This group of characters careering about the country are having a rip-roaring time and it is easy to get caught up in their adventures


    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favourite?

    Sam Weller without doubt.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Rollicking Tale


    Any additional comments?

    A line from Great Expectations "What larks Pip!" could apply equally well with a slight change to "What larks Pick!"

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  • Jeffrey Le Lerre
    2/15/14
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    "The Masters first book bought vividly to life."
    Would you listen to The Pickwick Papers again? Why?

    The book is long and episodic, but NEVER dull. I first read it when I was a young boy, (I'm now 56) and I have read it many times since. This Audio version, read by the wonderful David Timson, brings not only Dickens world, but also his many characters to life. I have no doubt that I will be listening to this title again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is populated by some of Dicken's greatest creations. From Jolly Mr Pickwick himself, to the amiable Mr Wardle, and the unutterable bounder Mr Jingle and many others. But my favourite has to be Pickwicks servant Sam Weller, for his home -spun philosophy, and fund of story's, to his ability to get Mr Pickwick out of the many scrapes he finds himself in.


    Have you listened to any of David Timson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other Dickens books read by David Timson, and ALL of them are terrific. He doesn't so much read them, He gives a PERFORMANCE


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

    The Christmas at Dingly Dell is always a delight to read. It always makes me want to be there. With David Timson's narration You can almost feel the heat from the roaring fire, and hear the laughter from the guests.


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