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The Pickwick Papers Audiobook

The Pickwick Papers

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2014

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Nancy Medford, MA, United States 08-06-12
    Nancy Medford, MA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Gigantic waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Pickwick Papers?

    In my childhood I did like Dickens. Revisiting as a adult has been a big disappointment. He is so tedious and verbose. ALL his characters are unlikeable - stupid, racist, and sexist - but mostly stupid. Pickwich Papers is more like many short stories with a loose link so there is no sense of an overall plot. I have to read this book for book group so I'm listening to it at every opportunity just to "get it done". The performance is good but even that can't redeem a BAD book.


    0 of 17 people found this review helpful

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