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The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1 | [Charles Dickens]

The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.
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The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1 is Charles Dickens' first novel, written under the pseudonym of "Boz". These related serial adventures center on Samuel Pickwick's and his friends' travels through the English countryside. Audio performer Patrick Tull shows genuine enthusiasm for the tales. His talent particularly shines when he creates characters' voices, each of which brims with a unique accent, pace, and pitch. From spinster aunts and wily servants, to innkeepers, actors, and widowed landladies, Tull breathes life into them all.

Publisher's Summary

Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

(P)1988 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-13-12 Listener Since 2008

    Miss Dickens

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    "Masterly Reading of a Timeless Comedy"
    If you could sum up The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Listen again, again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pickwick Papers is Dickens reveling in the human comedy minus the agenda of social reform found his other novels. IMHO comedy is far and away the most difficult of genres, and this novel, being a comedy from start to finish, showcases Dickens extraordinary skill as a writer and imaginative creator of character. I read Pickwick Papers when I was in my teens, and it turned me into a lifetime Dickens' fan. Patrick Tull, was THE narrator for this novel; he cannot be equaled for highlighting every comic moment in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the Christmas scenes


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

    Laughed out loud until tears came into my eyes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis 03-18-11
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    "Perfect narrator, delightfully comic"

    Patrick Tull is a perfect narrator for this book: his bluff, blustery, energetic style matches Dickens' comic prose to a T. It's an episodic book, with a very thin overarching framework: travels and adventures (mostly misadventures) of Mr Pickwick, his fellow club members, and the manservant to end all manservants, Sam Weller (or Veller as he would say). Every so often Dickens adds a tale, usually a ghost story or some other macabre event, related verbally or on paper by one of the participants. It's Dickens at his absolute comic best: high spirits, wacky characters, impossible misunderstandings all around; and it all ends well in this best of all possible worlds. Tull's many voices, giving brisk life to every character, are astonishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 12-30-07
    Virginia 12-30-07
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    "The Pickwick Papers"

    The reading of this hilarious and entertaining book is a sheer listening pleasure. Marvellous!

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    Igor 01-25-07
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    "great book but bad sound"

    Maybe something was wrong with my audio format, but the sound quality made it impossible for me to enjoy the book. This is the first time I am disappointed with audible. I strongly recommend listening to the sample before you make the purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edjo 01-05-07
    Edjo 01-05-07
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    "overpriced & almost unlistenable"

    As good as Tull's reading and characterizations are, at the highest format available (2), this recording makes Tull sound like he is talking through 3 pairs of socks! To the point of its being unintelligble.

    To add insult to injury, this title is split in 2. I don't know what deal Audio struck with Recorded Books for this recording but charging twice as much as most of the other similar length (~30hr) Dickens titles at half the audio quality is, at least by my reckoning, extortionate. At the very least you should consider this only one title.

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    Jeanne 12-30-09
    Jeanne 12-30-09 Member Since 2005
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    "fabulous!"

    If you like Dickens, you're gonna love this reading by Patrick Tull, who gives every character his/her own identity with a multitude of lively voices, making this rendition a wonderfully funny 'read'.

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    William Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-02-07
    William Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "The Pickwick Papers"

    I am a real lover of Dickens and looked forward to listening to this book. Unfortuanately the sound quality is so poor it is often hard to understand, at least for me. The reader sounds as if he is underwater.

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    Lori WEST HAVEN, CT, USA 09-26-06
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    The sound quality of this program is horrible, but the story is hilarious

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    John R Williford 03-16-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Pickwick Papers read by Tull"

    After thoroughly enjoying Patrick Tull's readings of the Aubrey-Maturin series, I decided to listen to his rendition of Dickens' most humorous novel. Tull is superb, breathing life and wit into the naively pretentious members of the Pickwick Club. His sixth sense for the timing and enunciation of Victorian prose is such that one will not regret subscribing to every 19th century British classic he reads.

    A few words of technical caution. The conversion of this reading from Format 1 to Format 2, while understandable, has the tonal quality of listening to a Winston Churchill WWII speech recorded from an old tubular RCA home radio.

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