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The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1 Audiobook

The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

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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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    Smelly Ian Yongin, South Korea 07-22-12
    Smelly Ian Yongin, South Korea 07-22-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Read the way it was meant to be"

    The Pickwick Papers is a very funny book, and it's no surprise it is loved to this day. What has made this book extra special to me is Patrick Tull's reading of it. He narrates the story and plays each character with a style and energy I think would be exhausting to imitate. I have to admit I don't love the recording quality that much (it's a little too strong in the mid-range). But the life Tull's performance gives to the book allows me to overlook this minor technicality. This is a must-have in your collection!

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    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2016

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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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    Virginia Waldron 12-30-07 Member Since 2013
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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
    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 Listener Since 2004
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 12-30-09
    Jeanne 12-30-09 Member Since 2009
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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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    Willie Mac Chattanooga, TN USA 03-02-07
    Willie Mac Chattanooga, TN USA 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
    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 2014
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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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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