In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London. With his father imprisoned for debt, young Charles was deprived of an education and forced to work in a blacking factory. Such experiences molded him into the fiercely industrious, ambitious writer who would later claim that his characters talked to and touched him. Full of fascinating insight, the play illustrates how Dickens never quite managed to escape the dark shadows cast by his earlier life. Featuring material not included in the radio broadcast, this production is prefaced with an introduction by Callow himself.
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"Absolutely superb narration"
Simon Callow's narration of this book is the best narration I have ever heard. Absolutely superb.
"Attention English teachers..."
If only all English teachers listened to this or played this in their lessons, then I know Charles Dickens would be made more accessible and enjoyed. Simon Callow's performance is untouchable, I believe he is the best audio narrator bar none. I have been lucky enough to see Mr Callow perform The Mystery of Charles Dickens, but this audio version has just as much power. His tangible energy and passion and verbal agility are infectious.
If you love Words, literature, Dickens. This must be heard.
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