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David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to The Pickwick Papers narrated by Anton Lesser.

The Pickwick Papers, Dickens' first novel, is a glorious romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Traveling by stage-coach, the innocent but well-intentioned Pickwick and his equally naive friends, all in search of "interesting scenes and characters," are repeatedly saved from disaster by the resourceful and quick-witted Sam Weller.

Listen to The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.

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What listeners say about The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Pickwick Papers

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Not quite an introduction.

This isn't an introduction, such as one you might find in a text. Rather, it is a collection of excerpts. It is, however, enjoyable.

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Not Quite What I Expected

David Timson’s performance of Pickwick Papers made me eager to hear his take on the book he read so unerringly. Unfortunately, after an accurate but perfunctory summation of the novel’s origins and general shape, there followed nothing but extended extracts of the recording I had just finished. Thinking at first that these were examples of characterization or style that would be elucidated later, I kept listening. But no, just extracts.

No big deal, considering that it was free. Still, thought I’d let other listeners know.

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Dickens quick look

If your looking for a quick synopsis, these introductions to Dickens works give a good overall briefing.

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Taster that does its job

Now I intend to read the whole book. Sounds like one of Dickens' more cheerful creations. Wonderfully narrated. Thoroughly enjoyed.