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DICKENS, C.: Pickwick Papers (The) (Unabridged)

Author(s):Dickens, Charles
Artist(s) Timson, David, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Classic Fiction
Catalogue NA0071
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 90.00
 

 


In The Pickwick Papers, his first novel, Dickens displays the talents and skills that became his trademark; observational humour, pathos and social comment abound as we follow Mr Pickwick and Sam Weller, his sharp-tongued cockney servant, travelling around England with his friends in search of adventure and knowledge. Brilliantly comic scenes at the Eatanswill election, and the trial of Mrs Bardell vs Pickwick contrast with the horrors of the debtors prison. It was Thackeray who described the novel as ‘that great contemporary history’, and it presents a nostalgic view of England just before the coming of the railway.


   




Review By RUSA (A Division of the American Library Association),January 2013

Timson’s irrepressible performance of this rollicking romp through 1830s England in Dickens’s first novel invites listeners along as Pickwick and his crew ramble through the countryside. With broad satire and clever irony, Timson proves a delightful guide through slapdash adventures and a host of eccentric characters. © RUSA (A Division of the American Library Association)



Review By AudioFile,April 2012

David Timson is a one-man ensemble who skillfully portrays dozens of characters. He is equally adept at chilling the spine with the gravelly, breathy tones of a madman as he is at tickling the ribs with the clipped speech and perfect comedic timing of a bold charlatan. Even his female voices, while seemingly overdramatic, capture the delicate nature of Dickensian women, who are oftentimes prone to fainting spells and fits of hysteria. Like the novel itself, Timson creates a superb portrait of nineteenth-century England that Dickens himself might have declared “a capital performance.” © 2012 AudioFile Read complete review








 

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