Pickwick was a huge success. Chapman and Hall printed only 1,000 copies of the first monthly installment; at the end of serialization 40,000 copies were being printed. Pickwick had taken Britain, and later the world, by storm and had successfully launched Dickens to celebrity status. The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.
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The sound quality is abysmal. It's so dull, it's as if all the "s" sounds have been removed so I ended up straining to work out what was being said. I cannot imagine the original recording being this bad so I can only assume it's due to over zealous use of compression software.
"Never mind the quality, feel the width."
Anything else by Dickens I suppose.
I'm not at liberty to judge the book or the narrator, having only heard about fifteen minutes of it but I assume it is first class, like most of Dickens' other work. The whole thing was rendered useless to me due to the terrible audio quality.
I'd try more Dickens but nothing else by Peter Batchelor
There was no enthusiasm in the narrative parts - he might as well have been reading the phone book - and no subtlety in his representation of the different characters' dialogue. His differentiation between them was clumsy caricature. I gave up listening after the first few chapters
Siouxiebloo... I am a total & utter bookworm, reading Chicklit through to Classics & am always looking out for any up & coming new writers!
No-one can really know the meaning of a great read until they've read Charles Dickens!
Always entertaining his varied plotlines containing such an assortment of characters who you get the opportunity to know so well that when it comes to the closing of his tales you feel reluctant to turnover that last page...
I only hope that younger readers will take the time to read a Charles Dickens novel & give themselves the chance to see what 'Literary Genius' means...
"A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive."
Yes, I loved it, it is hysterical in parts..and I found myself wiping away tears on occasions. I love Dicken's Characters..I am Sorry this 29 hour book ended.
It real is hard to separate them, as they all play off of each other..But I loved Mr.Pickwick, Sam and of course Mr. "V"eller.
No, but I will, he did a fantastic job.
Pickwick in debtor's prison, and when Sam would not leave MR. P
I love period pieces and the classics, there were a couple of times it got a bit dry, but picked up to fantastic hilarity in the next chapter. I LOVED Sam Weller' s tongue in cheek humor, you felt at times that he was stepping out of the novel just to say the quips to you, then stepped back in and continued on with his part. I feel this would be tough for a novice reader to take on, it is a hard read due to being written in many parts with the English that was traditionally used in the working class. Again, I loved it, I hope you will too.
This book has long been gap in my Dickens library... and would have been ponderous to read & keep the variety of recurring minor characters straight... but the reader was so remarkably able to create individual personalities that it was a much richer experience. .. such a delightful cast of characters, and so informative of Dickens' sensibilities. .. delightful!
you are taken to other world with a cohoblopot of personalities. allowing the use of your imagination in the hectic present.
"Almost stopped reading it at first... wow"
Almost stopped reading it at first... wow what a mistake it would have been... it took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. Mr Pickwick was such a character.
Sam Weller. Loyal to a fault and resourceful as few.
Again, Sam Weller.
I laughed out loud numerous times and chuckled repeatedly.
Mr. Batchelor is a gifted interpreter of all of the characters and as such I cannot imagine anyone else reading Mr. Dickens' works but h.im
"This is by far, Dickens at his BEST"
Yes. Especially read by Peter Bachelor.
How to choose?? Sam Weller.
I am about to order all books narrated by Peter Bachelor. He makes the characters come alive !!
Yes but was too long to even attempt. Hated to stop. Was very upset when it was over.
If you think Charles Dickens is all "dark and morose" please give The Pickwick Papers a try. This is a great read. (or should I say, "listen") Bravo, Peter Bachelor !!
Very interesting, amusing and engaging story. Made even more interesting by Mr Batchelor's narration. He does an excellent job of doing all the various voices. Such a good job that I will seek out books narrated by him in the future.
"Narrator impossible to understand"
The reader's "lively" voice and accent for characters' dialogues is impossible to understand. Story is a good one though. Classic.
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