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Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens

Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy
Length: 38 mins
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Summary

A dark, vintage Evelyn Waugh tickler about a stranded jungle explorer forced to read Dickens aloud.

Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

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edgy and well told

an excellent narration of a striking story about life beyond civilisation. as ever Waugh's humour is cut with a bittersweet edge.

a handful of dust by the same author would be a good read to follow.

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an easy listen

Hearing Leonard Nimoy again was a pleasurable experience , the tones of his voice and animation of the words breathed life into this short story. How I wish I could have seen it live , it must have been captivating, solely missed much more than just Spock.

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  • Patricia L. Schwatka
  • 23-04-17

The man who liked Dickens

Very interesting story and very well read by Leonard Nimoy..
Long enough to tell an involved plot, but brief enough to keep your interest all the way through to the end.. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Kristy Madden
  • 28-11-15

A Haunting Tale

I really like this story and the way that Leonard Nimoy narrated it. Set in the wilds of South America during colonial times, it hauntingly captures the loneliness and isolation which western settlers must have felt. Very spooky too, with a surprise ending.

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  • L. Kampp
  • 21-04-19

A perfect Waugh tale.

Wished only that it had been longer. Mr. Nimoy gave a very nuanced narration of this darkly humorous story of desperation and alienation.

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  • bb
  • 20-03-15

Excellent Audio Work

Where does Selected Shorts: The Man Who Liked Dickens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is better than most. Good plot, Good narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. McMaster is a very clever gentleman. He manipulates things to get Dickens read.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, but I don't want to give it away.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. The end was a little bit predictable, but it was well written.

Any additional comments?

Leonard Nimoy is an excellent narrator and does an excellent job in reading a story like he did all his professional work. RIP Mr. Nimoy,

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  • Kimberly phipps
  • 13-09-19

Enjoy Mr. Nimoy's live readings

Always enjoy listening to Mr. Nimoy read. He is sorely missed. Been a long time fan of his, ever since he played Mr. Spock on Star Trek.