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The Pickwick Papers

The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear, Neil Gaiman
Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

This edition of The Pickwick Papers features an exclusive introduction, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman.  

This Audible Exclusive retelling of Charles Dickens’ first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, or as we now know it, The Pickwick Papers, is brought expertly to life by multi-award-winning actor Rory Kinnear.

A huge success, The Pickwick Papers catapulted young Dickens to fame and sold over 40,000 copies by the release of the last instalment. Stage adaptations were soon performed and merchandise quickly sold out to a public who dreamed of owning their own Pickwick cigars, song books and china figurines. 

About the book

When Samuel Pickwick decides to establish and preside over a travelling society, he unknowingly brings together three of the oddest men in all of London: Tracy Tupman, the loveless self-professed ladies’ man, Augustus Snodgrass, the poet who’s never put pen to paper, and Nathaniel Winkle, the endlessly clumsy sportsman. 

Introductions made and plans established, the ‘Pickwickians’ set off in search of new adventures outside of the confines of the city. Along with a host of other colourful Dickensian characters such as Mr Pickwick’s love-struck landlady, Mrs Bardell, and his trusty sidekick, Sam Weller. 

The Pickwick Papers manages to both move and amuse the listener as the protagonists find themselves in a whole host of bizarre situations they had not bargained for. 

About the author

With his father incarcerated, Charles Dickens had to abandon his studies at a young age and worked in a factory to support himself. Despite his short-lived education, Dickens went on to write 15 novels, various articles, novellas and short stories. He lectured and led campaigns for children's rights and education and arguably became the ultimate self-made man. Dickens had strong values, and they pervade The Pickwick Papers, which is not only one of his most comical texts but one in which he lays the groundwork for future satires expressing his deep-felt discontent with Victorian values. 

About the narrator

Rory Kinnear is an award-winning actor for his work both on stage and on screen. He is known for his portrayal of Bill Tanner in the James Bond films and is also recognisable for his television work including Black Mirror and Count Arthur Strong. His audiobook credits include Anthony Horowitz’s The Word Is Murder, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, and now this fantastic version of The Pickwick Papers.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Perfect

One of my favourite books made even better by the wonderful and extremely well judged narration.
I'm now going to start listening from the beginning again.

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This Is The Pickwick To Pick

Rory Kinnear excels as narrator. No need to say more. Download it and enjoy BUT. Oh dear. Neil Gaiman’s intro.... it great but utterly let down by bad editing. Gaiman clearly doesn’t think Dickens’ first novel was published in 1936. But he does say that. An error, surely but as always with Audible their post production and editing of total crap. What a shame.

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I could not recommended this book enough!

An extremely entertaining story which was so well written and flowed beautifully, I didn't want to stop listening. I particularly liked the humour and if I'm honest must admit to being surprised to have found it as funny as I did. My experience of watching or reading period pieces is of them being quite dry and serious so this was a breath of fresh air and most welcome.

Rory Kinnear is an AMAZING narrator breathing life and individuality into each and every character, the listener is able to tell which of the many are talking without introduction because of the special gift he has. I'm now going to try and track down more of his work.

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Absolutely brilliant !

The narration by Rory Kinnear, is by far the best audiobook narration I have ever heard.

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Amusing and brilliantly performed.

It's never easy to appreciate the humour of a bygone era but the way that Rory Kinnear performed this series of stories really brought it to life and I actually found myself chuckling at some of Mr. Pickwick's antics. It was an unexpectedly gripping listen with all the characters illustrated well by the different voices and accents he gave them and such an interesting glimpse into 19th century life when people "hung out" and others were described as "cool". Who knew!