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It is difficult to state that this is my favorite Dickens because I enjoy them all. I can state though that David Timson is my favorite narrator. I also enjoy Sean Barrett, but Timson's distinctive variety of voices gives him the edge. I just listened to Dombey and Son and Barnaby Rudge - both novels are so full of life (and death), so much color and true Dickensian stories - right overcomes wrong and justice over evil in the end. I also read many of Dickens' novels, but I now believe that Dickens is to be listened to and not read. Although this book has two males (father and son) in the title, the most powerful and endearing character is Florence, Dombey's neglected daughter. Further, Dickens may have created one of the most obnoxious and evil characters in English literature in the person of Mr Dombey's manager, James Carker. Fortunately, and in true Dickens style, Carker gets his just desserts in the end.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Dombey and Son to be better than the print version?
I have never read the print version of Dombey and Son and had never even heard of it until I did a Dickens search in Audible.
What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
I thought that David Timson did a fanctastic job of bringing Dicken's characters to life. One benefit (and sometimes drawback) of listening to a book, is that you can be pulled into a character's life by the narrators voice. David Timson did an excellent job of differentiating one character from another. He has a very pleasant voice to listen to. Dickens has tendency to go on and on about a subject, but in David Timson's voice, it was not only pleasant but helped me understand the beauty of Dicken's narrative.
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This is the first review which I have submitted to Audible, but I felt that I had to comment on the excellence of the narration. Each character's voice is distinctive and appropriate and the narrative sections are paced beautifully. Dickens wrote rather better books than "Dombey and Son" and the last few chapters are weak, but for David Timson's reading of it fully merits the four stars.
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I had reached 67 years on this planet without reading this book, despite Charles Dickens being one of my favourite authors. Thank heavens I rectified that error by listening to this outstanding narration. Even at nearly 40 hours it still came to an end too soon.
The relationship between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and acquaintances......it's all there!
If he were alive today I suspect Dickens would have made a great therapist.
Every character came alive but Captain Cuttle was my favourite, possibly because David Timson literally became him! Wonderful.
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