David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Bleak House narrated by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher.
A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century.
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only barely an intro
I decided to listen to these before listening to the actual novels. David Timson does offer up a succinct intro to each work, touching on its place in Dickens' oeuvre, what motivated the author, influences, themes, and period reception. Thankfully, he's careful not to spoil the plot. The narration is excellent, especially the ones Neville Jason does. My only issue was that all these intros run to about 30 minutes but actually the David Timson introduction is only about the first five minutes. The rest is the first few pages of the book being read. Still, they're worthwhile to listen to (at least the first five minutes) before listening to one of the novels. They offer good context if you're not very familiar with Dickens' life and work.
- Daniel Kane