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Publisher's Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2014 Trout Lake Media
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5 out of 5 stars
By d op on 08-11-14

A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive.

Would you listen to The Pickwick Papers again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Peter Batchelor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will, he did a fantastic job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pickwick in debtor's prison, and when Sam would not leave MR. P

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Grannis on 06-16-15

amazing performance

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!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Terry Tyler on 01-25-15


What disappointed you about The Pickwick Papers?

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."

What other book might you compare The Pickwick Papers to, and why?

Anything else by Dickens I suppose.

Any additional comments?

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara Black on 06-30-16

Horrible narration

Would you try another book written by Charles Dickens or narrated by Peter Batchelor?

I'd try more Dickens but nothing else by Peter Batchelor

What didn’t you like about Peter Batchelor’s performance?

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

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