Our Mutual Friend

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by David Timson
  • 36 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

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What the Critics Say

"With a cast of characters that covers the whole spectrum of London life, Dickens weaves a tapestry of tales that are by turn funny, moving and tragic." (School Library Journal)
"The fact that Dickens is always thought of as a caricaturist, although he was constantly trying to be something else, is perhaps the surest mark of his genius." (George Orwell)

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excellent reading

David Timson is a gifted narrator with a seemingly endless repertoire of characterful voices which do the novel full justice. Our Mutual Friend was not favourably reviewed when it was first published but this reading is hugely enjoyable and places many of the characters among Dickens's most memorable.
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- Lisa

This book made me a convert to Dickens

I never liked Dickens after being forced to read Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol at school but this book ...........is fabulous!
The story is huge, with so many characters - all of whom are beautifully depicted. Some you love, like Miss Jenny Wren, and some you hate, like Fascination Fledgeby, but all essential to the story. The interweaving of their lives and fortunes and the satirical treatment of 'Society' and those involved in it make it a thoroughly modern book. David Timson's reading is superb. His voices make it so easy to see each of the characters in one's mind's eye. He is obviously completely a part of the process (I can almost see him with side whiskers, seated in a wing chair by the fireside, reading to us). I think this is probably the best book I've listened to so far and I am now Dickens' newest fan - I've just downloaded 'A Tale of Two Cities' on the strength of it!
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-05-2007
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks