The First of May

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Neville Jason
  • 0 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The First of May" tells the story of chimney sweeps in London who used to dance as they worked, but now Dickens bemoans that tradition has 'decayed'. Jason's performance tackles standard-issue Dickens romanticism and nostalgia for childhood and lost customs.
This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Have a few extra minutes? Don't fill those with Facebook or email. Take the time instead to enjoy the words of Charles Dickens, filtered through Neville Jason's clear voice. "The First of May" tells the story of chimney sweeps in London who used to dance as they worked, but now Dickens bemoans that tradition has "decayed". Jason's performance tackles standard-issue Dickens romanticism and nostalgia for childhood and lost customs. His voice is refined and articulate, quite easy on the ears. Overall, the piece provides food for thought mixed with decadent Victorian language.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks