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.
Listen to Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
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A short introduction to a Very Long Book
I don't think I would listen to it again - Bleak House is one of my favourite Victorian novels, and Timson's introduction made me want to go and read it again. I enjoyed Timson's overview of the novel, but I'm more likely to reread the novel than relisten to the introduction. The introduction is probably aimed at people who want a general idea of what the book is about and who the characters are - there wasn't really anything new in there for me.
It was interesting to hear a brief overview of Bleak House - the introductions at the beginning of classic novels tend to be academic essays rather than actual introductions, so this audiobook did a much better job of introducing the novel.
He knows the book, he talks about the book, he doesn't go off on a thirty-page tangent about some obscure literary theory and doesn't reference sixty other novels that I haven't read...
No, but that really isn't what I was expecting from this one, so it's no criticism.
I do intend to listen to some more of Timson's introductions to the works of Dickens at some point, but perhaps not to the novels that I've already read.