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.
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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."
Anything else by Dickens I suppose.
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.
- Terry Tyler
I'd try more Dickens but nothing else by Peter Batchelor
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
- Sara Black