Sunday, 28 August 2011

Dombey and Son - Audio 31 CD Set

5* Wonderfully evocative
David Timson is an amazing performer. His portrayal of every individual in this story is so distinctive, that each one is immediately identifiable by tone, accent and emphasis. And in this book there are very many characters. My wife is studying Dombey and Son for her university course and I listened alongside her. I have never heard a book read with such energy, enthusiasm and accomplishment. Timson is surely a master of his craft.

Like many Dickens stories, Dombey and Son is lengthy and complex. This CD set brings it to life so effectively, it is like being on the set of a play or movie. A truly wonderful production, the set includes 31 CDs in a sturdy box which will definitely not fit through your letterbox. However at close to forty hours of listening, I believe it to be excellent value at around £2 per hour.

The CDs in the set are contained in individual sleeves, each printed with the appropriate details, as included in the accompanying booklet with the time in minutes and seconds for each scene within a chapter. The booklet also has at the back a 4 page essay by David Timson, providing useful insight into Dickens's writing process and an interpretation of the plot and themes of the story.

A marvellous way to enjoy one of Dickens's most successful novels.

Amazon UK Dombey and Son audio CD

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