Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens


Read by Ray Clare

(4.6 stars; 5 reviews)

“These papers were originally published as prefaces to the separate books of Dickens in one of the most extensive of those cheap libraries of the classics which are one of the real improvements of recent times. Thus they were harmless, being diluted by, or rather drowned in Dickens. My scrap of theory was a mere dry biscuit to be taken with the grand tawny port of great English comedy; and by most people it was not taken at all--like the biscuit.

Nevertheless the essays were not in intention so aimless as they appear in fact. I had a general notion of what needed saying about Dickens to the new generation, though probably I did not say it. I will make another attempt to do so in this prologue, and, possibly fail again." (Summary by G. K. Chesterton)

(8 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Introduction Part 1 10:39 Read by Ray Clare
Introduction Part 2 14:18 Read by Ray Clare
Introduction Part 3 11:45 Read by Ray Clare
Introduction Part 4 9:33 Read by Ray Clare
Sketches by Boz Part 1 11:36 Read by Ray Clare
Sketches by Boz Part 2 12:51 Read by Ray Clare
Pickwick Papers Part 1 11:56 Read by Ray Clare
Pickwick Papers Part 2 13:09 Read by Ray Clare
Nicholas Nickleby Part 1 11:57 Read by Ray Clare
Nicholas Nickleby Part 2 11:40 Read by Ray Clare
Oliver Twist 21:48 Read by Ray Clare
The Old Curiosity Shop Part 1 13:51 Read by Ray Clare
The Old Curiosity Shop Part 2 14:59 Read by Ray Clare
Barnaby Rudge 20:40 Read by Ray Clare
American Notes 20:17 Read by Ray Clare
Pictures from Italy 5:46 Read by Ray Clare
Martin Chuzzlewit 23:55 Read by Ray Clare
Christmas Books 20:33 Read by Ray Clare
Dombey and Son Part 1 14:58 Read by Ray Clare
Dombey and Son Part 2 15:52 Read by Ray Clare
David Copperfield 20:35 Read by Ray Clare
Christmas Stories 14:46 Read by Ray Clare
Bleak House 21:48 Read by Ray Clare
Child's History of England 17:00 Read by Ray Clare
Hard Times 17:28 Read by Ray Clare
Little Dorrit 19:06 Read by Ray Clare
A Tale of Two Cities 17:05 Read by Ray Clare
Great Expectations 19:11 Read by Ray Clare
Our Mutual Friend 21:51 Read by Ray Clare
Edwin Drood 20:10 Read by Ray Clare
Master Humphrey's Clock 16:52 Read by Ray Clare
Reprinted Pieces 9:37 Read by Ray Clare

Reviews

Delightful in every way!

(5 stars)

Thanks Mr. Clare! Definitely worthwhile. Chesterton would love LibriVox, I feel sure.