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Alide Kohlhaas
Lancette Arts Journal, December 2012

This Naxos audio book release has collected 10 of [Dickens’] sketches, some short, some quite long, but all capable of holding the listener’s attention.

The actor who reads these 10 tales is David Timson…Being familiar with the speech pattern of various parts of London, I can attest that he does the local accents with considerable skill. His enunciation is perfect. Thus he takes us with ease into the heart of Dickens’ time, and his London. © 2013 Lancette Arts Journal Read complete review



Anna Broome
AudioFile, October 2012

David Timson weaves his special magic as a one-man full cast in this abridged production of Dickens’s earliest magazine publications of essays and short stories. While delivering the author’s observations of London in the morning and at night, the Greenwich fair, and the fixation of Londoners on their gardens, Timson adopts a lively and contemplative tone. He hits his stride in the comic short stories, for which he creates multiple, often hilarious, character voices. “The Tuggses at Ramsgate” features the clipped-voiced Captain Waters, his mournful and duplicitous wife, Belinda, and the nervous and lovelorn Simon/Cymon Tuggs, who gets thrown from a donkey. The cadaverous and intentionally miserable Nicodemus Dumps—“the most unfortunate man in the world”—in “The Bloomsbury Christening” is pure genius. © 2012 Audiofile





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