For years I tried to read Dickens but always gave up after the first few pages because of his verbosity. Having decided to try an abridged audiobook I have to say I'm now converted. The wonderful voice of Simon Callow narrated and acted his way through this story, bringing to life the personalities in the book, with my rapt attention. Whereas I had always believed Dickens to be 'dark' - full of sinister Victorian characters - I've now discovered the humour and compassion of a writer people have raved about for years, years that I feel I missed out on. And more than that, I've discovered that Dickens was a romantic! This is an excellent way to get to know classic authors and I shall certainly be listening to many more.
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