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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,063 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1999 ISBN:
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Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/19/2014

    " Dickens' first novel. Fairly entertaining, though you'll likely end up wondering what the point was after alllllll those pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Ramsell | 2/8/2014

    " This was my favorite book by CD until Bleak house edged it out. It still contains the greatest character Mr. Dickens ever wrote, Mr. Samuel Weller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loretta | 2/6/2014

    " I tried my hardest to read this and really did not enjoy it at all (after getting about 25% in). I do quite like Dickens, so I suspect the reason I don't like this one is attributable to it being his first long work. Perhaps I'll give it a try at a later date, but I suspect not. With so many wonderful books out there (including more by Dickens!) I find no reason to force myself to read something when doing so feels like a chore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/1/2014

    " The most light-hearted Dickens I've read. Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Edinger | 1/30/2014

    " I'd been avoiding this for ages thinking it would be tedious, but found it to be not so at all. The vingettes are hilarious. Pickwick and co are along the lines of Mole, Ratty, and Toad. Delightful! (BTW, I listened to it and that was great fun too.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/29/2014

    " I first read the Pickwick Papers at the age of about 16, I remember I found them fascinating though I understood little of what I was reading. Now, almost half a century later, with much more knowledge of Englisch, I confirm my juvenile judgment. It is fascinating literature, highly ironic, masterful language, sharpsketched situations. And of course, like most 19th century authors, Dickens takes his time, and the reader must grant him that in order to enjoy the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsay | 1/21/2014

    " My favourite of Dickens and that is saying MUCH. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the light-heartedness of this book and found myself laughing out loud at some of the antics of the gentlemen in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Christie | 1/7/2014

    " This is not only the funniest book I've ever read but one of the funniest thing written in any medium. It is like a sitcom in book form. Insane characters, witty one liners and the added bonus of some terrific short stories interspersed. Just fantastic! Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 12/3/2013

    " A fun comedic masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 11/17/2013

    " This was silly and delightful. A very different Dickens story than others that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Rosenow | 11/3/2013

    " Soooo hard to get into, but once I did I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/29/2013

    " Along with Bleak House, my favorite Dickens. As light and airy and funny as he ever was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Fentiman | 5/21/2013

    " It took me a loooong time to get through this. But I persevered and was rewarded by absolutely impeccable writing. Dickens constantly amazes me with his ability to write to eloquently and beautifully. I wish all books were written so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 3/10/2013

    " First Dickens novel that I have ever read. The language was difficult at times but his humor made it worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/7/2012

    " This book was so funny! I love Sam especially. What I really enjoyed was getting more of a look into Charles Dickens writing style. I believe this is him at his best, literally... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Rosenberg | 11/23/2012

    " Fun read. CD did get paid by the word so sometimes a bit long-winded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Himan | 6/1/2012

    " I enjoyed the flow of words in this book. It was as comfortable as a quilt on a cold winter's night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/28/2012

    " Very funny. Narrated by Patrick Tull, the very best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Coverley | 1/14/2012

    " Worth persevering with this book. I actually hooted out loud on several occasions. It is amazing to think that Dickens was only in his 20's when he produced this masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Uzzi | 8/10/2011

    " Grand characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 7/10/2011

    " Charles Dickens is still being published for a reason...mostly his sense of humor. This is another example of funny characters...great stories and old men doing stupid things. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spring | 6/28/2011

    " A must have! I marveled at the descriptive skills of Charles Dickens.a great read.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthy | 6/25/2011

    " I've always wanted to read the real version of this story and because I've grown hearing it every Christmas, I never bothered to actually read it. There was nothing new to add but yet, I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dodokins | 6/24/2011

    " And every christmas, I ask myself what will I see when the spirits come? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 6/23/2011

    " Ebeneezer Scrooge - one of the best realised characters in literature :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zohaib | 6/23/2011

    " This is a good book as good as the film perhaps even better
    :)
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath | 6/21/2011

    " You can't go wrong with Dickens. This is a classic that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cissi "Invisible but Invincible" | 6/20/2011

    " One of my favorites. Can't wait to see my old school perform the play next year! So exciting! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 6/19/2011

    " I finally read the book, and loved it! If you like the classic tale, the book is a fun read. The TV and film versions I've seen all have many direct quotes from Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/14/2011

    " Just delightful. Dickens is only surpassed by Disney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/13/2011

    " Performed as a readers' theater in high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/9/2011

    " I think that this book was very vivid and creative because it has a moral within itself. It teaches you to be generous and kind to others, rather than be a selfish, greedy person that everybody will hate. This book is truly wonderful, almost like a classic within itself. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rondell | 6/8/2011

    " it was a pleasure reading this book because i think the guy at the end of all his trials learn that you cant be selfish ,greedy and mean all his life and he learn that being unselifish anf creshirish it for the best .


    p.s i spelled a word wrong correct me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 6/5/2011

    " I loved reading the original story because I have seen so many film versions of the Dickens classic. Dickens' writing style is well-crafted and entertaining as well. I found myself laughing at some of the side comments Dickens makes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/3/2011

    " Loved it! could read it over and over! "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.