Two cousins are born and bred to a heritage of selfishness. Yet their destinies could not be more different.
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Even at a lengthy 33 and a half hours, you will want the book to go on and on, so engaging are the humorous and dramatic moments … Listeners will find it hard to believe that only one voice is presenting the story, so well does [Sean Barrett] create the many and varied characters. --Janet Julian
Charles Dickens is not known for subtlety, and Martin Chuzzlewit is typically unsubtle, satirical, often quite funny, and, in this case, vastly improved by the expertise of Sean Barrett. There are so many distinct and consistent characters here, and Barrett nails them all, especially the two Martin Chuzzlewits, the gruff grandfather and the feckless grandson. The younger Martin goes to America with the most optimistic man in the world, Mark Tapley, who has a slightly Cockney accent and a 'never-give-up' tone. There they find racism, a land scam, and a fever that almost kills them. Barrett's gushing and wheedling portrayal of Seth Pecksniff vividly renders this hypocritical character whose fall brings about everyone's happiness in truly Dickensian fashion. Also noteworthy is Barrett's portrait of the deluded and drunken Sairy Gamp, a nurse you would not want in your hour of need. --AudioFile
Martin Chuzzlewit is a comic masterpiece which courted controversy on publication with its scathing portrayal of nineteenth-century America
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Book Description Penguin Audio books, England / USA, 1995. Audio Book (Cassette). Book Condition: New. First Audio. 1995 Audio Book on Tape Set, 2 tapes . STILL SEALED in original case in original publisher's shrinkwrap . BRAND NEW from 1995 publisher . Never opened, Never owned, Never played . Gift Giving quality . running time approximately 5 1/2 hours abridged . read by actor John Wells . Front cover shows a detail from painting 'The Manchester to Liverpool Mail Coach Passing Whittington College, Highgate' , by James Pollard . Martin Chuzzlewit - The classic Charles Dickens comedic story of an inherit ance . it relates the contrasting destinies of two descendants of the brothers Chuzzlewit, both born & bred to the same heritage of selfishness . showing how one . Martin . by good fortune escapes . & how the other, Jonas, does not . . only to reap a fatal harvest . Peopled with such Dickens immortals as Mrs. Gamp, Poll Sweedlepipe , Montague Tigg, Chevy Slyme . it is one of his great comic masterpieces . Abridged by Ed Thomason & produced by Stuart Owen . John Wells, actor, writer & director was also a founder of Private Eye . He has translated & written several plays including Anyone For Denis ? . His television work includes Yes, Prime Minister, Lovejoy & Absolutely Fabulous . " Martin Chuzzlewit " . by Charles Dickens . read by John Wells . Brand New Gift Giving condition . *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide, since 1965 ***. Bookseller Inventory # 705
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