Dickens's four Christmas-themed novellas display the author's strengths and weaknesses; David Timson enhances the strengths and strengthens the weaknesses, such as sentimentality and overplayed emotions. When Dickens is excessive, Timson is, too, but he manages to carry it off. He alone is an entire cast, with only female characters occasionally not fully convincing. He not only provides varied and excellent voices, but he also matches voice to character with intelligence and discernment, always seeming to provide the perfect voice for any particular character. His narration is consistently genial and smart but varies sensitively with the text--sober, amused, merry. These minor works won't please everyone, but those who appreciate them may find listening to Timson more entertaining than reading. W.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2016]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781843799849 $67.98 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN 9781843799856 $44.00
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