Dickens’ last completed novel is fortunate to have two wonderful audiobook performances. Some years ago I listened to a BBC Audiobook production, read by David Troughton (a former Dr Who, I believe). I found Troughton’s gentle, sensitive reading engrossing and his characters convincing. I was thoroughly satisfied with Troughton – until I heard David Timson‘s reading on NAXOS.
Timson performance of Dickens’ narration is bit more energetic than Troughton’s, conveying both its humor and drama more sharply. And Timson’s amazing vocal facility evokes the novel’s many characters with particular clarity and distinctiveness.
I rate many of Timson’s readings of Dickens right up there with Timothy West’s extraordinary performances of Trollope; and I think Our Mutual Friend is one of Timson’s best audiobooks.
|Five CD copies of Timson’s readings are now available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk.|
(Unfortunately, I cannot recommend any other audiobooks of Our Mutual Friend. A couple are read by Americans, and the British readers I’ve heard cannot compare with either Timson or Troughton.)