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October 11, 2009

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I just listened to that last week on a drive from Missouri to Montana. Ian McKellan was indeed excellent.
If you want a good BBC Dickens audiodrama, try "Our Mutual Friend." Really excellent.

I thought there was supposed to be one for David Copperfield but now I can't find it. Does anyone know if there's a BBC audiodrama for that? O_o

Also Gina, speaking of Little Dorrit, have you ever read the book "Tattycoram"? I just heard of it the other day - apparently it's a fictional account of a real Tattycoram Dickens knew and based the character on - and I was wondering if you knew about it. :)

I haven't, but I should look for it!

In "Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women," which I'll be reviewing in the next few days, there's a mention of the woman who might have been the real Tattycoram. There's even a picture of her, looking very prim and formal and un-Tattycoram-like!

I would suggest the best way to listen to any book such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen etc is to download unabridged versions of the audio books from such programmes as iTunes and listen to them in leisure on MP3 players. I am currently listening to the unabridged version of Little Dorrit and even compared to the excellent Andrew Davies miniseries it is brilliant and there was quite a lot left out of the miniseries which I understand has to happen.

Just for clarity's sake, the BBC Radio version I was listening to was a dramatized version -- a radio play with actors -- not an abridgment of the book. Believe me, I loathe abridgments. :-)

And if you want to listen to free audiobooks, go to Librivox.org! Lots of Dickens there!

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