Dickens' Women Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From Little Nell to Miss Havisham, Dickens’ Women tells the story of Charles Dickens’ life through his beloved characters. Cowritten and performed by Miriam Margolyes, best known for her role as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, this one-women show is a celebration of her infectious passion for Dickens’ work.
Taking on 23 different Dickensian characters, many of whom were inspired by real people such as Mary Hogwarth, Dickens' sister-in-law, Margolyes showcases her astonishing versatility as a performer.
Dickens’ Women delighted audiences across the world in 2012 as Margolyes took her Olivier nominated show on tour for the bicentenary of Dickens' birth.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 27 minutes|
|Author||Charles Dickens, Miriam Margolyes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 November 2018|
|Publisher||BBC Digital Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 25,111 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
18 in Feminist Literary Criticism
36 in Women Writers in Women Studies
40 in History & Criticism of British & Irish Literature
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Without further ado, she opens with the hilariously bibulous Mrs Gamp, at the end of which lengthy excerpt we hear Miriam M`s own voice saying "That was Sarah Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit, and I`m Miriam Margolyes from Clapham". It`s just one delightful moment among so many in a tour de force from this versatile actress, who must by now, I`m afraid, be counted an official National Treasure.
Like her male counterpart in the `solo Dickens show` arena, Simon Callow, Miriam obviously loves the author warts and all - the only way to love him, if you ask me. Between recitals from the books, she tells us much about Dickens, particularly his relations with, and attitudes to, women. She lets one or two rather damning tales hang in the air, but wisely never stoops to judging him. (He was something of a tortured soul, after all, as well as a man of almost superhuman energy.)
One highlight of this one-woman (and a pianist) show is the excerpt she recites from Little Dorrit, featuring a Miss Wade, a rare lesbian character, something never spelt out - this was the nineteeth century! - but self-evident, especially in MM`s reading, which is as exquisite as everything else in this bountiful Dickensian extravaganza.
She also plays both the officious Mr Bumble and the coyly flirtatious Mrs Corney in a wonderfully funny chapter - she performs nearly all of it - from Oliver Twist. She can have you in stitches merely with a tiny yelp, as Bumble makes himself ever more at home...
I`ve played this many times already, and it never fails to charm, move, educate and
delight me. Miriam M manages to be blissfully funny one minute, deeply touching the next.
Like Dickens himself, she`s a marvel.
Please spend the small amount and buy this. You will play it again and again and again.