I enjoyed immensely your readings of the Dickens novels Nicholas
and Barnaby Rudge
. I wanted to express my appreciation and
gratitude for your generosity in donating your time, efforts and talent
to share with others through Librivox.
Let me share the following with you, which is a composite of several
personal emails that I sent to friends of mine.
I've become a great fan of Dickens, having listened to mp3 recordings of
several of his novels being masterfully read by volunteers thanks to the
wonderful Librivox(.org) project. For the versions of David Copperfield,
as well as Oliver Twist that I listened-to, the reader was a British
gentleman named Tadg Hynes. For Great Expectations, it was Mark Smith.
Hynes and Smith were both quite good. Perhaps even excellent, in their
own right. But, of the Dickens readers I've heard so far, the greatest
has to be Mil Nicholson, the reader for the versions I listened-to of
Nicholas Nickleby and Barnaby Rudge. A British actress currently living
in the U.S., Nicholson was nothing short of superb in how she brought
the characters and the stories to life. A woman with a distinctly female
natural voice, her versatility in voicing the many different and
distinct characters-- including those with deep, gruff, male voices-- is
nothing short of magnificent . I would urge anyone who appreciates
Dickens to search for her recordings of his works and sample one.
I hope to eventually listen to your other Librivox readings as well.
Thanks again and best wishes,
New York, NY