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David Timson talks about the relationship between Samuel Johnson and James Boswell - how they met, their unlikely friendship, and extensive conversations - and the composition of Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest biographies in the history of world literature.

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introduces the work

good introduction, well read, I liked it, I need to have fifteen words in this review

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Enticing

Timson is a brilliant and delightful voice actor whom I've enjoyed on Audible and the BBC. This free introduction to his reading of Boswell's Life of Johnson certainly makes me eager to hear the book and enjoy more of Timson's work which is of the highest quality. The book itself, a classic, also promises to please.

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An entertaining intro to Boswell's Life of Johnson

It has been some time since I read Boswell's Life of Johnson. This short lecture gives a good overview of the friendship between Boswell and Johnson, the circumstances under which Boswell wrote the biography, and a couple of interesting examples from the biography. The bio is a long read; if you just want the flavor of it, you'll be happy with this short piece. When you're done, you might find you want to (re)read the whole biography!

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amusing preview which draws listener in

This was a fun listen that drew me in to the Life of Johnson - one of those literary works that I've often thought i should read. This preview was free and highly recommended for amusing content and great narration.

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  • MichaelDee
  • 05-22-22

First-rate introduction

Beautifully narrated by David Tomson. Samuel Johnson remains a giant of 18th century English literature, a character larger than life who was at the top of his game in the literary world he helped shape. His impact and legacy live on until this day thanks to the unlikely friendship he struck up with James Boswell who committed their conversations and journeys to memory and which were later put down in writing in what is still hailed as one of the best biographies of all time.

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  • Glittergirl
  • 01-06-21

Thoroughly enjoyed.

This is direct and to the point. I enjoyed this podcast immensely. Although, only a quick piece it was light, clear and upbeat.

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