First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848, it tells the story of Paul Dombey a heartless London merchant who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business. In his daily life there is no room for dealing with emotions because emotion has no market value. In his son he sees the future of his firm and the continuation of his name, while he neglects his affectionate daughter, until he decides to get rid of her beloved, a lowly clerk. But Dombey's weakness is his pride, and he falls prey to the treacherous flattery of others.
Combining an intricate plot, vivid language, and Dickens's customary social commentary, this is another classic from the master novelist.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced.
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This must be the bargain of the year in terms of hours of listening (40+) for your money.
Dombey and Son is chock full of characters interwoven into a drama full of incident, coincidence, pathos and sentimentality.. and social comment. It is a perfect vehicle for an audio book - far better than to attempt to read such a long and detailed novel unless you are an avid Dickens fan. In fact an audio book allows you to experience the novel, as it was written, in serial form. The reader is expert at personalising the myriad of characters and even makes the moralising bearable.
If you have always meant to read more Dickens but have never found the time and energy, give this a try.
John Richmond is an excellent reader. He portrays the characters brilliantly and infuses them each with their own individuality. More from this reader please.
This is a wonderful interpretation of Dombey and Son: you can see Tim Curry as Carker thanks to this ! I really admire how this thoughtful, fittingly languid, elegant reading was done. Excellent for those new to Dickens.
I'm afraid I found John Richmond's delivery too slow for this book. Dombey and Son is not fast-paced so needs an ebullient performance from it's reader to bring it to life. More than half way through I switched to the David Timson reading - much better - I would highly recommend that version.
"good story, poor recording"
This is another entertaining story in the typical Dickens style. The characters are well developed and the descriptions of events very detailed. The narrator, John Richmond, does a nice job of creating enjoyable character voices that keep one following the story smoothly. However, the quality of the recording is not very good. There are many instances of pausing, a background cough or two and several occasions of audible page turning. Personally, I didn't mind them however, it did prevent me from giving it five stars.
"Not really "unadbridged""
Beautiful reading, but for some reason he skips paragraphs and sentences here and there. I'm only in chapter three, but there he skipped an entire page. This title is labeled "unabridged" and at 41 hours you'd think it would be, but it's not. Just thought you'd like to know.
"WHAT THE DICKENS"
Tolstoy said that Dickens’ literature was a source of motivation for him to sit down and write. Dickens’ wrote many works picturing life during the industrial revolution that motivated more than writers to write. Dickens became a source of information for societal reform. Dickens describes many of the negative consequences of the industrial revolution; particularly, child labor abuse and deterioration of family values.
“Dombey and Son” is a lesser known work of Dickens that pleases the senses and gladdens the heart. For anyone who has children, “Dombey and Son” teaches parenthood and touches on parental’ errors of commission and omission.
Dickens’ stories are over simplifications and exaggerations of parental psychological abuse but the fracture of family values caused by industrialization is fairly depicted in his writing and well documented by sociologists and historians.
More importantly, “Dombey and Son” is a delightful and entertaining story.
"one of the best"
One of the best of Dickens, I think. This one and N. Nic. can make to wail and cry, here more for sorrow and there, more for story. (I don't like L. Dorritt, so you can assume this one is not like that one--Dorritt was a doormat. I can believe these characters better than those.)
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