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Little Dorrit Audiobook

Little Dorrit

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Publisher's Summary

Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor's prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.

Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the most significant works of the nineteenth century." (Lionel Trilling)

"Why do we never tire of Dickens? Isn't it because of his characters and their crazy worlds? Science fiction was never so strange! Reader Robert Whitfield catches this zaniness and infects us with it...Whitfield, with a unique voice and vision for each character, casts Dickens' spell of mystery and intrigue. Dickens fans should not miss this almost perfect performance of his most mature work." (AudioFile)

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    Rachael Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    Rachael Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 24/12/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story, brilliantly narrated"

    Yet another Dickens classic! I thoroughly loved the story of Little Dorrit! It's long, yes and very descriptive, but it's so wonderfully brought to life by Simon Vance's excellent narration and characterisation that I just melted into their world and was happily carried along with the tale. I shall certainly look for other stories read by him as he certainly brought the magic of Little Dorrit to life - enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    woodpigeon 12/07/2014
    woodpigeon 12/07/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable"

    I am a relative newcomer to Dickens and not the sharpest tool in the bookshed, so I surprised myself that I stayed with the plot so closely, rarely getting lost - the excellent, clear, sensitive narration helped here I am sure. My internal backdrop to the story was the BBC dramatisation which I remember quite well, and I suspect that helped too!
    A great listen, very memorable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 03/11/2013
    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 03/11/2013
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    "It's Dickens"

    It is soppy, idealistic, poetic, emotional and of course has a happy ending after torturing have of England. Most of it needlessly self inflicted by notions of honourable rectitude. It is Dickens and I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Sheffield, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    Jeff Sheffield, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
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    "Magical Dickens"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is an intriguing story with lots of wonderful characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dickens has extend the innocence and evil to the utmost, making both even more intriguing than ever.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    What a master story teller, and what a beautiful tone of voice. I love his subtle, almost gentle, dramatisation. This man could read horror stories to children at bedtime and generate only wonder and awe.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Little Dorrit - innocence and courage.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of Dickens wonderful characters and Simon Vance's narration make this one of the best versions of this intriguing tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • eva
    Sydney, Australia
    17/09/12
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    "Gripping"
    If you could sum up Little Dorrit in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, fluent, beautiful.


    What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why?

    Nicholas Nickelby. Both have characterisations that are descriptively magnificent and story lines that 'race' along in a linguistically serpentine adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    William Dorrit ( little Dorrit's father).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Funny .......but yes if the truth must be known I have taken to extra long walks just to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Charles Dickens is my penchant at the moment. Simon Vance has made the journey just that much more colorful.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Red Deer, AB, Canada
    03/10/12
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    "Delightfully interpreted."
    What made the experience of listening to Little Dorrit the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance interpreted each of the characters, bringing mood, tone and light to this narrative.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • maija
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    11/03/13
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    "mushy old story, well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends if they like Dickens..if yes then for sure


    What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why?

    many other Dickens


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    he's wonderful, especially with the classics.I try to find books that he "reads"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no...never do


    Any additional comments?

    not at the moment

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mimi
    28/04/15
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    "Love all Dickens Books"

    Wonderful and even better the second time. Now listening to All his books for the second time and even better the second time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellen
    Manti, UT, United States
    03/11/14
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    "Fantastic Narrator!!!"
    Would you listen to Little Dorrit again? Why?

    I would not listen to this book again because it was too long. But I loved listening to it the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the interwoven characters and their stories.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I loved them all, but Flora was divine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No I did not.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a very well performed book, a delight to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    08/10/16
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    "One of my favorite Dickens stories."

    I love this story, its a true classic with amazing characters, wont be my last time getting lost in this great tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lori K. Waite
    Rockwall, Texas
    29/09/16
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    "Style and Class"

    I am a great Charles Dickens fan and I have read most of his books several times but I had not gotten around to Little Dorrit. When I purchased this Audible (Blackstone Audiobook) I was very pleased to see it was being read by Simon Vance. The book was charming and Vance with his usual style and class, brings the characters to life. This is a thoroughly pleasurable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madeleine
    Prince George, BC, Canada
    04/05/16
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    "Dickens' female characters"

    I so prefer Anthony Trollope female characters! I find Dickens prefers his ladies to look down and keep quiet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    25/03/16
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    "Thoroughly Emjoyed"

    Another classic. I have read at least ten Dickens and this is a top 5 in my book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corianton L Alcorn
    15/07/15
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    "Classic Dickens, great reader"

    One of my favorite Dickens pieces. Let yourself get used to the camber of the conversation, then it is a very hilarious and touchingly awful story. Reader is not Him Dale, but he is pretty amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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