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  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his disagreeable sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh and Pip has few prospects until he receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge for a more promising life in London. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he is haunted by figures from his past such as the escaped convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her proud, beautiful ward, Estella.

    says: "surpassed my expectations"
  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    A Christmas Carol

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
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    'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

    Highlight says: "THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'; so the recording begins and ends with some of Dickens's best-known words, and between those lines is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met.

    Mr David Newton says: "The best of books, the best of readers"
  • David Copperfield [Audible] | Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
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    Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

    Mrs. K. Sowden says: "Sublime"
  • A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition) | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
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    Charles Darnay is a French noble falsely accused of treason. Sydney Carton is a self-loathing junior barrister enlisted to defend him. Between them is a shared love for the daughter of a former Bastille prisoner. Soon, their interlocking fates will be decided, as the French Revolution is ignited and the Reign of Terror begins.

  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
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    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    nero5 says: "The Ultimate Dickens Audiobook"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Despite the title, Dickens's portrayal of early industrial society is less relentlessly grim than that in novels by contemporaries such as Elizabeth Gaskell or Charles Kingsley. Hard Times weaves the tale of Thomas Gradgrind, a hard-headed politician who raises his children Louisa and Tom without love and to have no empathy, their lives completely devoid of beauty, culture, or imagination. Only after a series of crises does their father realise that the manner in which he raised his children has ruined their lives.

    Lipsticklula says: "Fantastic book - wonderfully read"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    One of Dicken's best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

    Eager says: "Bachelor's narration of this classic is pure class"
  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    "I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it." With this modest preface affixed to the first edition, Charles Dickens introduced A Christmas Carol to the world. It has since come to embody the true spirit of Christmas. This reading by Academy Award-winning British actor, Paul Scofield, brings the classic story to life once again.

  • Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.

    Ken Hill says: "A classic story read to perfection"
  • Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    Raised in squalor in the marsh country of Kent, the orphan Pip is taken under the wing of the eccentric and reclusive Miss Havisham - only to blindly give his heart to the dowager's beautiful but ice-cold adopted daughter, Estella. Even as a mysterious benefactor helps to shape Pip's life into one of fortune, success, and self-discovery, the unspeakable secrets of his unrequited love continue to haunt him - and promise to change his life once again.

  • Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One: Classic Drama from the BBC Radio Archive | Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One: Classic Drama from the BBC Radio Archive

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, full cast, Pam Ferris
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    Powerful full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' most famous novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this first volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes four of his best loved stories.The Pickwick Papers. Mr Samuel Pickwick, founder of the Pickwick Club, forms a Corresponding Society for members to report back about their travels. So begins the chronicle of their hilariously comic journeys.

    Oldspiceis says: "well performed"
  • David Copperfield | Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Mr David Newton says: "The Joy of Audible"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
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    With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

    Katherine Elford says: "classic that is wonderful to listen to"
  • Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens

    Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
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    One of Dickens' early works, Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity that is interspersed with Dickens' moving condemnation of society's mistreatment of children and the cruelty of the educational system. Young Nickleby struggles to seek his fortune in Victorian England, yet succeeds despite social injustice, in a story that mirrors Dickens' own rise from poverty to great success.

    Brian says: "Old warhorse fighting fit"
  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

    John says: "great story. well read"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
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    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor; these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

  • The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

    Terry Tyler says: "Unlistenable"
  • Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens

    Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    Lisa says: "excellent reading"
  • Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.

    Amazon Customer says: "Some missing text and detail"
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