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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Old Curiosity Shop | Charles Dickens

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

  • 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.

  • A Christmas Carol (Trout Lake Media Edition 1) | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol (Trout Lake Media Edition 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two: Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son | Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two: Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Simon Cadell
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    Powerful full-cast radio dramatisations of three of Charles Dickens' most famous novels. Barnaby Rudge, set against the background of the anti-Catholic riots of the 1780s, follows the plight of young Barnaby and his widowed mother. Martin Chuzzlewit is a darkly comic masterpiece in which a disinherited Martin sets sail for America to seek his fortune. Dombey and Son examines a rich city merchant and his troubled relationships at home.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind's own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oliver Twist: Literary Classics Collection, Book 68 | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist: Literary Classics Collection, Book 68

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
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    >Oliver Twist is notable for its unromantic portrayal by Dickens of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century. The alternate title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress.

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