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  • Little Dorrit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 35 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • little dorrit, narrated by Anton Lesser

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-06-09

A good story with one particularly uncanny twist!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pancks. He had the courage to do the right thing and expose Casby for what he really was. Plus, he uncovered the Dorrit fortune...mind you that had it's draw backs!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The death and exposing of Mr. Merdle and his "Ponzy Scheme" way before Charles Ponzi was even born! I thought this was quite uncanny as we have just experienced something so similar in recent years

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Little Dorrit seemed to lose the Father to his fortune and how she longed for the happier days in the Mashalsea

Any additional comments?

Great narration from Anton Lesser! Not my favourite Dickens novel, but a great story none the less.

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent reading

  • By Lisa on 13-06-08

Lot's of character's and a hell of a twist!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-13

What did you like most about Our Mutual Friend?

I really liked the observation with regard to a tendency for some people to punish their benefactors. I mean, of course, the ungrateful Silas Wegg's blackmailing of Noddy Boffin.

What other book might you compare Our Mutual Friend to, and why?

The marriage of Eugene Wrayburn to Lizzy Hexham is reminiscent of Harry Maylie and Rose in Oliver and Arther Clennam to Little Dorrit

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favourite?

Mr Riah was probably my favourite. He acted with such dignity and kindness despite the dreadful way he was treated.

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

I was outraged by the heinous way Silas Wegg schemed against Mr Boffin, but also found the scene where Rogue Riderhood was brought back from the dead very moving. He was such an awful character in life, but that didn't prevent people from doing their up most to save his life when he lay weak and helpless. Probably that was the most care he had ever been shown and I hoped it might change him for the better, but like Bill Sykes with regard to Nancy, or Ralph Nickleby with regard to the Cheeryble Brothers. You realise that these characters are so far gone they are incorrigible.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story telling from David Timson!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Martin Chuzzlewit

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit, Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. Of his two descendants, born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, one, Martin Jr., has the good fortune to transform, while the other, Jonas, does not and receives a fatal penalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wit as never before Chuzzled

  • By Alec on 23-12-08

Not my favourite, but still thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Martin Chuzzlewit the most enjoyable?

I probably would have given up on this novel within the first couple of chapters if I were reading it. I really needed it bringing to life by Frederick Davidson. I have learned with Charles Dickens later novels, by which I mean post Nicholas Nickleby, to persevere and the effort will be well rewarded and that was the case here.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Mark Tapley, I wish I had a bit more of his attitude, optimism, humour and good nature!

Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favourite?

Oh definately Seth Pecksniff!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way Tom Pinch was exploited by Pecksniff was deplorable

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure about the American visit, it was clever, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the novel and found it a bit too satirical and, frankly, a bit hypocritical coming from an Englishman!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good old Charlie!

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Great Story and Brilliantly Narrated!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

A great story with polarized characters. Daniel Quilp is just brilliantly conceived and very malevolent, though hugely entertaining. The main story of the Grandfather and little Nell is tragic and heart-rending, but there's a lot more besides which brings about some great twists and surprises along the way. Anton Lesser is brilliant throughout, particularly his Quilp

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Barnaby Rudge

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale half-wit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arrested as the leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. He is condemned to death on the gallows, but an upright locksmith named Gabriel Varden comes to his aid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Story good but recording faulty

  • By Tracy on 02-05-12

A clever, informative story, slow to get going

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Great narration by Simon Vance throughout and an entertaining and informative story. Some great satire, observations and philosophy and some tense, exciting action. Just takes a while to get going compared to some other Dickens stories

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 30 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't switch this one off!

  • By Richard on 25-02-13

I couldn't switch this one off!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-13

I suppose this must be my favourite Dickens story so far in as much as I'm surprised my earphones didn't need to be surgically removed by the end of the audio book. I just found the pace of the action more intense than David Copperfield, Great Expectations and The Pickwick Papers though I certainly loved them all. I think Dickens has created some of the nastiest and most irredeemable characters in Nicholas Nickleby, which really got my outraged juices flowing. I felt the relationship between Nicholas and Madeleine seemed to develop a bit quickly and perfunctorily, but I suppose there is only so much you can fit in without making the story too long. There were some great scenes and characters and I thought Simon Vance was a great narrator, his characterisations weren't quite up to the level of some of the most distinguished on Audible, but was still brilliant and I found his voice quality excellent, that could have been another reason for my not being able to switch him off. Thoroughly recommended

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Times

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book - wonderfully read

  • By Lipsticklula on 21-07-06

Hardly a barrel of laughs not surprisingly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-13

I really enjoyed this relatively short audio book. I thought it was quite an appropriate message for these times actually. So much of the intricacies and wonders of life are subjected to cold, logical calculations and reasoning, causing slight embarrassment should it slip that perhaps some of it might just be unexplainable or incalculable. Another brilliant reading by Martin Jarvis, with an abundance of amazing characterisations. What a talent he has for this!

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

'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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of books, the best of readers

  • By Mr David Newton on 17-11-07

Brutal and gripping story brilliantly narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-13

I listened to this straight after listening to Pickwick Papers (another great reading by David Timson) and you would hardly believe they were both written by the same author. As well as being a great story it was also a great education as to how things were at that time and encouraged me to do more research of the period. I am so impressed by the amazing talent of Martin Jarvis. I've listened to him read, or I should say perform, Hard Times and Great Expectations and he really makes it an experience to remember. I just can't work out how he does it, surely he doesn't just sit down and read it off live...there must be overdubs and editing surely?!...it's brilliant anyway!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surpassed my expectations

  • By Anonymous User on 21-12-09

Brilliant narration of a great classic story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-12

Brilliantly narrated by Martin Jarvis and very much enjoyed. I know it's a Dickens classic, but I've never read it or watched a dramatisation past the very opening grave yard scene, I didn't think it would appeal. There's a massive advantage for me in having the Dickens novels narrated. I could never bring the characters to life in the same way. The beauty of having the book narrated rather than a dramatised version is that you get to hear all the wonderful prose and don't miss out on any of the story.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Of all Charles Dickens' novels, this is perhaps the most revealing, both of Dickens himself and of the society of his time. It is little wonder that Dickens said of it, "of all my books I like this the best; like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long but enjoyable listen

  • By Tom on 07-11-08

Great narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-12

I wasn't sure whether i'd would enjoy this my first Audible, especially considering the length of the work! I have to say though I was so impressed by the way Frederick Davidson brought the book to life, I'll always remember his Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep! I did read a few chapters on my ereader, but always listened to the same passages afterwards to get Frederick Davidsons take on it. Great entertainment and thoroughly enjoyable!