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Summary

Charles Dickens' classic novel stars Alex Jennings as Charles Dickens and Pauline Quirke as Mrs Boffin. Adapted by Mike Walker. Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance. But he finds he is only eligible if he marries Bella Wilfer. To observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens' last complete novel and is a satiric masterpiece about money. This complete Woman's Hour Drama, which contains all 20 episodes, was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.

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Great Story

Love this adaptation. Watched on Tv didn't think it could get any better but it has.

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A beautifully flowing adaptation

A wonderfully cast adaptation of the book which makes the amazing variety of characters come alive.

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Clever adaptation

Brilliantly done. Love the dialogue between the narrator and the listener. Very good acting. Have listened to it twice now.

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Well worth the listen

I would very much recommend this book. Loved the story and performance. Kept me interested every minute if the story.

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Great cast but the plot has been butchered

Our Mutual Friend is my favourite Dickens novel so I'm horrified by the liberties the adaptor has taken with the plot. Some quite major changes have been made. This BBC version is nowhere near as good as the 1984 one starring Michael Kitchen and Simon Cadell, unfortunately.not available on Audible.

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I thought it was an audiobook :(

I thought it was an audiobook :( But it was nice to listen to anyway. Pauline was very good.

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Wonderful performances but unimaginative music.

I hate to be negative because the high quality of the acting was hurt by the utter poverty of the music. The low register of the clarinet is effective in inverse proportion to amount of its use. Here it became an utter caricature of itself. “Oh lord, here it is again.” Why not a cello or something else. Why not an interesting combination of sounds? What a shame.