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Dombey and Son

The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
Length: 41 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

Audible presents an original dramatisation of Charles Dickens' Dombey and Son, first published as Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation

A literary masterpiece in which Dickens' gift for vivid characterisation is at its best, this is the story of a powerful man whose inability to appreciate those around him leads to his lonely demise and, later, his possible redemption. 

This edition features an exclusive introduction written and narrated by John Mullan, professor of English at University College London. 

About the book: 

Paul Dombey, owner of the shipping company Dombey and Son, dreams of having a male heir to take on the family business. With only one daughter to speak of, his resentment grows and is often manifested through the neglectful if not abusive treatment of his wife, Fanny, and child, Florence. 

Following the long-awaited birth of a boy, Mr Dombey triumphantly throws himself into the care and education of his pride and joy, his son, Paul, indifferent to the death of his wife following an arduous labour. 

As his daughter grows in strength, beauty and kindness, his son's sickly disposition makes him weaker and weaker by the day. Despite the bond and friendship forged between the siblings, Mr Dombey continues to despise and resent Florence, and after a period of intended rest by the seaside, the family is once more rocked by a tragic death. 

A touching and unexpectedly uplifting story of change, forgiveness and familial love, Dombey and Son will keep you gripped, moved and wholly surprised until the end. 

About the author: 

With his father incarcerated, Charles Dickens had to abandon his studies at a young age and set to work in a factory so as to support himself. Despite his short-lived education, Dickens went on to write 15 novels, various articles, novellas and short stories. These include Hard Times, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities. He lectured and led campaigns for children's rights and education and arguably became the ultimate self-made man. 

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Dickens is Dickens; Owen Teale is brilliant

This is the second Audible Dickens Collection offering I've listened to, and I honestly didn't think it could possibly be as good as the first (Miriam Margolyes' superb reading of Bleak House). But if anything I've enjoyed it more. I wasn't familiar with the book and found it more interesting and more satisfying than I was expecting. And I haven't seen much of Owen Teale's work, so the range and depth of his performance was a revelation, and a very happy discovery. Of course, I'm now expecting great things from the rest of the series. There's plenty and then some to find fault with in Dickens, but to a skilled voice actor he is an absolute gift; they ought to be queueing up to get a piece of this Collection. Very good indeed.

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Pride against simplicity and love

A story needs perseverance to continue as it appears grey and Morgue like. The characters are all extremes which are difficult to believe. Gradually you get drawn into the humour hidden behind them. The length initially off putting finishes not wanting it to end. The narrator has incredible talent each voice different and memorable. I am sad to finish.

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Don't miss this one!

What a great story, fantastically read and performed. Characters so well described you can live with them, feel their joy, sorrow, dispair. I wanted to binge listen to this from beginning to end.

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Standout Performance by Teale

My first Audible and first Dickens and it’s set the bar pretty high! Eoin Teale’s performance really made it for me: completely bring the story to life. Great story too, if a little sentimental at some points. Would recommend.