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Our Mutual Friend

Narrated by: Grainne Regan
Length: 35 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, "Our Mutual Friend" revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap's expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights "Noddy" Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes "the Golden Dustman."

Charles Dickens's last complete novel, "Our Mutual Friend" encompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it. With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots, "Our Mutual Friend" is one of Dickens's most complex - and satisfying - novels.

©2018 Charles Dickens (P)2018 FrontPage Publishing

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Excellent!

Well, ok, five out of five might be a bit gushing, but I really enjoyed the whole experience. I am fond of Dickens, although he has his faults, one of them being a tendency to 'pot-boil', bulking out some of the chapters to meet his fortnightly quota. This is most notable in David Copperfield. But his characterisation is peerless, and Our Mutual Friend is one of his best and most mature works.

Grainne Regan has a wonderful lilting speaking voice; she does the different characters well, and there were only one or two wobbles in pronunciation near the beginning, the most notable being Southwark Bridge which should be pronounced 'Suth'ark', not South Wark ... That apart, an excellent performance.

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  • Corinne Srsen
  • 09-02-19

Didn't finish this one.

Gave it a real try, but in the end I couldn't get into the story. The characters and storyline were difficult to follow. Although written by Dickens, I was disappointed. I think they really were paid by the word not the works.

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  • Whyn's Mama
  • 05-02-19

Charles Dickens at his best!

A fine story to occupy your mind. Mr. Dickens uses his writing to scourge the classes of the 19th century, bring London to life and teach all a life lesson. Grinned Regal did an excellent job of narrating and creating character voices! Bravo!