Some reviewers suggested that this isn't Dickens best novel. I won't argue the case of whether it is or is not his best, but Little Dorrit is essential Dickens reading. I rank it up there with the other classics - Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Dombey and Son, to name a few. There are many favorable points to be made about this story - the powerful characters, the intriguing plot, the depiction of society and poverty in this era and his biting satire on one government department, the British Treasury, depicted by Dickens as the fictional "Circumlocution Office" whose mission is "how not to do it".
One other note - my headline for this review included "Brilliant acting" because it is unfair to describe Anton Lesser simply as a narrator. He is acting every part, no easy feat given the nature of Dickens characters. Lesser makes the story truly come to life.
I was disappointed with Little Dorrit; the book is not nearly as good as Bleak House or Our Mutual Friend. Dickens's writing is always at its weakest with his tiresomely good female characters. The plot is preposterous and a little dull.
Anton Lesser's performance is outstanding. He brings all the characters to life in their own voices and mannerisms; it's worth the price of the audiobook to hear his interpretation of Flora Finching.
A lover of Classics, humorous literature, bizarre fantasy and crazed crime and Sci-fi.
Little Dorrit is possibly one of Dickens' greatest stories encompassing the experience of a lifetime beset by poverty, riches and poverty again. It is also a story of betrayal, love and perfect charity.With such engaging characters as Amy Dorrit, Mr Pancks, Flora and Mr Flintwinch this story is a delight to listen to.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
Anton Lesser transforms narration into high art ! With this worthy vehicle for his talents. One of Dickens best novels, Little Dorrit is highly under-rated and one of his novels that asks for repeated listening s. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
There is an excellent,and relatively new bbc production of little dorrit available on Itunes that is unusually good. because Its a mini-series, and not a movie, there is enough time to tell the whole story and stay true to the book. It is a very high- end production that not only has top notch casting and acting, but looks stunning! with great effort being given to replicate the period.
If your interested in indulging in both the book and the mini-series- listen to the book first.
Certain readers get it exactly right - the timing, the pace, the voices. And Anton Lesser's reading of Little Dorrit is superb. The voices were authentic, engaging, and distinct. I'm queing up other books by this great interpreter.
Like many of Dickens' works I think it helps to listen at least twice to really understand what is going on.
This is a very long, but very engaging book. The plot is somewhat intricate and I did lose track a bit as I got distracted, but it didn't matter at all -- every conversation stands on its own and the language is breathtaking. The social commentary is so, so funny, and you wind up loving even the villains.
An excellent listening experience. Good performance and of course inimitable Dickens characters.
Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend. If you love Dickens, and long well written novels, then Little Dorrit is great, although not as moving as David Copperfield.
Mr. Dorrit, the father, was particularly well realized by both the author and the performer.
I generally like Dickens, and everybody needs to check out plenty of his stuff. But this is one of the bottom on my list. (Didn't care for Hard Times much, and D.Copperfield though classic wasn't my favorite. G. Expectations blah, though better with the original ending. I liked Bleak House and N Nickelby, though Tale of Two Cities can never be beaten.) Dorrit is a good story to know, but I do not believe this is the standard by which a good response to emotional abuse should be judged. Don't let this be your only Dickens.