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.
Yes, because Anton Lesser's work deserves to be witnessed. The book is good, obviously. My interest in it was piqued by the BBC series recently aired on tv, but the book fills in a lot of gaps.
There is a HUGE array of characters and Anton brings EVERY ONE of them to life with an amazing instinct for accent and enunciation. Dickens is no easy task master, but Anton's unwavering dedication to utterly differing vocal strains was art at its best.
The death scene of the brothers.
Dickens scares me a little with his power of portraying a flaky, babbling woman to such an extent.
Little Dorrit may not be the first title to come to mind for many lovers of Charles Dickens’ work. Nevertheless, this book is a superior offering with a little of everything – romance, mystery, drama and adventure, all highlighting social plight, poverty, wealth, the frustration of endless bureaucracy, and the ability to filter out what is really important in our lives. All these themes resonate as deeply today as they did at the time Dickens wrote them. And although some may find this story a little more slowly developed than, say, Oliver Twist or Great Expectations, it is well-worth the listen.
I am especially enthusiastically about this title due to Anton Lesser’s SUPERB reading of it. Mr. Lesser is a masterful narrator whose voice expertly captures all the male voices, including the wily quick-spoken Mr. Pancks, the irascible Flintwinch, the jovial and kind-hearted Mr. Meagles, and the earnest sincerity of Arthur Clennam. His female voices range from the shy and quietly gentle Little Dorrit, through the childlike outbursts of Maggie, to a tremendously amusing and breathless Flora! He gives just the right dramatic and comedic pauses, bringing the text marvelously alive to your imagination. Never have I heard a narrator capture ALL the voices, male and female, so richly and accurately and with such great acting skill. I cannot praise him highly enough!!
This is a beautifully told story and one I will revisit. Please save one of your monthly credits back for this very worthwhile classic, brilliantly read by one of the finest audio talents of our time!
I have always had a love/hate relationship with Charles Dickens, and this audioook has swung me back to love. A treasure.
I will definitely be seeking other Dickens titles and works by the same narrator.
This book is the BEST type of satirical. Its heart-warming, hilarious, compassionate and astute.
Anton Lesser really does justice to a world of characters. You completely forget that the narrator is male, one person...etc. Dickens is hard work and I give him full credit - an excellent job!
This is Charles Dickens at his best. What a lovely story, memorable characters, and fulsome plot! You simply must read this book, and the narration is superb.
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Anton Lesser has a magical penetrating voice and amazing ability to create a 'theater' for his listeners. I am simply amazed at the skill. He is my new favorite narrator.
This is the 5th Dickens book I have listened to and the only one I haven't liked. The narrator is very good as stated by the other reviewers. However, parts of the book tend to go on and on, and if I were reading the book, I would be skipping many pages. I think he tries too hard to make his point about the issues he is parodying.
Anton Lesser was great. But Charles Dickens sure knows how to talk around the subject and hardly ever get to the point of the subject or name of the person who is being talked about. As a listener you have to guess allot. The best part is when Amy talks. She is strait forward and understandable. All the other adults talk in circles. What 1-5 words would all be necessary, it seems 15-30 words were used. I suppose it's the way the rich talked in those days. But it's hard to follow. If someone talked to me that way, I'd get board and walk away or I'd say; get to the point and stop talking in riddles. Different conversations come and go and it's hard to follow the direction of the story. I tend to only follow the parts when they stop talking in circles.