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Bleak House | [Charles Dickens]

Bleak House

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.
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Publisher's Summary

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle.

Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

Secrets emerge, crimes are committed and love affairs bloom. But will anyone ever benefit from the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce?

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    Deborah 12-31-09
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    "Ideal as an audiobook"

    Dickens' novels are ideal as audiobooks -- with the right narrator. And this narrator is brilliant, bringing the large cast of characters to life, each with his or her own distinctive, appropriate, perfectly rendered voice. I have re-discovered Dickens since I joined audible.com, and I look forward to "reading" the next novel. They're all wise, witty, beautifully crafted stories that capture the age as well as tell the timeless truths of human nature.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John Manchester, CT, USA 07-19-09
    John Manchester, CT, USA 07-19-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Audio Theater"

    The book is a classic and Hugh Dickson does a wonderful job of it. I have not heard the others, but Hugh does not disappoint and its enjoyable the whole way through. It's a long journey, so choose wisely.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Farmington, UT, United States 08-16-10
    Corinne Farmington, UT, United States 08-16-10
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is brilliantly written. I can see why some say its Dickens best. Truly a masterpiece.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JDS 07-18-10
    JDS 07-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't go wrong"

    This reader brings the myriad characters/narrators in Bleak House to life. His rendering of their distinctive accents and intonations helps the listener follow the book's twists and turns of structure and plot.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie S 06-26-09
    Julie S 06-26-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration"

    Hugh Dickson does a fabulous job narrating this Dickens classic. Although I've read the book before, I picked up some additional nuances when listening to this audio version.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 05-02-12
    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Satirical, poignant, Dickens at his best!"

    I had low expectations of this book and was admittedly daunted by its size. Let me now say, it could be my favorite Dickens novel -- and it was worth every minute I invested in listening to it. The narrator was simply outstanding and the novel was absolutely brimming over with plot -- suspense, murder, mystery, romance, love, devotion, death, tragedy, treachery, humor, and of course, biting satire. There were scenes that made me laugh out loud and scenes that actually made me cry. There were countless unforgettable characters and some of the most touching relationships and dialogue I have ever read. For anyone who loves Dickens, this is vintage -- and the narration was simply perfect. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shari Hillsboro, OH, United States 04-09-10
    Shari Hillsboro, OH, United States 04-09-10
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    "My first Dickens experience"

    This was my first Dickens book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The reader was excellent, and did a great job differentiating between characters. What a great way to make a long commute enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peyton C. Lewis USA 09-17-10
    Peyton C. Lewis USA 09-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Enthralled"

    I've only listened to seven hours and I am so in awe of Hugh Dickson. Years ago I took a course on Dickens novels and I wish I had had this resource at that time. Amazing narrator!!!!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott B 03-03-10
    Scott B 03-03-10
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    "Variable sound level"

    From screaming lines to whispers. Volume leveling would have worked wonders to help the listener through the book. Good book and reader was good at acting each part but could not understand some words due to volume levels. I have the enhanced audio version so quality was highest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wulf Fremont, CA, USA 02-02-10
    Wulf Fremont, CA, USA 02-02-10
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    "five stars for Hugh Dickson's narration"

    Hugh Dickson's voice is so versatile. How he keeps the voice of each character, including every minor character straight is miracle. But each character shines through uniquely...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicola
    ascot, berks, United Kingdom
    10/17/10
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    "Classic audiobook"

    Charles Dickens what can one say - amazing number of characters, means you need to focus or rewind (which I did a lot). I enjoyed the book though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Whitstable, United Kingdom
    7/3/10
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    "An enchanting audio experience"

    This is a superb reading by Hugh Dickson. The character portrayal is staggeringly good, the dramatic passages are full of excitement and the emotion is sensitively expressed. I cannot praise this reading highly enough. It should not be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Chew
    Suffolk UK
    9/26/09
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    "A work of art"

    Whether you are a fan of Dickens or not the narrator of this audiobook really brings the story to life. His characterisations are amazing - almost like listening to a play with a cast of many. The story is in true Dickensian style, beautifully written, detailed, gentle and with eccentric characters and a gently winding plot.Truly excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Sidcup, United Kingdom
    12/18/13
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    "Great team of Charles Dickens and Hugh Dickson"
    Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much depth to it and so many interesting characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Esther, she is so good-natured and a friend to everyone


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many that it is impossible to choose one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Esther recovers from her illness to find that she is disfigured - from smallpox.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very long audio book but Hugh Dickson breathes real life into all the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Ireland
    12/4/13
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    "Brilliant story but too many deaths"

    This was a really great story but I felt that there were too many deaths. Did all those characters really HAVE to die. You were just beginning to like a character and then they were killed off. This was a very well told story and I will most likely listen to it again. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Cook
    4/13/13
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    "Great book made even better by fantastic reading"

    Bleak House is one of my favourite Dickens novels - so many great characters and so much complexity - so I am definitely prejudiced in its favour. I think that this reading is superb, however - a perfect example of how a book can be enhanced by hearing it out loud, even if you' ve already read it. The narrator is great at differentiating between characters and giving each a subtly different voice of their own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborahanne
    12/23/12
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    "Superb"

    Having enjoyed the BBC production of Bleak House we were keen to purchase the Audio Book read by Hugh Dickson. We have not been disapointed. A great story beautifully read and interpreted by the narrator has made it a joy to listen to. Thoroughly recommended to anyone looking for a good story well told! We enjoyed it so much that we have downloaded other Audio book Classics onto our Kindles and recommended them to our friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Windsor, United Kingdom
    2/7/12
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    "This has to be the best"

    I confess I was a bit daunted by this one as Bleak House is long and is very complex, -but I was hooked in a moment, Dickens is such a pleasure, there is so much going on and it was very easy to follow. the descriptions were unbeatable and had me hanging on every word.
    It is a great tale of intertwined lives and the whole sorry state of the legal system.
    Great stuff....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kerrymay
    Emsworth
    11/4/11
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    "Mesmerising"

    The brilliant reading really brought this to life. An audible book read by an actor really adds to Dickens

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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