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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!
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.
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...
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.
"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.
"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.
"Great team of Charles Dickens and Hugh Dickson"
Yes, there is so much depth to it and so many interesting characters
Esther, she is so good-natured and a friend to everyone
So many that it is impossible to choose one.
When Esther recovers from her illness to find that she is disfigured - from smallpox.
This is a very long audio book but Hugh Dickson breathes real life into all the various characters.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
The brilliant reading really brought this to life. An audible book read by an actor really adds to Dickens
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