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Bleak House | [Charles Dickens]

Bleak House

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.
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A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-04-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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    "Bleak, but Still True and Just Read It."

    If you want to read something slightly depressingly foggy and bleak, with some sides of very interesting people and their stories, with some death and even a surprising murder with a cool detective story built in, and some really funny moments,but also mingled with the oppression and misunderstanding of the law, and debt, and misery, and crooks, and lawyers, and those people who cause lawyers to exist in the first place, then please, be my guest and read Bleak House, but do it with a book, with the original illustrations. It will be so much more fun. I usually say classics are better encountered in audio as we haven't changed the way we talk that much. But with Dickens, something is just over the top with the audio word. So, I say skip this audio (nothing against the narrator either) and just read it.

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    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 12-31-13
    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "How does Dickens Write Like this?"
    Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

    There are so many plot lines that you are bound to miss something the first time through. I would definitely listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To be honest the story lines are great but what I like best is simply how Dickens writes. The turn of phrase and the easy descriptions -- detailed but never tedious. Dickens is definitely on my top 5 of people I would want to sit down with and just know -- how did you do it?


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to these two before, but they were perfect for the parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. It has it all -- murder mystery, romance, crime, and social commentary. Well worth the listen.

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    Joy Roca, NE, United States 11-07-13
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    "The best Dickens ever!"
    What did you love best about Bleak House?

    One of the best stories and commentaries on law, poverty, and a life well-lived I have ever read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Either Mr. Tulkinghorn, Joe, or Esther (all for different reasons).


    What does Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They're both great. They bring the characters to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, cry, all of the above.


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    Conor Newton, MA, United States 06-09-13
    Conor Newton, MA, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A new art form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely terrific. Not only is it a great story but the narration with dozens of different voices is like listening to a play. Except the play goes on for days, so by the end the characters are unforgettable and will stay in memory for a lifetime. Bravo to the actors!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intricate plot, the way people put together such complex sentences back then.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

    Grandpa Smallweed was a complete hoot.
    The voice of George was perfect.
    A young man named Guppy was also spot on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    After listening to it for the three weeks, I went right back to the beginning and listened all over again. What a classic.


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    Lucy 05-23-13
    Lucy 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great reading of a fabulous story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bleak House to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but the good performances certainly enhanced and provided an excellent reading of a fantastic story.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

    Teresa Gallagher's performance was lovely. Her voice is so melodic and her children's voices are just lovely. I especially loved Charley. And Sean Barrett was a perfect counterpoint to Ms Gallagher's voice. His dour British accent was exquistely, well, Dickenisian.


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