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Bleak House Audiobook

Bleak House

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-01-13
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    "Dickens Classic-One of my top three Dickens books"

    Other reviewers talk about the narration and I agree the dual narration is the key to this book as there are many female parts and a male only would hurt the story. There are several Esther Summerson narrations in the book and in my opinion can only be done with a female voice. This is a character driven novel galore with Tulkinghorn, Mr. Guppy, Skimpole, Mr Snagsby, Smallweed, I don't know nothing Jo, It is a classic like Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. I saw the two BBC TV series on Bleak House, but the 1985 follows the book more.
    If you are a Dickens fan then this book will not disappoint. Bleak House was anything else but beak to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Washington, DC, United States 10-23-12
    Kate Washington, DC, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Two actors made it sound like 30 characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook was unbelievable. I got it on the recommendation of another Audible patron who wrote about the two people reading the book. They didn't just read, they created at least 30 characters with accents and personality quirks. It was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way I could do that!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Arenas Valley, NM, United States 06-18-12
    Ann Arenas Valley, NM, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Moved to Utah , beautiful state.

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    "Dark and wonderful"
    Where does Bleak House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    not first, but I'm a Dickens fan, so it's up there. I don't buy book I don't like!


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

    Love their voices and gravity of the content.


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

    Sad commentary on the legal system, then and now.


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    E. LaMaster 01-01-17
    E. LaMaster 01-01-17
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    "creative voices bring story to life"

    By having two narrators this version is creative and intresting. By having a nan and a woman doing the reading, the different voices they use brings the story to life.

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    SSP 12-24-16
    SSP 12-24-16
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    "Dickens at his best"

    Excellent performance with easy recognition of the many characters and some truly moving scenes.
    Some expectedly extreme characters but by far the majority of the characters portray thoughts and emotions that readers can relate to despite the historical period of the book.

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    Stefan 12-12-16
    Stefan 12-12-16
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    "Good performances"

    Both readers did a nice job. Almost like listening to a play with two actors performing all roles--and a terrific value add over simply reading the text yourself. Another Audible win.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-16
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    "Not working"

    Doesn't work on my kindle fire 10 hd. Can't skip ahead to where I am in the book. It starts T the beginning and won't let me move to where I am or sync with the ebook like it is supposed to. If I try to skip forward it prompts me to leave a review every time, and then bring the book back to the beginning… Super fun when I'm just trying to listen to the damn book.

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    Sharey 08-25-16
    Sharey 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not My Favorite Dickens"

    I am a big Dickens fan but not of this one. It started out okay but soon became very tedious and I found myself bored and my mind wandering. I think Dickens' strength is writing about the underclass from a male point of view. This was neither and though the writing itself is always good, this story failed.

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    DickensianKnitter 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo for the dual narration!"

    Bleak House is one of my all-time favorite books. I think it should be required reading for everyone. I've read it multiple times and have just now completed my second full listen. Having listened to an excellent audio version by Simon Vance, whose narration is superb, I am of the opinion that this one surpasses even his mastery. Both voices are immaculate. The narrator who does Esther is my favorite--she's utterly perfect for the role. Dickens broke new grounds of creativity in dividing his masterwork into two narrative strands that weave intricately together to form one tale in its entirety. Both narratives are so intentionally distinctive, a necessary facet of the novel (I won't say more so I don't give anything away), that having two narrators read them is nothing short of brilliance. Listen to this version of Bleak House with my wholehearted recommendation!

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    Kurt M. Douglass 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb narration, long novel"

    The versatility of the narrators is incredible. They do so many different voices and accents it often fells like there is a full cast. It is probably the best audiobook I've ever heard. The story itself was good, but it was too long and sometimes confusing. I am a Dickens fan, but this novel wasn't as engaging as his others.

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  • Matthew
    12/23/16
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    "A classic beautifully delivered."

    The merits of Bleak House as a novel are well documented and I have nothing to add. The narration however is less widely discussed. Both narrators deliver beautifully nuanced and rounded characterisations. Where there is two narrators/readers interpreting the same characters there will always be some slight issues of consistency but very minor ones in this case. I recommend to anyone who loves the classics.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    12/21/16
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    "LOVED IT!"

    I have not, historically, been the biggest fan of Dickens, but I think that this audio book might have changed all that! Superbly read by Teresa Gallagher and, the incomparable, Sean Barrett.
    Altogether a perfect experience! It is a very long book, but, in the end, all it seemed was far too short!

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  • Amazon Customer
    12/7/16
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    "A great story"

    loved it , couldn't wait to get to the big moment , to find out what happened to all the parties involved , the ups and downs , not predictable

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  • Rosalie
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    12/3/16
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    "Highly recommended."

    Bleak House is one of my favourite books and a few years ago I got the audiobook narrated by Hugh Dickson. This version is so much better. Having two narrators works so well for this particular text and the narrators are excellent.

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  • JV
    11/17/16
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    "Quite superb - the book and the narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most 5 star reviewers have said it all. The language is evocative from the opening foggy London and throughout.
    The huge range of characters is brilliantly drawn. I was moved between fascination, laughing out loud, tears and, finally, the storylines are exciting and unexpected.
    Both Sean Barrett and Theresa Gallagher surpass themselves.
    One of my favourite books of all time. Hitherto the favourite was Anna Karenina but now I am not so sure. This was spellbinding.


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  • davybush
    10/6/16
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    "Complex Plot ...so stay alert!"

    Good novel but it is read by two different voices . One excellent the other not so. I will leave the listener decide.

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/6/16
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    "Absolutely fantastic"

    Fantastic story, it was over too soon!
    Also brilliant job by both narrators, a lot of talent there, really brought the story to life! I highly recommend.

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  • Patricia
    norfolk, United Kingdom
    2/20/16
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    "A Reading Spolied"
    Any additional comments?

    Dicken's Bleak House is beautifully read, and the story brought to life by Gallagher and Barrett, but the editing of the book into separate parts by Audible lets them down very badly. Parts even end mid scene, almost mid paragraph. Do the sound engineers have access to a written text? Do they even listen to what they are editing?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Axminster, United Kingdom
    12/5/15
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    "A Timeless Story Billiantly Narrated"
    If you could sum up Bleak House in three words, what would they be?

    As relevant now as when first written. Well meaning people trying to save the poor and needy in the rest of the world while ignoring the deserving but unattractive poor in their own country


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Allan Woodcourt for his compassion and generousity


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

    No but intend to in the future - have they done any other Dickens titles?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Have always read Dickens as a duty this Audible edition has made it a pleasure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Kitson
    UK
    12/1/15
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    "A classic story, narrated excellently"
    If you could sum up Bleak House in three words, what would they be?

    Romance, intrigue, mystery


    What other book might you compare Bleak House to, and why?

    Most other Dickens, but also early detective fiction such as Moonstone


    What about Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher ’s performance did you like?

    Both had excellent narration, their range of voices complemented each other, even when they were speaking as the same character.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    romance, mystery, intrigue


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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