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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There are so many plot lines that you are bound to miss something the first time through. I would definitely listen again.
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?
I haven't listened to these two before, but they were perfect for the parts.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. It has it all -- murder mystery, romance, crime, and social commentary. Well worth the listen.
One of the best stories and commentaries on law, poverty, and a life well-lived I have ever read.
Either Mr. Tulkinghorn, Joe, or Esther (all for different reasons).
They're both great. They bring the characters to life.
Laugh, cry, all of the above.
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!
Intricate plot, the way people put together such complex sentences back then.
Grandpa Smallweed was a complete hoot.
The voice of George was perfect.
A young man named Guppy was also spot on.
After listening to it for the three weeks, I went right back to the beginning and listened all over again. What a classic.
Not better, but the good performances certainly enhanced and provided an excellent reading of a fantastic story.
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.
"The Ultimate Dickens Audiobook"
I struggle to imagine a better audiobook. Firstly, it's a great novel by Dickens and has two fantastic narrators. I don't see how Bleak House can be satisfactorily read by one reader now I've heard this version. Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher reading Esther Summerson's narrative are both superb. I looked forward to my daily commute eagerly and felt rather bereft when it was over. Sean Barrett is a master of characterisation, not putting a foot wrong throughout the story. His Joe the Crossing Sweeper is a particular highlight!
"One of the finest versions of any Dickens novels"
This version of Bleak House is undoubtedly one of the best Dickens or for that matter any audio books I have listened to, the two narrators pace the book and give the characters a depth that is so often missed in lesser adaptions, if you have wondered what all the fuss is about Dickens then this is the place to start,
"Now I know what the reviews were talking about...."
I was looking for reviews of dickens's work to help me to decide what to listen to. The reviews spoke of how good the narrators are, which was the selling point for me. I could not be more delighted. Seriously, I thought it was going to be hard-going, but Teresa Gallagher in particular has drawn me right in. If you are thinking about this, just don't hesitate. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough.
"Very fine readings"
Sean Barrett is never less than brilliant but Teresa Gallagher's performance here needs real praise too. Esther's character and her part of the narrative can seem precious to some, but the way in which Gallagher matches Barret's vigour as a caricaturist and yet keeps us anchored in Esther's world view is a challenge that is much harder to achieve or sustain; Gallagher manages to do both, and you end up realising just how rich and subversive Dickens use of this narrator is.
"A literary delight."
It is a brilliant expose of Victorian social life which touches raw human emotions.
The death of Jo.
A masterpiece of narration. Sean and Teresa complement each other and give added depth to the story. They both excel themselves. The range of voices used by both is amazing, bringing the characters to life.
The death of Jo. Sean's reading combined with Dickens's empathetic narration was a very emotional experience which moved me to tears.
An outstanding rendition of this monumental drama. High praise to Sean and Teresa!
This is the first time I have "read" Dickens, having seen oh so many adaptations, and it was a revelation. I was so surprised by how funny his writing is and all the little touches that truly bring the story and charaters to life. As for this adaptation, it is, quite simply, spellbinding. The use of two narrators really brought the story to life and both were exceptional. I have eulogised about this to my wife who now wants to listen and I would be very happy to listen to this time and again. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
I'm a fan of classics and, in most cases, know what I'm in for when I begin a book. Nevertheless, I almost always enjoy them, and this was the case with Bleak House. Among other things it's always interesting to compare TV versions of the stories with the books, and in this case the TV version is pretty true to the book. When buying a book I consider listening to the samples important because the narrators can make a huge difference to the listening experience. In this case, they were excellent. I always listen to the classics in their unabridged form even though some authors, particulary Dickens, can be a bit long-winded - this is something anyone considering this book should take into account.
Sean Barrett's reading of little Joe's demise had me weeping so much I couldn't listen again until 24 hours had passed!
Sean was incredible, Teresa was fine, and Dicken's prose was incomparable!
Can't recommend it more highly.
"Completely draws you in."
I love Dickens however with Bleak House I had struggled to get into it.... but with the amazing voices of Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallaghher I found I was right there...in the foggy streets of London feeling angry with the court system. As usual the Dicken's characters are diverse and vivid. They make you laugh, move you, anger you or inspire you alternately.
(One warning though...if you don't like 'too good' characters and get annoyed by that then you may find Esther, the heroine, hard to swallow. If you have read ' Little Dorrit' and found Amy irritating then it may be a similar scenario for you here. Personally I really like Esther and, if she is too good to be true, I don't mind...it is a story after all. )
I enjoyed this audiobook so much I'm listening to it again even though I only just finished it....there is so much detail, so much sly humour that I keep finding things I missed the first time around.
A very good buy.
"Well worth listening to"
This was my first purchase from audible and it was certainly value for money. Brilliantly read and thoroughly compelling. For any Dickens fan this is well worth a listen.
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