We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Dombey and Son | [Charles Dickens]

Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.
Regular Price:$48.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Public Domain (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (124 )
5 star
 (80)
4 star
 (36)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.5 (115 )
5 star
 (71)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.7 (117 )
5 star
 (95)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Reademandweep 03-18-12 Member Since 2014

    and a penny for your thoughts

    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Grammy Worthy Narration"
    Where does Dombey and Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have enjoyed. This was a Dickens book I've meant to read for years but not had the time. Thanks to audible, I was able to enjoy this during a recent bout of the flue. Great characters, interesting story and funny. Many times I laughed out loud. David Timson gets most of the credit for this as his narration was big part of the enjoyment of this book. It's not fair perhaps but I expect Charles Dickens to be extra ordinary. Finding a reader equal to him is a surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dombey and Son?

    Mr. Toots is was, for me perhaps the loveliest character and best developed narration. Absolutely brilliant, funny, touching.


    What about David Timson’s performance did you like?

    David Timson makes Charles Dickens come alive. His acting skills rank at the top of the A-list.


    Any additional comments?

    For classics, good narration isn't enough. David Timson is to reading what Charles Dickens is for writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-02-12
    Linda Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-02-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Masterful performance"

    David Timson never fails to deliver, whatever he narrates, but his genius and versatility are best displayed in Dickens's novels, with their great variety of unique and eccentric characters. Timson seems to know these people as intimately as Dickens did, and in Timson's voice, they come vividly to life, each with his or her own highly individual vocal tics. At the same time, Timson has a keen sense of what the narrator is really saying, and how it should be said, from the slyly sarcastic to the genuinely poignant.

    While Dombey and Son is considered by some as being among the "lesser" of Dickens's novels (due, perhaps, to the premature death of an important character and the necessity of contriving a plot thereafter), it is nonetheless filled with the rich characterizations, astute humor, and just plain beautiful writing that earn him a place among the greatest of English novelists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lene M. Jaqua 10-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Love Greek philosophy and drama. Love 19th century British lit, trying to understand medieval allegory- commuter listener

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Dombey and Son the most enjoyable?

    The reader had an amazing variety of voices, he kept them clear from each other, and it was easy to hear when a character entered stage and began speaking even if the character was not introduced. His women character did not have high pitched squeaky toy voices like many male readers' voices do, and finally, his old lady cackle was an absolute joy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dombey and Son?

    I can't think of a particulat moment, it was more so the whole piece. Dombey and Son was an emotional piece of tension between a girl longing to be loved by her father and the father who was always looking for something other than what he had. The reactions of the characters were believable. This seems to be one of Dickens' more mature works.


    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

    David Timson may well be my favorite reader so far on Audible. I loved Edith's mother, the spoiled, seductive, overly made up middle aged scheming mercenary woman who just was looking to get her daughter married. She along with the cackling old lady with the ruined daughter Alice were contrasted by their status in society. Both were scheming and using their daughters to acquire money, one high class, the other low class, but basically the same means, and David Timson did a marvelous job with the voices of both. I am just so amazed as how he kept the cackle and hoarse throated voice of the poverty stricken old mother intact whenever she spoke.


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

    I am not good with 'moments'. I tend to be a global reader looking for global impressions. This book was good, SUPER WELL read, and exciting in particular because I did not know the story line (which is not often the case for me with the classics), so I was longing to get from moment to moment just in excitement for what happened next. Dickens is a superb writer and with David Timon's superb reading of the piece it was a joy to follow this book on my commutes for the past 2 months.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I would mention that is not favorable is perhaps that the ending felts too predictable and just kind of 'OK it's time to wrap this up', so the lost characters return with a quick story of how they managed to return. I felt like the drama of Edith running and Carker (I don't know how to spell his name since I was listening and not reading) the office manager ran, and it was exciting when Carker was chased by Dombey, but then after that, everything just wrapped up quickly. I would have liked to hear more about how Edith survived (and a bit more justification for why she no longer wants to see Florence). I would have liked to have followed more of Walter's voyage when he was shipwrecked, to say nothing of Uncle Sol's voyage while he was looking for Walter. So the ending was perhaps not disappointing, but not as satisfying as, for example, Bleak House's ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    arthur Arlington, Virginia, United States 01-26-14
    arthur Arlington, Virginia, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great narration enhances a great story."
    What did you love best about Dombey and Son?

    David Timson's narration, which includes the voices of the numerous characters, each with their own highly distinct manners, is fabulous and really words to make a great story engrossing to listen to!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 12-30-13
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 12-30-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    64
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Dickens Classic that will not disappoint"

    This is a gem of a novel and in my opinion one of Dickens top 5 novels. For those who enjoy Dickens it has it has all the classic characters from a evil school master Mrs. Pipchin, to a underhanded business manager Mr. Carker who Dombey trusts. A maligned daughter Florence and a second wife Edith who stands up for herself. Although it is Dombey and Son it is more about the women who make up the main characters who stand up to Dombey, or aid him. I recommend this especially for women. The narration is also terrific by Timson. I would look for his work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 06-04-13
    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of his best!"
    If you could sum up Dombey and Son in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult, memorable and bittersweet


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

    The ending. I am not one that cries but I did. I think about this book and ending a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Colin San Francisco, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Colin San Francisco, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    56
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome"

    Just when you think you've found your favorite narrator, you stumble upon another who is equally amazing. Timson brings it all to life. I haven't read all of Charles Dickens's books (at least in unabridged versions), but I've read many of them, and while I love them all this one is the best yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Sonoma, CA, United States 05-19-12
    Daniel Sonoma, CA, United States 05-19-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    71
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Reader"

    Of course, every book has a certain mood or flavor. David Timson was the perfect fit...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 01-24-12
    Pierre Gauthier Montréal 01-24-12 Listener Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    59
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If You Have a Lot of Time on your Hands"

    As in some other Dickens novels, ???Dombey and Son??? starts off well but seems to run out of steam about one quarter of the way through. Tongue in cheek humour gives way to long-winded descriptions and watered-down dialogues. Major characters disappear and plot development slows down to snail???s pace.

    Things do pick up about three quarters of the way into the book (and some characters reappear!). Yet, one can only consider that such literature is the 19th century equivalent of soap operas.

    To those still interested in this work, I recommend listening to it part by part with other works thrown in between each in order to provide some relief.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-19 of 19 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.