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Little Dorrit | [Charles Dickens]

Little Dorrit

William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.
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Publisher's Summary

William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit".

The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives, and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall.

A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

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Public Domain (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

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    Reader 05-01-14
    Reader 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story and wonderful narrator."
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of Dickens over the last year, much of it narrated very well by Simon Vance. Decided to switch narrators and I loved Mr. Lesser also. Audible has a couple of versions of Little Dorrit, and this is the older, and longer one (which is why I chose it...). Who am I to say Dickens was a good writer, but Dickens was a good writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 06-28-13
    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 06-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great value in every way"

    I loved this long, long story, so well told both by Dickens and by Anton Lesser, perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Woonona, Australia 05-30-13
    David Woonona, Australia 05-30-13 Member Since 2012

    A lover of Classics, humorous literature, bizarre fantasy and crazed crime and Sci-fi.

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    "Charles Dickens: The Writer of Troubles"

    Little Dorrit is possibly one of Dickens' greatest stories encompassing the experience of a lifetime beset by poverty, riches and poverty again. It is also a story of betrayal, love and perfect charity.With such engaging characters as Amy Dorrit, Mr Pancks, Flora and Mr Flintwinch this story is a delight to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 05-09-12
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 05-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Vintage Dickens! Brilliant acting!"

    Some reviewers suggested that this isn't Dickens best novel. I won't argue the case of whether it is or is not his best, but Little Dorrit is essential Dickens reading. I rank it up there with the other classics - Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Dombey and Son, to name a few. There are many favorable points to be made about this story - the powerful characters, the intriguing plot, the depiction of society and poverty in this era and his biting satire on one government department, the British Treasury, depicted by Dickens as the fictional "Circumlocution Office" whose mission is "how not to do it".
    One other note - my headline for this review included "Brilliant acting" because it is unfair to describe Anton Lesser simply as a narrator. He is acting every part, no easy feat given the nature of Dickens characters. Lesser makes the story truly come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-21-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-21-12 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "INTOXICATING NARRATION OF GREAT STORY"

    Anton Lesser transforms narration into high art ! With this worthy vehicle for his talents. One of Dickens best novels, Little Dorrit is highly under-rated and one of his novels that asks for repeated listening s. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
    There is an excellent,and relatively new bbc production of little dorrit available on Itunes that is unusually good. because Its a mini-series, and not a movie, there is enough time to tell the whole story and stay true to the book. It is a very high- end production that not only has top notch casting and acting, but looks stunning! with great effort being given to replicate the period.
    If your interested in indulging in both the book and the mini-series- listen to the book first.

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    Margaret Alexandria, VA, USA 09-07-09
    Margaret Alexandria, VA, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Fetching"

    Certain readers get it exactly right - the timing, the pace, the voices. And Anton Lesser's reading of Little Dorrit is superb. The voices were authentic, engaging, and distinct. I'm queing up other books by this great interpreter.

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    Arbutus Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada 11-26-13
    Arbutus Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada 11-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Charles Dickens: a wonderful audio experience"
    Where does Little Dorrit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An excellent listening experience. Good performance and of course inimitable Dickens characters.


    What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why?

    Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend. If you love Dickens, and long well written novels, then Little Dorrit is great, although not as moving as David Copperfield.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

    Mr. Dorrit, the father, was particularly well realized by both the author and the performer.


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    Ashley Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
    Ashley Hebron, KY, United States 12-30-12
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    "Doormat alert"

    I generally like Dickens, and everybody needs to check out plenty of his stuff. But this is one of the bottom on my list. (Didn't care for Hard Times much, and D.Copperfield though classic wasn't my favorite. G. Expectations blah, though better with the original ending. I liked Bleak House and N Nickelby, though Tale of Two Cities can never be beaten.) Dorrit is a good story to know, but I do not believe this is the standard by which a good response to emotional abuse should be judged. Don't let this be your only Dickens.

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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-28-12
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Anton Lesser is a true actor."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because Anton Lesser's work deserves to be witnessed. The book is good, obviously. My interest in it was piqued by the BBC series recently aired on tv, but the book fills in a lot of gaps.


    What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is a HUGE array of characters and Anton brings EVERY ONE of them to life with an amazing instinct for accent and enunciation. Dickens is no easy task master, but Anton's unwavering dedication to utterly differing vocal strains was art at its best.


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

    The death scene of the brothers.


    Any additional comments?

    Dickens scares me a little with his power of portraying a flaky, babbling woman to such an extent.

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    Amazon Customer Lima, Ohio, United States 03-26-12
    Amazon Customer Lima, Ohio, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Read of Classic Dickens!"

    Little Dorrit may not be the first title to come to mind for many lovers of Charles Dickens’ work. Nevertheless, this book is a superior offering with a little of everything – romance, mystery, drama and adventure, all highlighting social plight, poverty, wealth, the frustration of endless bureaucracy, and the ability to filter out what is really important in our lives. All these themes resonate as deeply today as they did at the time Dickens wrote them. And although some may find this story a little more slowly developed than, say, Oliver Twist or Great Expectations, it is well-worth the listen.

    I am especially enthusiastically about this title due to Anton Lesser’s SUPERB reading of it. Mr. Lesser is a masterful narrator whose voice expertly captures all the male voices, including the wily quick-spoken Mr. Pancks, the irascible Flintwinch, the jovial and kind-hearted Mr. Meagles, and the earnest sincerity of Arthur Clennam. His female voices range from the shy and quietly gentle Little Dorrit, through the childlike outbursts of Maggie, to a tremendously amusing and breathless Flora! He gives just the right dramatic and comedic pauses, bringing the text marvelously alive to your imagination. Never have I heard a narrator capture ALL the voices, male and female, so richly and accurately and with such great acting skill. I cannot praise him highly enough!!

    This is a beautifully told story and one I will revisit. Please save one of your monthly credits back for this very worthwhile classic, brilliantly read by one of the finest audio talents of our time!

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  • Richard
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    11/10/13
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    "A good story with one particularly uncanny twist!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pancks. He had the courage to do the right thing and expose Casby for what he really was. Plus, he uncovered the Dorrit fortune...mind you that had it's draw backs!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The death and exposing of Mr. Merdle and his "Ponzy Scheme" way before Charles Ponzi was even born! I thought this was quite uncanny as we have just experienced something so similar in recent years


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

    When Little Dorrit seemed to lose the Father to his fortune and how she longed for the happier days in the Mashalsea


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration from Anton Lesser! Not my favourite Dickens novel, but a great story none the less.

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  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    10/24/13
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    "Not bored for a moment of this very big book"
    Where does Little Dorrit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Little Dorrit ranks TOP of the audiobooks I have listened to. Anton Lesser is a fabulous narrator, Dickens an exciting and passionate writer.


    What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to, and why?

    I have listened to several other Dickens works with Anton Lesser narrating. They are not repetitive but have the same pulsating energy.


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  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Beautifully read by Anton Lesser"

    You can't beat Charles Dickens for his story telling, but it makes all the difference when it is narrated by someone with the caliber of Anton Lesser. I have listened to this many times. It is one I will keep in my collection.

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  • Janet
    Aylesford, United Kingdom
    3/12/12
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    "Wonderfully amusing characters - Wonderfully read!"

    I wasn't sure I'd like to hear Anton Lesser reading the whole of Little Dorrit - he played Merdle in the TV series. But I was pleasantly surprised! He brings out all the amusing little nuances of Dickens' writing - and there are many - and helps make it easy to understand. I adore the story from having seen the TV series with Claire Foy and Matthew McFadyen. I've read many Dickens novels, but didn't like all of them - some are too depressing. But I'm thoroughly enjoying this one! It's not too much of a spoiler to say that some of the characters who start off in a London prison don't stay there. There are interesting travels in Switzerland and Italy as well, so don't be put off by some dismal (but amusingly described) scenery at the beginning. If you loved Ruth Jones as the garrulous Flora, you won't be disappointed by Lesser's characterisation - and Mr F's aunt! After a month I'm only three-quarters through the audio book having listened to it every night - you do get your money's worth! Well worth investing in, I'd say. Jackie.

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  • John
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    2/9/12
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    "A Tour de Force by Anton Lesser"

    Anyone struggling getting into Dickens should listen to this. Anton Lesser is amazing. He manages to give each character, and being Dickens there are lots, their own voice in the most 'natural' way. Nothing is forced. This is a wonderful book, made even more so by the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    12/5/11
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    "Best audio book so far"

    This is a real treat. By far the best audio book that I have listened to so far. One of the best novels from Dickens and outstanding characterisation from the narrator, Anton Lesser - highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    10/27/11
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    "excellent and excellently performed"

    excellent novel excellently performed by anton lessing I found myself rewinding and going over some of the best scenes over and over. Really brilliantly performed

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