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.
Public Domain (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks
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.
A lover of Classics, humorous literature, bizarre fantasy and crazed crime and Sci-fi.
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.
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.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
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.
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.
An excellent listening experience. Good performance and of course inimitable Dickens characters.
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.
Mr. Dorrit, the father, was particularly well realized by both the author and the performer.
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.
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.
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.
The death scene of the brothers.
Dickens scares me a little with his power of portraying a flaky, babbling woman to such an extent.
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!
"A good story with one particularly uncanny twist!"
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!
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
When Little Dorrit seemed to lose the Father to his fortune and how she longed for the happier days in the Mashalsea
Great narration from Anton Lesser! Not my favourite Dickens novel, but a great story none the less.
"Not bored for a moment of this very big book"
Little Dorrit ranks TOP of the audiobooks I have listened to. Anton Lesser is a fabulous narrator, Dickens an exciting and passionate writer.
I have listened to several other Dickens works with Anton Lesser narrating. They are not repetitive but have the same pulsating energy.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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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