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
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.
I was disappointed with Little Dorrit; the book is not nearly as good as Bleak House or Our Mutual Friend. Dickens's writing is always at its weakest with his tiresomely good female characters. The plot is preposterous and a little dull.
Anton Lesser's performance is outstanding. He brings all the characters to life in their own voices and mannerisms; it's worth the price of the audiobook to hear his interpretation of Flora Finching.
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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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.
Like many of Dickens' works I think it helps to listen at least twice to really understand what is going on.
This is a very long, but very engaging book. The plot is somewhat intricate and I did lose track a bit as I got distracted, but it didn't matter at all -- every conversation stands on its own and the language is breathtaking. The social commentary is so, so funny, and you wind up loving even the villains.
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.
"A Dickensian masterpiece"
Anton Lesser narrates with great skill making the story so alive
Dickens has written so many wonderful tales and I would recommend this to all
"A lengthy epic - but excellent listening"
Great narration which adds light and colour to this epic rags to riches story, based around the infamous Marshalsea debtor prison in London.
I have already listened to Little Dorrit twice and will wait awhile to listen to it again. I loved it. Charles Dickens has such a way of transporting one into each character and not letting go. So atmospheric, I could smell and taste the debtors prison, it was that good. Highly recommended.
I have not listened to any other of Anton Lessor's performances, but will certainly look out for them.
It was far too long to listen to in one sitting, but yes, I could have done so.
"A Story well told"
The rendition of the book was excellent. The characters came to life in the readers hands. It is a long convoluted tale with a myriad of characters, yet the reader never faltered in his telling. I would recommend him very highly.
"Fabulous story and beautifully read"
One of the best. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you have never listened to any Dickens then start with this, it is such a good story.
The characters are wonderful, there is plenty of plot plus some romantic interest
No, but he is without doubt the best narrator I have ever heard and I will look out for more
"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.
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