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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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    Sally United States 03-01-12
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    "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I have always had a love/hate relationship with Charles Dickens, and this audioook has swung me back to love. A treasure.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I will definitely be seeking other Dickens titles and works by the same narrator.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    This book is the BEST type of satirical. Its heart-warming, hilarious, compassionate and astute.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Anton Lesser really does justice to a world of characters. You completely forget that the narrator is male, one person...etc. Dickens is hard work and I give him full credit - an excellent job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 09-21-11
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 09-21-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderful, wonderful!"

    This is Charles Dickens at his best. What a lovely story, memorable characters, and fulsome plot! You simply must read this book, and the narration is superb.

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    M Kaner Minneapolis, Minnesota 06-20-11
    M Kaner Minneapolis, Minnesota 06-20-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Beatiful reading"

    Anton Lesser has a magical penetrating voice and amazing ability to create a 'theater' for his listeners. I am simply amazed at the skill. He is my new favorite narrator.

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    Leigh Smith 04-29-09
    Leigh Smith 04-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    "My Least Favorite Dickens"

    This is the 5th Dickens book I have listened to and the only one I haven't liked. The narrator is very good as stated by the other reviewers. However, parts of the book tend to go on and on, and if I were reading the book, I would be skipping many pages. I think he tries too hard to make his point about the issues he is parodying.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doug everett, WA, USA 11-19-09
    Doug everett, WA, USA 11-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Little Dorrit Narrated byAnton Lesser"

    Anton Lesser was great. But Charles Dickens sure knows how to talk around the subject and hardly ever get to the point of the subject or name of the person who is being talked about. As a listener you have to guess allot. The best part is when Amy talks. She is strait forward and understandable. All the other adults talk in circles. What 1-5 words would all be necessary, it seems 15-30 words were used. I suppose it's the way the rich talked in those days. But it's hard to follow. If someone talked to me that way, I'd get board and walk away or I'd say; get to the point and stop talking in riddles. Different conversations come and go and it's hard to follow the direction of the story. I tend to only follow the parts when they stop talking in circles.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • Heather
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    1/8/09
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    "High Recommended"

    It may not be one of Charles Dickens?s best known books but I would thoroughly recommend it, especially if you like thumping great Victorian novels! However it wouldn?t be half as good without the narration by Anton Lesser. Every character is given their own voice, making them instantly recognizable and the plot that much easier to follow. And some of them are very funny and so cleverly done. Altogether this book is a joy.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Rosalind
    Ely, United Kingdom
    6/20/09
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    "little dorrit, narrated by Anton Lesser"

    Wonderful reading by Anton Lesser, sensitive and insightful characterisation - a gripping tale to be revisited often.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/9/09
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"

    Superb reading by Anton Lesser, with a distinct voice for each character, bringing them all very much to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anna HG
    9/22/11
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    "A Great Introduction To Dickens..."

    Having reached that stage in my life when I feel I ought to have done certain things, one of those things was to read some Dickens! OK, so an audible book is not quite "reading" it, but I won't tell if you won't.
    I have to say I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED this book!
    Dickens was a fabulous writer and paints wonderful portraits of society in his time, littered with amazing characters that are totally brought to life through description and analogy (Mr Panks - what a masterpiece!).
    My enjoyment of this book was probably due to a great extent to the wonderful narration by Anton Lesser - he reads so fluidly and his emphasis is spot on. He engages different voices for each of the characters - even the ladies, which are just as good as the men, none of these thin, reedy voices employed by some of his peers!
    I absolutely recommend this book for Dickens Novices - it has it all: characters, storyline, descriptive... and is not so long-winded that you lose interest!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    LancasterUnited Kingdom
    2/3/11
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    "Anton Lesser is a genius"

    The narration of Anton Lesser brings this marvellous book to life. Dickens' own early experience of debtor's prison makes this one f his most moving and interesting works, and the fabulous Anton Lesser plays a cast of dozens, giving even the most minor character a distinctive voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    BEVERLEY, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
    9/10/09
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    "Truly Sublime!!"

    My first audiobook and every time I treat myself to a listen, I end up grinning from ear to ear. Mr.Lesser does a fantastic job of bringing all the wonderful characters so vividly to life. Hilarious and heart-breaking in turn, this is a masterpiece given a masterful treatment. Highly recommended,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Nottingham, Notts, United Kingdom
    5/18/09
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    "Excellant Audiobook"

    Anton Lesser reads this book beautifully. Because Dickens novels are filled with so many varied characters it is crucial to have it narrated well or you get 'lost' whilst listening. He breathed life into them all and made it such an enjoyable experience. Well worth the money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Rennes le Chateau, France
    6/7/12
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    "Anton Lesser superb"

    Having listened to this story brought vividly to life by the superb Anton Lesser, I feel I have only now "got" Dickens (and that's after studying him for A level, admittedly many years ago). I simply had no idea he was so funny! Anton Lesser's characterizations are perfect and his delivery of Flora's rambling speeches made me laugh out loud. This was my first Dickens audiobook and I am sure that I got infinitely more out of it (again thanks to the brilliant narration) than I would have done if I had simply read the novel. I am going to buy my next one right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    11/25/09
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    "Fantastic story and reader"

    Why this is one of Dickens' lesser known works I do not understand. It has his distinctive humour throughout and a superb collection of wonderful characters. Both comic and moving, it is a brilliant commentary on society and is remarkably relevant for today.

    I've listened to a number of books read by Anton Lesser and am always amazed at his characerisations. Each has their own distinctive voice, bringing Dickens' rich characters to life brilliantly. I laughed everytime chatterbox Flora was speaking. I enjoyed this book and narration immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James G
    TaurangaNew Zealand
    12/17/09
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    "great classic!!!!"

    This audio book is so well read by the narrator. And Charles Dickens is just a cool writer. The character come out with the narrator. This is my first Charles Dickens audio book and i love it. 5 out of 5. Download this audio book you will be very please with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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