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Little Dorrit Audiobook

Little Dorrit

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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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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-28-12
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-28-12 Member Since 2016
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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 03-26-12 Member Since 2016

    Kathleen

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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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    Sally United States 03-01-12
    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!


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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 09-21-11
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 09-21-11 Member Since 2014

    KathrynVB

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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 Listener 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 2008
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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.

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    Doug 11-19-09
    Doug 11-19-09 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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