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Bleak House Audiobook

Bleak House

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A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-04-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Bleak, but Still True and Just Read It."

    If you want to read something slightly depressingly foggy and bleak, with some sides of very interesting people and their stories, with some death and even a surprising murder with a cool detective story built in, and some really funny moments,but also mingled with the oppression and misunderstanding of the law, and debt, and misery, and crooks, and lawyers, and those people who cause lawyers to exist in the first place, then please, be my guest and read Bleak House, but do it with a book, with the original illustrations. It will be so much more fun. I usually say classics are better encountered in audio as we haven't changed the way we talk that much. But with Dickens, something is just over the top with the audio word. So, I say skip this audio (nothing against the narrator either) and just read it.

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 04-01-13
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    "Dickens Classic-One of my top three Dickens books"

    Other reviewers talk about the narration and I agree the dual narration is the key to this book as there are many female parts and a male only would hurt the story. There are several Esther Summerson narrations in the book and in my opinion can only be done with a female voice. This is a character driven novel galore with Tulkinghorn, Mr. Guppy, Skimpole, Mr Snagsby, Smallweed, I don't know nothing Jo, It is a classic like Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. I saw the two BBC TV series on Bleak House, but the 1985 follows the book more.
    If you are a Dickens fan then this book will not disappoint. Bleak House was anything else but beak to me.

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    Kate Washington, DC, United States 10-23-12
    Kate Washington, DC, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Two actors made it sound like 30 characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook was unbelievable. I got it on the recommendation of another Audible patron who wrote about the two people reading the book. They didn't just read, they created at least 30 characters with accents and personality quirks. It was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way I could do that!


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    Ann Arenas Valley, NM, United States 06-18-12
    Ann Arenas Valley, NM, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Moved to Utah , beautiful state.

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    "Dark and wonderful"
    Where does Bleak House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    not first, but I'm a Dickens fan, so it's up there. I don't buy book I don't like!


    What does Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love their voices and gravity of the content.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sad commentary on the legal system, then and now.


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    cheryl schechter farkas 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best audiobook ever"

    The two very talented narrators were perfectly wonderful, making the characters on the page come to life. I found myself looking forward to an otherwise tiresome commute. Listening to this Bleak House is a altogether worthwhile experience, not to be missed!

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    MD KY, USA 03-26-17
    MD KY, USA 03-26-17 Listener Since 2009
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    "One of the greatest of all time!"

    I absolutely love this story. This is one of the best works of Charles Dickens, right up there with Little Dorrit. The performance of the two readers is engaging and exciting. You can completely immerse yourself in this story. I loved every bit of it. And I will definitely listen to it again. Spectacular!!!

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    Büc Palmer 02-10-17
    Büc Palmer 02-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Made Me Cry on Construction Site"

    Usually if I'm moved to tears its 90% author and 10% narrator. Gallagher's treatment of certain characters (especially Charley) brings powerful emotions worthy of Dickens. A rare 50/50 partnership. This in no wise diminishes Barrett's performance. Amazingly well done by both narrators. Highly recommended.

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    ECL 01-01-17
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    "creative voices bring story to life"

    By having two narrators this version is creative and intresting. By having a nan and a woman doing the reading, the different voices they use brings the story to life.

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    SSP 12-24-16
    SSP 12-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Dickens at his best"

    Excellent performance with easy recognition of the many characters and some truly moving scenes.
    Some expectedly extreme characters but by far the majority of the characters portray thoughts and emotions that readers can relate to despite the historical period of the book.

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    Stefan 12-12-16
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    "Good performances"

    Both readers did a nice job. Almost like listening to a play with two actors performing all roles--and a terrific value add over simply reading the text yourself. Another Audible win.

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  • Liz... Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    5/14/17
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    "A great story read by great narrators."

    It's worth my noting first that I'm not a fan of long books, and this is certainly the longest that I've ever listened to. With that said, it is also one of the best. I'd loved the BBC TV version with Anna Maxwell-Martin and Gillian Anderson, so risked this. Dickens proves his mastery of the form, putting many other excellent writers in the shade.
    The narrators are excellent. I knew of Sean Barrett's terrific work already, but Tessa Gallagher is absolutely outstanding here. I shall watch out for her other work.
    So, a very good story narrated very well indeed. If you want to listen to one of Dickens's best novels, you probably can't do better than this. Don't worry about the length, I didn't notice and neither will you.

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  • A User
    4/11/17
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    "great classic"

    great narration which did this old classic great justice. great descriptions which painted great pictures

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  • Jan Roe
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    "Bored"

    kept falling asleep. The narrators were very good though, story just wasn't for me.

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  • J. A. Mulligan
    3/30/17
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    "A Top Quality Product"

    Absolutely impeccable. The novel is, by turns, moving, amusing, dramatic and heartbreaking, truly one of the greatest ever written.

    The two performances that make up this audiobook could barely be improved upon, bringing distinct characterisation to each of the huge cast of characters. Sean Barrett's Jo, in particular, was exceptionally touching, and one scene in particular, involving Jo, will stay with me for a long, long time.

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  • forbes
    3/7/17
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    "Brilliant Narration."

    Faultless in both Narration and Narrative. Bleak House is Dickens at his very, very best

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/5/17
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    "BLEAK HOUSE"

    Is this really two people reading this book? It's absolutely brilliant. These characters come alive. You're so good Sean and Teresa. Your voices are just magical. Tell me it's just the two of you. I love dickens but have never downloaded one of his stories cos his characters are precious but this gets them absolutely SPOT ON. ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Bob
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    2/16/17
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    "For the idol listener"
    Would you recommend Bleak House to your friends? Why or why not?

    You need to have a lot of time on your hands to enjoy this novel, the opening two thirds are slow and disparate. The phrase ‘cliff-hanger’ originates from the 1910’s when the author Thomas Hardy left one of his characters literally hanging off of a cliff at the end of one of a scene. I can only point out that Bleak House was written before the 1910’s and it shows, the idea of leaving the reader’s pulse racing at the end of a chapter seems years away.

    The story follows the saintly figure of Esther Summerson, a mal-treated orphan with a mysterious background, who, on the verge of adult-hood, is made the ward of a generous benefactor. Esther then goes on to meet a series of moderately interesting people whilst the reader is presented with observations about the same persons and society. These observations however are a poor substitute for a plot, in place of which there is an overall story arc about the unfairness of the workings of the civil court that affects the lives of all involved.
    If the novel had finished half way through I am sure that it would have been marked as a failure, no grip, no pace, however, out of the blue in the final quarter of the novel there is a murder – Hallelujah! Following this act of blood-letting, Bleak House gets plot, it finds pace and starts to fulfil genre expectations. All of a sudden we are seeking a murderer, the murder is followed by the one of the main characters absconding, now we’re cooking with gas as we go on a hunt to find our missing person. With intrigue, secrets discovered, characters seeking forgiveness, and grand gestures of love, the novel certainly ends on a high.
    Overall I liked Bleak House, the female narrator is excellent and it just so happens that when I read it I had a lot of time on my hands to meander through the opening two thirds of the novel so I didn’t mind it being so slow and when the pace changed I found it close to thrilling. I understand I will seem like a dolt for deeming to criticise Dickens, but if as an uninitiated you choose to listen to this classic, I think it’s fair to have an understanding that for large parts it does not fill the expectations of the modern reader in terms of plot and pace.


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  • pongol
    2/11/17
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    "bleak house"

    sean barrett is the most wonderful narrator i cant praise him highly enough he brings each character to life both narrators did full justice to a great book.

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  • SEA, Charente
    1/20/17
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    "An excellent narration of an old favourite"

    This jointly narrated classic is a triumph. The various interwoven threads of Bleak House only gain from the different but equally inspired renditions of the two narrators.
    From the fog of chapter one to the sunlit conclusion, this version is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • CAROL
    1/3/17
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    "Surely the best of all Dickens' novels."

    Loved it. Brought to life brilliantly by both narrators I can't wait to listen again.

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