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Martin Chuzzlewit

Narrated by: Mark MacNamara
Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Martin Chuzzlewit" is Charles Dickens' comic masterpiece about which his biographer, Forster, noted that it marked a crucial phase in the author's development as he began to delve deeper into the "springs of character".

Old Martin Chuzzlewit, tormented by the greed and selfishness of his family, effectively drives his grandson, young Martin, to undertake a voyage to America. It is a voyage which will have crucial consequences not only for young Martin, but also for his grandfather and his grandfather's servant, Mary Graham with whom young Martin is in love. The commercial swindle of the Anglo-Bengalee company and the fraudulent Eden Land Corporation have a topicality in our own time.

This strong sub-plot shows evidence of Dickens' mastery of crime where characters such as the criminal Jonas Chuzzlewit, the old nurse Mrs Gamp, and the arch-hypocrite Seth Pecksniff are the equal to any in his other great novels. Generations of readers have also delighted in Dickens' wonderful description of the London boarding-house - "Todgers".

©2018 Charles Dickens (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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great story, poor oration

This was a great story that I was not familiar with before however, the narration was lacking in inflection and any emotions relevant to the story. In many chapters there was also some sort of kitchen timer beeping in the background.

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Legit

Maybe not his finest but well worth it. At least three utterly surprising laugh out loud events. And, as with many of his characters, even those at first seem extremes of voluble tedium begin to amuse and finally become hilarious. Hats off to the volunteer readers at LibriVox who have given me some of the best books I never would have otherwise read. Be prepared for nonstandard pronunciations by a deliciously well modulated but uninflected reader. Easy to listen to.

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determination is necessary to finish this book

Dickens is slow to get all the characters introduced. it all ends well and I am glad I stuck it out!

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  • Adrian
  • 03-04-19

Disappointment

Having listened to Nicholas Nickleby previously i wanted to stretch out my Dickensian knowledge, (brilliant performance by the narrator, his range of voices for the characters was fantastic and really made the story for me).
So i downloaded Martin Chuzzlewit, how disappointing, the narrator has no differing voices and its sounds like it was recorded in a small public convenience. The echo is terrible. Different chapters have different clarity levels, it feels like there is little attention to the production values.
I have given it a three hour listen and cannot continue.
i have rated the story as 1 star which may be unfair but i cannot continue with the narrators monotone audition of all the different characters

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  • Andrew
  • 12-27-18

Is the narrator in the bathroom?

Gave up, as I was put off by the reader.
Do you really need to say "End of chapter 1. Chapter 2..."? You're trying to create a world in your audience's imaginations!
Strangely echoey recording too.

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  • Rod Baxter
  • 04-22-19

Wordy

Not one of his best. I found at times it was a bit lengthy in getting to the point.