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Our Mutual Friend

The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This definitive performance of Our Mutual Friend - Dickens' final completed novel - features expert narration by Meera Syal and an exclusive introduction written and read by Lucinda Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Hawksley is a biographer, author and lecturer, whose wealth of knowledge on Dickens is both research led and personal. She introduces us to the themes in Our Mutual Friend and tells us how they connect to the life of Dickens' himself.

Full of both satire and social analysis, Our Mutual Friend looks at what could happen in Victorian England when a fortune passes to a working-class couple. The audiobook will enchant the listener with its larger-than-life characters, its poignant depiction of social injustice and the singular seed of hope with which Dickens hints at the possibility of a better tomorrow.

About the author

Having experienced the incarceration of his father, Charles Dickens had to abandon his studies at a young age and set to work in a factory so as to support himself. Despite his short-lived education, Dickens went on to write 15 novels, various articles, novellas and short stories. He lectured and led campaigns for children's rights and education and arguably became the ultimate self-made man.

About the narrator

Comedian, writer and actor Meera Syal rose to prominence as one of the creators of comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, and cemented herself as a household name in the UK portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42.

Multitalented Syal has penned novels, scripts and screenplays, as well as lending her vocals to various songs and albums. Here she uses her voice to tell our Dickensian story with all the mastery you would expect from this talented performer.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic

Charles Dickens has always been one of my favourite authors. This production is wonderfully done and reminded me why l love this story. Thank you Ms Syal.

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Intricate and captivating story and reading!

I love Dickens’ complex character development in this story, which, simultaneously has the effect of making you love his noblest characters and even develop a fond affection and amusement for the most detestable, laughing aloud at times at the eccentricities and traits of them all. The characterization is well-captured in both voice and intonation of this reader, who has clearly well-acquainted herself with the passages to portray the intricate scenes and interactions as closely as possible to those conceptualized by the author. A must-read/listen!

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  • 08-18-19

Wonderful Narrator

Our Mutual Friend is a complex novel that requires one to pay close attention in order to keep characters and their relationships straight. The performance of the story aided my comprehension of the story greatly.

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  • adam200982
  • 06-10-18

Dickens at his very best !

Wonderfly narrated. Charles Dickens epic classic is beautifully delivered. A great tale that touches on the expectations of society and the perils trappings and evils of money

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  • sora
  • 04-08-18

Not the narrator for me

Prefer David Timson by far, sorry. I really wanted to like Meera Syal but I didn't understand why some of the London characters didn't have London voices and it started to grate after a while. Also I felt the pace of the narration was a bit slow. Great story and characters, as always.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-10-18

Awful, awful narration

I can’t believe how highly others have rated this. It’s one of my favourite Dickens books but Meera Syal is a dreadful narrator. That she was narrating was actually one of the selling points for me because I generally really like her, but her style of reading is totally at odds with classic literature and would be more suited to children’s stories. She stresses all of the wrong words in sentences and the whole style really jars with the book. I’m so disappointed. I was really looking forward to listening to this having not read it for years. I couldn’t get past the first chapter.

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  • Josefina
  • 11-04-18

masterpiece of writing

loved the story and the characters. A great social comment. listened a second time too.

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  • Claire
  • 09-06-18

Confused

I found this book really confusing and although I enjoyed the story and followed the plots I could not marry them together. This may of been explained earlier but forgot it by Time I had got to the expplanatilon. Also I foresaw the outcome but it turned out not quite as I expected.

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  • Mrs Judith C Schott
  • 05-01-18

Our mutual friend

Long complex story of good and evil, right and wrong greed and generosity brilliantly told by Meera Syal

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  • J Forder
  • 09-15-18

Meera Syal is an excellent narrator!

It took me a little while to get used to the language of the book, but once it got going I found myself enjoying it immensely. Meera Syal is so good at doing all the different voices of the characters (of which there are many); that you could tell who was speaking throughout. I'd love to see her narrating more books on audible, as she is such a delight to listen to!

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  • Andrew Thornton
  • 10-07-19

Hugely satisfying

There are so many good things in this, one of Dickens's most socially cutting stories, it's hard to know where to begin. He wears his social conscience on his sleeve throughout, though his carefully woven, complex tale-telling doesn't suffer and you can be sure he leaves no loose ends. Hugely satisfying and entertaining as he is, Meera Syal gives a superb performance and she must take enormous credit for her rendition of a diverse and numerous cast of characters with convincing and distinctive voices. Fantastic work, thank you.

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  • Simeran Gell
  • 01-31-19

Excellent narration by Meera Syal

I loved Meera Syal's lively and theatrical narration. It bought the book alive in so many ways. Her reading of the characters is simply brilliant as is the 'voice' she gives to each. A really satisfying experience!

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  • Brig
  • 12-29-18

Excellent book, excellent reader

I haven’t hear Meera Syal read before but I really enjoyed her performance. Dickens focuses on the personality of his cast and her voices did credit to them. Mrs Wilfer conjured up such an image that she was almost visible. I’ve read or listened to most of Dickens books at one time or another but this was a new one to me and 30 odd hours of listening almost passed by too quickly. Audible, yes I did enjoy this and great value for money too!
Oh yes and...
Interesting preface, worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-18

Masterful

As always Dickens is masterful. - satire, sarcasm , a richly woven story, and best of all a happy ending for the just and good.