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  • Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe | Paulo Coelho,Yvonne Morrison,Charles Dickens

    Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
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    2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

    RodR says: "Starts great, gets really bad on the last two bits"
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Maynard says: "it's the singer not the song*"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

    Steven says: "Great Performance of a classic!"
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
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    With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

    Sab-E says: "Audio Chapters 41 and 42"
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Alia says: "Wonderful!!!"
  • David Copperfield [Audible] | Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
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    Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

    tessa says: "The Armitage Voice""
  • Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.

    Alfredo says: "Excellent narration!"
  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
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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.

    Wendy Lohse says: "Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances"
  • The Chimes | Charles Dickens

    The Chimes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
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    A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

    Gillian says: "Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!"
  • David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media] | Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media]

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Dickens called David Copperfield his "favourite child," and many critics consider the novel to be one of his best depictions of childhood. Set in early Victorian England against a backdrop of great social change, Dickens acutely observed the phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted the novel. Many consider David Copperfield to be the author’s finest work.

    Richard says: "Delightful Dickens listening"
  • Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition] | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    A heartless convict. The devil's fairy godmother. A beautiful girl with eyes of stone. A spectral benefactor. These and many others shape the fortunes of young Pip, as he is transformed from a blacksmith's apprentice to a young gentleman with great expectations.

    Josh Diamond says: "great performance of a great text"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

    David says: "Gradgrind and M'Choakumchild"
  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge has an emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

    annesailorgirl says: "Lovely classic Christmas story, interestingly read"
  • Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    Raised in squalor in the marsh country of Kent, the orphan Pip is taken under the wing of the eccentric and reclusive Miss Havisham - only to blindly give his heart to the dowager's beautiful but ice-cold adopted daughter, Estella. Even as a mysterious benefactor helps to shape Pip's life into one of fortune, success, and self-discovery, the unspeakable secrets of his unrequited love continue to haunt him - and promise to change his life once again.

    Jaren says: "Excellent story, excellent narration."
  • A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig  | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Chandler Craig
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    An illuminating reading of the greatest Christmas classic ever written: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Narrated by Chandler Craig.

    James Lee Walker says: "A true classic treated perfectly"
  • A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
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    Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences.

    Christina says: "It's not Christmas without this (audio)book"
  • Oliver Twist  | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

    Karen says: "Amazing narration!"
  • The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

    d op says: "A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive."
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

    Ed says: "This Dickens guy has promise"
  • Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens

    Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
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