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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Paul Scofield Publisher: Raffin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Classics Read by Celebrities Series Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781538481745
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Charles Dickens, at the height of his creative powers in this great work, pursues two great themes: the murky institutional fog that darkens and cripples all of England, symbolized by the endless litigation of the Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce case in the High Court of Chancery, and the familiar Dickensian concern with the capricious treatment and maltreatment of children as exemplified by the pitiful castoff Jo and the overindulged Harold Skimpole.

The story that carries these themes takes the form of a compelling mystery, a romantic tangle of trails followed by three vivid sleuths: the opportunistic Guppy, the sinister Tulkinghorn, and the benevolent Bucket. Only through the skill of Dickens can artfully constructed mystery so intensify and illuminate stringent social commentary.

This portrait of London society is often regarded as Dickens’ best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perhaps it is his best novel…When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up.”

    G. K. Chesterton

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jameschneider007 | 6/25/2011

    " Taking me forever to read, but wow, this guy can write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deusprimus | 6/20/2011

    " One of Dicken's best. The characters have a lot of depth, and there is not a loose end by the conclusion. Now, if I could just figure out a way to choke the life out of Mr. Skimpole..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaija | 6/19/2011

    " What amazed me the most was the knowledge that this was written for serialized publication, and that other than what was printed in the newspaper/journal, Dickens had no back-up version of the text. Keeping all the events and characters in order and without a hitch in the plot... Simply astounding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/14/2011

    " LONGEST READ EVER! A classic, though again, the length detoured my interest at times, though it is well crafted and the characters are intricate and diverse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/14/2011

    " IF you liked Dickens this is a great book. Talks about society and relationships with a lot of detail given by Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henk | 6/7/2011

    " Allmost as good as the TV-series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elva | 6/5/2011

    " in my opinion, it's his best novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 6/1/2011

    " Had to have my dose of Dickens! Now I'm set for a while... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ren | 6/1/2011

    " Too slow for my taste not as intriguing as some of his others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 5/19/2011

    " Chesterton and Lewis had both rated Bleak House and Dickens' best, and I can well believe it -- despite the spontaneous combustion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 andy | 5/13/2011

    " I had to read it in five days and can't remember anything about it. But I liked it. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Paul Scofield is noteworthy for his striking presence and distinctive voice. He won a Tony Award for his role in A Man for All Seasons, and an Academy Award for the same role in the film adaptation.