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Extended Audio Sample Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Paul Scofield Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perhaps the finest novel of 19th-century England, Bleak House embodies artful narrative, an engaging cast of characters, biting satire, and a detailed depiction of Victorian society. At the height of his creative power in this great work, Dickens pursues two great themes: the murky institutional fog that darkens and cripples all of England, symbolized by the endless litigation of the Jarndyce vs. Jarnddyce case in the High Court of Chancery; the familiar Dickens 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 two 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 in the hands of Dickens does artfully constructed mystery so intensify and illuminate stringent social commentary. Bleak House is a consummate achievement in the career of a truly great novelist. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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