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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,888 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Graham Bill Publisher: Real Reads Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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A retelling of Charles Dickens' timeless classic.

Bleak House is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publishers Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic tale.

'It would have been better if you had never been born.' Esther, at 14, has never known love. Determined to live well, earn some love, and overcome the shadow of her birth, she takes her first steps into the unknown.

A family curse, a manipulating lawyer, poverty and secrets threaten to destroy Esther's world. Are the walls of Bleak House strong enough to protect her and her new friends from such powerful forces?

The reader will be caught up in an unfolding mystery, full of surprises. Perhaps the key to it all is to discover the identity of 'Nemo'....

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Harding | 2/17/2014

    " My favorite Dickens (so far) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenchr | 2/16/2014

    " Inspector Bucket may be my favorite Dickens character. He cracks me up. I love the BBC miniseries, and Alun Armstrong is a great actor, but the way the character is written for the script, does not fully portray Bucket as he is in the novel. Bucket is a decent and hilarious man in the novel, and the miniseries reduces his role to a less entertaining, less interesting personality. Just re-watched the miniseries for comparison to the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 2/14/2014

    " Maybe 3.5 stars? I like Dickens, but there are plenty of times I had to force myself to keep reading (and several days when I didn't). As always, I think it could have been about 40% shorter/more concise, but I guess that's Dickens. Still, by turns dark, funny, and sentimental. And I especially enjoyed Inspector Bucket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Anderson | 2/14/2014

    " Dated narrative and contrived, but a page-turner nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Slade | 2/7/2014

    " Good long somber Dickens novel. I was reading it after I saw the PBS series but somehow got sidetracked and never finished. The part about spontaneous combustion was surreal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Eaton | 2/7/2014

    " Page 124. Favorite word so far: wiglomeration - the mess that lawyers make. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Bielski | 2/6/2014

    " Definitely my favorite novel by Dickens. The sub-plot(s) were far less interesting than the main plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Greggs | 1/19/2014

    " Bleak House may have the strongest opening chapter in all of literature. The rest of it ain't bad either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/18/2014

    " As boring as listening to my father in law tell me Republican he is... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 doug bowman | 12/29/2013

    " Another book I vividly remember reading. The day before the test, Victorian Literature class. I stayed up all night in the basement of Hoover Library reading it. Got a B on the test "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Abler | 11/26/2013

    " This book took me forever to finish. It wasn't the easiest read, but I'm glad I toughed it out and finished it. It was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/23/2013

    " Although this is an excellent piece of literature, I felt there was way too much complication in the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/25/2013

    " Robert Whitfield is a good reader, but some of the women's and children's voices sound a bit unnatural (particularly Caddy and Charley). The novel Bleak House of course gets 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Msmarii | 10/10/2013

    " Would give 4 stars, but had trouble with too long descriptions and dialogues. Got lost often and couldn`t figure out wtf is going on. Then watched one part of mini-series and reading got better, but still I skipped some parts. Anyway, Dickens has written great novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eva | 5/3/2013

    " Took me 5 months to read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 4/28/2013

    " Long but I loved it! Dickens really plots stories wonderfully! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 11/29/2012

    " A sprawling court case hurts all it touches in this intricately plotted two-part masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce | 6/30/2012

    " I love Norton Critical Editions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 12/31/2011

    " Unlike David Copperfield and Great Expectations, Bleak House is mostly from a female point of view. I found it quite believable. The book was also interesting for containing quirky characters and heartless souls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/3/2011

    " Hopes, on such an unnecessary dream is just dwindled away while the family ties become even more strained. My lesson from this book can be respect, admire, appreciate what little you have and take care of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 7/19/2011

    " I loved this book! It is a book that I think that I will come back to again and again. I would recommend it to anyone. It is seriously my favorite book in the world. Charles Dickens is one amazing writer. "

  • 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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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.