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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,763 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bleak House opens in the twilight of foggy London, where fog grips the city most densely in the Court of Chancery. The obscure case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, in which an inheritance is gradually devoured by legal costs, the romance of Esther Summerson and the secrets of her origin, the sleuthing of Detective Inspector Bucket and the fate of Jo the crossing-sweeper, these are some of the lives Dickens invokes to portray London society, rich and poor, as no other novelist has done. Bleak House, in its atmosphere, symbolism and magnificent bleak comedy, is often regarded as the best of Dickens—it is so inventive in its competing plots and styles that it eludes interpretation.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • “A contemporary tale indeed.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This may be one of the most Dickensian novels Dickens ever wrote. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " This was a long book and took me months to read. The characters, who are numerous, and their lives/environments are well described and so as the story winds on (and on), an alternative world is nicely created. It is clear why it is a classic. And the notion of a family legal battle that stretches on for decades is, to me, not as far-fetched as one might think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat Howe | 2/19/2014

    " It took me three tries to get past page 100; once I did, I felt like I had lived with these people. I love Jarndyce, Mr. George, Detective Bucket, and, oddly, Lord Dedlock. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lorraine | 2/16/2014

    " 1993 was my second reading. I think the first was in college, either 1974 or 1975. Love the BBC series, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobo Berens | 2/10/2014

    " Dickens' best, longest, weirdest book. Duh. "

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