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Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781483088327
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Paul Dombey is a wealthy shipping merchant and formidable patriarch who runs his family with the same cold calculation he applies to his business. Evaluating his children's worth by what he thinks they can add to his bottom line, he dotes on the son he hopes to make his heir, while neglecting his affectionate elder daughter. But through his pride and selfishness, Dombey is sowing the seeds of his own destruction.Once his heart is broken, can it finally be redeemed?

A sensitive family drama infused with social and moral commentary, Dombey and Son combines grim psychological realism with Dickens' faith in the redemptive power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dickens willed into existence the most capacious and elastic and versatile kind of novel that could be, one big enough for his vast sentimental yearnings and for every impulse and fear and hesitation in him that countervailed those yearnings too. Never parsimonious and frequently contradictory, he always gives us everything he can, everything he’s planned to give, and then more.”

    Jonathan Lethem

  • “There’s no writing against such power as this—one has no chance.”

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Dombey and Son, the hidden gem even Dickens fans may have missed, combines a rollicking, biting sense of humor with nuanced psychological insights that feel surprisingly modern in their attitudes toward women…As usual in Dickens’ work, much of the reading pleasure resides in the supporting cast and subplots, and the men here are endearing…But it is the wives, sisters, mothers, and discarded mistresses who control the plot and break your heart.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Frederick Davidson gives such a splendid dramatization of this family saga…it’s almost like watching theater. Davidson matches his versatile voice to each one of the principals. He also manages to distinguish with equal elasticity among a host of vivid and disparate supporting characters. Thanks to Davidson’s seamless delivery, the narrative sweeps the listener through [nearly] forty hours of sustained drama.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1997
  • On Oprah’s Summer Reading List2010

Listener Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 4/25/2011

    " A classic. Good from the beginning to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helene | 3/3/2011

    " Long - with some sometimes unnecessarily detailed descriptive passages. A Dickens soap opera classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/2/2011

    " This is not one of my big favorites of Dickens, but I do remember that when I read it as a teenager, I was definitely in tears along with Florence Dombey at the novel's end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2011

    " Like it a lot...not as much as "Little Dorrit" but more than the "lesser" novels such as "Our Mutual Friend;" almost (but not quite) feminist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shari | 1/7/2011

    " I gave up on this one after 8 chapters, it started out dull and never captured my interest at all. Glad it was free on Kindle! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/25/2010

    " Admittedly, this novel is far from perfect. But when a book totals up to 1,000 pages the brilliant moments stick in your mind most of all, and Dombey and Son certainly isn't without those. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/16/2010

    " I read this at uni but remembered practically nothing of it. I suppose I have to say it was better than I remembered! It's certainly slow but if you don't mind wallowing in a book for quite a while it has its moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerome | 11/27/2010

    " I liked this much better than Martin Chuzzlewit, which I found was hard to follow. "

About the Author

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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.