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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455175444
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Little Amy Dorrit was born in debtor’s prison, where her father, an aristocrat by birth, has been an inmate for the past twenty years. Though her father is too proud to acknowledge their reduced status, Amy secretly works as a seamstress to support her family. In this way she meets and befriends Arthur, her employer’s son, who wants to help.

When Arthur uncovers an unknown inheritance due to Mr. Dorrit, the family is finally freed from prison. Newly wealthy, they travel to Italy, where Mr. Dorrit instructs his children to sever old connections and learn the ways of the upper class. But leaving their past behind proves not to be so easy.

Meanwhile, their benefactor, Arthur, falls on hard times himself when he becomes the victim of a gigantic financial fraud. When he next meets Little Dorrit, their places are reversed: Arthur is imprisoned in the Marshalsea, too ashamed of his reduced status to declare his love. But to Little Dorrit, love has always transcended class.

A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens’ maturity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most significant works of the nineteenth century.”

    Lionel Trilling

  • “Why do we never tire of Dickens? Isn’t it because of his characters and their crazy worlds? Science fiction was never so strange! Reader [Simon Vance] catches this zaniness and infects us with it…[Vance], with a unique voice and vision for each character, casts Dickens’ spell of mystery and intrigue. Dickens fans should not miss this almost perfect performance of his most mature work.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 2/20/2014

    " Little Dorrit was a great discovery, especially as an audio book. The reader was wonderful and did great voices for the various characters that helped me to keep them straight without my usual Dickens cheat sheet. A thrilling rags-to-riches mystery romance with wonderful major and minor characters--especially Panks the tugboat and Flora. As always, Dickens gave a thorough picture of poverty and debt yet without the pathos of Bleak House, perhaps because of the cheerful goodness of Amy Dorrit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeroen Berndsen | 2/19/2014

    " A bit too long for my taste, though undeniably a literary work by high standards. Not a Dickens I recommend tot start off with.[return][return]Little Dorrit is a classic tale of imprisonment, both literal and metaphorical, while Dickens' working title for the novel, Nobody's Fault , highlights its concern with personal responsibility in private and public life. Dickens' childhood experiences inform the vivid scenes in Marshalsea debtor's prison, while his adult perceptions of governmental failures shape his satirical picture of the Circumlocution Office. The novel's range of characters - the honest, the crooked, the selfish and the self-denying - offers a portrait of society about whose values Dickens had profound doubts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 2/18/2014

    " I loved the plot-line to this story and how the whole situation turned upside by the end of the book. I also loved the morality of the tale: the good guy will always overcome and charity will lead to peace in the end. Of course, Dickens' characterizations were wonderful (I couldn't help laughing every time Flora or Panks came "on-stage") as was his prose. The thing I didn't like about this story is that it took so ridiculously long to tell it. It's obvious he was paid by the word because he dragged as much length out of the story as he could manage. Still, a good book and one I'm glad I read, though I probably won't pick it back up for a few decades. In the mean time, I'll simply watch BBC's excellent film adaptation which gives a far better return on investment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 booklady | 2/15/2014

    " Although not so well known as many of Dicken's other works, this is one of my personal favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kawther Abdallah | 2/6/2014

    " Another Dickens novel i enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/25/2014

    " As always, here is Dicken's great pacing, dialogue and shrewd character development. But I'm startled by the satirical tone, which seems unprecedented for him. Dickens always has sharp criticism for the mindless evil of bureaucracy and aristocracy--clearly distinguishing the nobility of individual character (from whatever class). But the criticism in Little Dorrit is tendentious, eg "Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving--HOW NOT TO DO IT." For my part I prefer his more typical manner of exposing these social ills with more finesse and subtlety, and through a less obtrusive narrative voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kokeshi | 1/20/2014

    " Classic, beautiful, heart wrenching Dickens. Fantastic characters. Great storytelling. My favorite part was when the house falls down. Brilliant. I really enjoyed this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Shaw | 1/14/2014

    " Great characters and a solid plot, as always Dickens is the master! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikeal | 12/29/2013

    " I actually saw the movie first and then decided to read the book in this instance. I really enjoy this story because of Little Dorritt. She is so true to herself and real. I always get the sense that she knows herself completely which is an extraordinary quality in anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/14/2013

    " Read the chapter on the Circumlocution Office. Belly-laugh-out-loud funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Jacobson | 12/8/2013

    " One of Dickens' more delightful books. A sweet romance with a particularly likable heroine. And, of course, all those other fun and interesting characters thrown in for which Dickens is so well-known. (The BBC production is rather terrific too!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Twinning | 11/12/2013

    " Descriptive and engaging, a story with emotion and heartbreak. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawn Ridenour | 10/27/2013

    " Blah, didn't rise to the level of interesting at any point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudi Coreman | 10/13/2013

    " I always loved Dickens at school and was inspired to read Little Dorrit by the wonderful TV series. I adored the book and the writing is so amazing and heartfelt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T P Kennedy | 5/5/2013

    " Superb - outstanding read. What's not to like. It's Dickens - it's one of the later novels so it's got a nice dark edge to it. This is a book to lose yourself in and make discoveries about life, fiction, faith and family. There is no author to compare to the Master at his best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay | 4/26/2013

    " Read Little Dorrit because in John Irving's Cider House Rules he kept referring to it. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samar Ahmad Elsaadany | 3/15/2013

    " one can never get enough of Mr. Dickens <3<3<3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 3/9/2013

    " I struggled a little with the one chapter where everything is revealed--it was a little hard to follow. But the story was incredible...Dickens is certainly a master for a reason. Loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E. | 1/9/2013

    " Dickens is The Man, one of my all-time favorite authors. Little Dorrit was a good read, but Little Dorrit herself is too perfect, and the ending is sappy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 12/16/2012

    " Uh, so big. I must confess, I watched the whole series in a day and spent two more working my way through extracts of this tome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trisha | 7/20/2012

    " Time Mag put this as #3 of Dickens all time best. Why I have no idea. Even the ending was a big nothing. Saw nothing to recommend this at atll. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 6/15/2012

    " There's a reason Little Dorrit isn't in the canon. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.