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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by booklady | 2/15/2014

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

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