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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: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname The Father of the Marshalsea. However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or Little Dorrit.

The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th-century government and society. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Makenzie | 1/26/2014

    " My favorite Dickens novel. Sprung from his own experiences of debtors' prisons, this is not only an endearing love story, but a social commentary that contributed to prison reform. No one can match Dickens' turn of phrase, and the delightful annoyance of Mrs. General had me rolling with laughter. To this day I can still find use for the phrase "prunes and prism". While this novel employs Dickens' signature use of dues ex machina and improbable coincidence, none of that detracted from the twisting plot and the memorable characters. Will definitely be a staple on my reading list for years to cone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/24/2014

    " I liked Little Dorrit very much. It is very close to the recent PBS version which I had just watched (and which is excellent by the way). I wanted to compare the movie to the book. They are essentially the same. It's not my most favorite Dickens book, but very enjoyable. The supporting characters were my favorites: Pancks, Affery, John Chivery, Fanny and Mr. Sparkler, Maggy, Rigaud (a sufficiently evil villan), and especially Flora (sometimes I find myself running on like Flora. LOL) and Mr. F's Aunt (what a hoot!). A great blend of humor, intrigue and lovable characters as in all of Dicken's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/15/2014

    " I should qualify my rating: Little Dorrit gets a Dickens-three-stars rating, which differs from a regular three-stars rating in that I will undoubtedly like a Dickens book with a three-star rating more than any other book to which I give a three-star-rating. But Dickens is one of my favorites, and so while I did enjoy it -- come on, Charlie, this is fine but I know you can do better! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Danes | 12/8/2013

    " Got bored. Little Dorrit is a wet who isn't worth the trouble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 11/30/2013

    " Only Dickens can weave such a tangled web of characters, subplots and red herrings and still finish with a coherent, mostly happy ending. The story is long ( it's Dickens) but I think well worth it. It's a sweet and sadly prophetic story for our current times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 11/18/2013

    " My favorite Dickens novel - the diversity of characters and story lines, and the way they all come together in the end, makes the daunting length worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 11/12/2013

    " Good story; good ending but at times difficult to read. It is very long with many characters but most were well developed and likable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samar Ahmad Elsaadany | 10/11/2013

    " 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 Tami | 10/9/2013

    " I love, love, LOVE Dickens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/30/2013

    " All his stories are amazing. You get this great picture of the people and England at the time. The work house - yikes! ...and it was real. I've read most of his work, but I'm posting what I think are his best. This one has an English movie that's not to be missed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Asha Seth | 4/17/2013

    " Not the very best of Dickens. A time consuming 900 page book that doesn have much to give. No Dickens for some time now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 2/22/2013

    " I read most of Dickens in my youth but missed this one until now. This was rather more loosely constructed than his best novels, but it did have its moments and was quite a poignant depiction of hypocrisy and pretentiousness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 2/3/2013

    " It took two tries over a year apart for me to get into this book. It was worth finishing, but I didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Holford | 12/25/2012

    " This is a classic, and I've read it before. Wonderful to revisit it after all these years. Makes me want to read more Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/21/2012

    " It was Charles Dickens, so it was great. On the Charles Dickens' scale it's a four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gracia | 12/7/2011

    " I enjoyed reading Little Dorrit so very much and wanted, in part, for it never to end, so much so that I have now jumped back to its predecessor, Bleak House; I am in a reader's paradise! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelby | 8/21/2011

    " Very interesting - full of intrigue and memorable (if somewhat sketchy) characters. A little lengthy though, and it's fairly difficult to keep track of what's going on... I had to make a character flow-chart ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 6/10/2011

    " Loved it. Dickens is really too gloomy for me, but I loved it anyways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasey | 6/10/2011

    " The most AMAZING book ever!!! A MASTERPIECE!!! The movie is equally good... Its one of my top favorites! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 6/1/2011

    " A witty, thoughtful story with Dickens' usual host of memorable characters. Although I wouldn't recommend it if one is feeling depressed, it does end on a high and hopeful note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 4/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/12/2011

    " Listened to Robert Whitfield read this while knitting. I think I love Dickens now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 4/10/2011

    " I'd technically give this story 3.5 stars. I find myself between liking it and really liking it. Most of the story I felt frustrated by the shy, meek behavior of Amy, but at the conclusion of the story I cried and, for me, that bumps up a rating. "

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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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.