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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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The skilfully abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens' masterful depiction of prison-life.

When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea.

As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Panks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/13/2014

    " My Kindle has full Dickens set, so I'm just flipping through those read earlier and ones I haven't gotten to before. Starting off with several that have had BBC or other great mini-series done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Notess | 2/9/2014

    " Finally, I made it to the end of a Dickens novel. Hooray! The deep dark secret was a tiny bit disappointing when it was revealed, but the characters were top notch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 1/24/2014

    " Too wordy and too long "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Juurma | 1/7/2014

    " This is the second time I tried to read this book. Love DIckens, but it just did not hold my interest. Went back and started from the beginning because my mind just kept wandering but had to give up. Might try again later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/20/2013

    " Not my favourite Dickens book -- wouldn't read it again -- struggled with it the first time and ended up watching the adaptation on BBC "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/22/2013

    " Loved it. This is another I purchased after watching on PBS. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Archchar | 10/9/2013

    " As always, a beautifully written story by Dickens. One of my fave. characters ever. Also loved the BBC movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Arcand | 10/9/2013

    " Might be my new favorite Dickens. So timely with the Ponzi scheme plot! And then I had to watch the BBC version of course, which was excellent and just as I had pictured the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 9/12/2013

    " 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 | 6/26/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Rachele | 5/28/2013

    " includes one of my fave passages of literature; a description of "circumlocution" -- a vivid depiction of being spun around in bureaucracy. The best book on "class" differences I've ever read. Makes me thank America that there's no 'debtor's prison' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/19/2013

    " Read this book after seeing the PBS miniseries. Loved it more than any Dickens I've read so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cariviramontes | 11/7/2012

    " This is a really long book, but I loved it! Timeless. The first few chapters were kinda difficult, but after that it was great! Looking forward to the Masterpiece movie later this month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/18/2012

    " This was my second reading of this book, and I appreciated it much more this time. Some of the "minor" charachters are the most entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Kelsey | 3/27/2012

    " Another great Dickens novels. Wonderful plot, great ending. The new BBC movie is also great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikee | 3/25/2012

    " This is one of the all-time best novels I have ever read. It's timeless (if a bit sappy in spots), from its Merdle - Madoff connection to beautiful biting caricatures of the frailties of human society. A brilliant sweet book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay | 3/19/2012

    " 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 T P Kennedy | 2/21/2012

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye Dewar | 2/10/2012

    " Little dorrit is a comparable to candide is some sense that she finds goodness in all stations of life. Born in debtors prison and given to the riches of society and back to poverty all in one lifetime. Yet she is not bitter in deed all her dreams are fuffilled in the end. "

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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.