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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as Dicken's masterpiece among masterpieces for its social indictment and sense of humanity, Little Dorrit is both an examination of Victorian England and a surprising love story.

This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation recreates the author's mid-19th Century London, in particular the East London area of Marshalsea. Drawing upon his own father's imprisonment in Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, Dickens placed the institution firmly in the heart of the novel when telling the story of Amy Dorrit.

The youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, Amy is born in Marshalsea prison. She and her father are befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs little Dorrit as a seamstress. The fortunes of the Dorrits undergo an extreme change when William inherits a fortune, and the family moves to Italy.

Back in England, Arthur Clennam finds himself the victim of a massive fraud and ends up in Marshalsea. There he is found by Little Dorrit, whose fortune has had no effect on her generosity and humility. Arthur realises that she loves him, but it is not until the Dorrit fortune is lost that the two of them can be united at last.

Peopled with Dickens' usual host of memorable characters, the author's mix of satire and genuine sentiment has made this one of his best-loved works. 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 Rosa Jamali | 2/19/2014

    " Quite a remarkable book by Dickens and how a reversal of fortune could change the life of people dramatically which I guess Dickens is a master of picturing all unpredictable possiblities ... the plot was totally twisted, Marshalsea's vision down and gloomy sent me to gothic novels... the portrait of Mrs Clenam which is a replica of Miss Havisham ....and turning all those characters in a thread of drama was really a suspense...the portrait of William Dorrit was really impressing and moving and how a misfortune though planned by others could ruin the life of so many people and make them desperate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 2/13/2014

    " Watching on BBC DVD, marvelous so far. Am I cheating by watching instead of reading? Well we finished and the BBC presentation was absolutely captivating. I am a wimp - I just did not want to read 1000, but maybe in another life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent! So much insight into personalities and relationships. This book is worth the time to read. One thing I love about Charles Dickens is that even the good characters aren't spared the consequences of foolish decisions that they make. Of course, the characters who remain steadfastly good receive happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Cannon | 2/3/2014

    " What a wonderful book to read at a leisurly pace, savouring the subtly humourous commentary on human beings and their daily struggles in 19th century England. The complexity of his characters is so rich, each one responding to their circumstances at various points along the way between self interest and true selflessness. Even the simpler ones show a strength of character that - at least for me - brings tears to the eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Evans | 1/24/2014

    " What a book! Dickens is not an easy writer to read. But I'm getting used to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/23/2014

    " Very LONG and HARD read, interesting enough I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Svetlana | 1/17/2014

    " I started reading this book keeping my expectations low, but I was surprised to find out that I have stumbled upon one of the best books I have ever read. Other then the typical Dickens story of a tragic and hard life followed by a happy ending, this book offers so much more. It is enriched with numerous very diverse characters all connected and their lives entangled together. You encounter all kinds of virtue and flaws such as high moral or no moral at all, excessive pride, greed, love, hate, jealousy... There is poverty, richness, family secrets, murder, financial speculations, suicide, blackmail... You get to see bureaucracy at it's best, or better said worst and the social differences and high class hypocrisy. In short a very rich story, very well thought trough where every detail has it's place and reason and nothing is left unexplained. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma | 1/16/2014

    " I don't usually like Charles Dickens, (it's so dark), but after seeing the Masterpiece Classic version of Little Dorrit, I wanted to see how it compared to the book. I really enjoyed it and found a free version on Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Moran | 12/30/2013

    " I liked this book, even though it was a bit slow-moving and boring, even for Dickens. Also, a little too predictable. Who couldn't have figured out that the hero was going to try to help Little Dorrit and the Father of the Marshalsea find freedom, and eventually marry the former mentioned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gracia | 12/22/2013

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary Kind | 12/2/2013

    " I loved this book. Another great work from one of my favourite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Rachele | 10/24/2013

    " 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 Christie | 10/24/2013

    " Loved this one. Each character unique "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Bailey | 10/10/2013

    " Dickens tackles the imprisonment of the poor. One of his very best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 6/22/2013

    " I had to read this for my Brit. Lit class but actually ended up enjoying it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 4/18/2013

    " This is a moving tale that proves how far a little compassion can go, and how much damage a lack of compassion can cause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/24/2013

    " Not the best of Dickens, but his descriptions of the Circumlocution Office and the operations of finance and government are priceless. I also love Dickens for his jaundiced view of family, and Little Dorrit doesn't disappoint in that regard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lois | 3/20/2013

    " This book is great! It is my favorite Dickens book. It is about the kinds of prisons people are in and it is about selfish and unselfish love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MaryJeanne | 3/17/2013

    " This was often tedious, and I am a Dickens fan. However, it was well worth reading just for the description of the "Office of Circumlocution." Their fingers are in the largest public pie and the smallest public tart. Government in the 19th century was apparently much the same as in the 21st. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 3/11/2013

    " A long book but rewarding. Not one for newcommers to Dickens. But to fans a joy to emmerse yourself in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity U | 2/18/2013

    " Very large, but a wonderful book! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/6/2012

    " i got this out of the maplewood library today and started it - ten pages in and hooked. the librarian told me that charles dickens is 200 years old today. for those of you with kids, the magic treehouse with him in it is awesome though i now can't remember the name of that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gill Thomas | 6/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book - the best of Charles Dickens for me :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Mason | 6/14/2012

    " Prison (self imposed and actual) abounds as does humor, detailed character development and great drama.....one of his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caity | 4/1/2012

    " There are no words for how much I love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlene | 11/12/2011

    " I saw this first on PBS as a movie and liked it so much I wanted to read the book and as much as I liked the movie the book is even better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawn Ridenour | 9/20/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Softweargirl | 9/13/2011

    " This is one of those classics where they use words like verdure... "

  • 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. "

  • 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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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.