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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781452670324
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One of Charles Dickens’ most personally resonant novels, Little Dorrit speaks across the centuries to the modern audience. Its depiction of shady financiers and banking collapses seems uncannily topical, as does Dickens’ compassionate admiration for Amy Dorrit, the “child of the Marshalsea,” as she struggles to hold her family together in the face of neglect, irresponsibility, and ruin.

Intricate in its plotting, the novel also satirizes the cumbersome machinery of government. For Dickens, Little Dorrit marked a return to some of the most harrowing scenes of his childhood, with its graphic depiction of the trauma of the debtors’ prison and its portrait of a world ignored by society. The novel explores not only the literal prison but also the figurative jails that characters build for themselves.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Gooden | 2/18/2014

    " That things never change. I was greatly reminded of Bernie Madoff in the Mr. Merdle character. I loved the Office of Circumlocution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Svetlana | 2/18/2014

    " 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 William Ramsay | 2/15/2014

    " If you want a great read, read Dickens. So many people put him off because the books a fat, too wordy, too OLD. Ah, you know not what you miss. I have read all of Dickens and loved every one. This is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 2/8/2014

    " Weave and twist, twist and weave, plot threads aplenty by your leave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/7/2014

    " I had not read this particular offering from Dickens before and was prompted to read it mostly because I enjoyed the 2009 mini-series. Much of the second half of the book is a bit of a slog to get through but I still enjoyed the story. Not my favorite Dickens but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/7/2014

    " Such an incredible story of Dorrit and all she experiences as a child of the poor house. A great book I've read at least twice and will never forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Kelsey | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estie | 1/26/2014

    " Classic Dickens humor. I love his wry and satirical take on society and politics. This is a LONG book though so be prepared for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 1/23/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/20/2014

    " This is the second time I've read Little Dorrit and I enjoyed it just as much this time. Mr. Merdle and Too Big to Fail kept coming to mind. Little Dorrit herself, for me, serves as a reminder to put one foot in front of the other and get on with it, whatever the obstacles. "

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

    " I always love this book, but Anton Lesser as narrator made it even better. Excellent reading of a wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/15/2014

    " Plots and subplots revolving around Amy Dorrit, who is born and raised in a debtor's prison. As normal with Dickens, wonderful characterization, and plot twists. What really makes this book is the concept of the Circumlocution Office. It described government bureaucracy in the mid 19th century, and it does so in the 21st. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/12/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmie | 1/9/2014

    " Little Dorrit has the usual Dickensian tropes -- goofy characters with funny names, an impossibly angelic and dutiful child-woman, London misery and a love story that reaches a climax in such a way you can easily miss that there WAS a climax. Justice is served and everyone who deserves to lives happily every after (more or less). The subplots are less irritating than, say, Bleak House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 1/9/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 1/5/2014

    " Dickens = always a pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom Wangsgard | 1/4/2014

    " This is one of Dickens' last books and is rather political. When he goes on too long I skip. But, as usual, the characters are great and well described and the story is compelling. It is very long, but worth the investment if you like Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/27/2013

    " Good, but not Dickens's best work. Reminds us that the author was paid by the word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hurst | 12/24/2013

    " Just finished watching BBC production of Little Dorrit. Absolutely loved it!!! Dickens has been a longtime favorite of mine, but somehow overlooked this story. Getting started today! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kokeshi | 12/16/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/5/2013

    " A fun tale of romance, mystery and redemption. Dickens can certainly weave a tangled web! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 11/28/2013

    " Much of this book was skipped as it was almost painful to read--apparently not a fan of Dickens literature. I find him harder to read than others of his era or genre. To quote Seinfeld, the character bios were full of "excruciating minutia". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye Dewar | 11/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 11/13/2013

    " Dickens was able to mine the huge resource of London life, becoming its great chronicler. Here he explores the psychology of confinement in the story of a man in debtor's prison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Irving | 11/7/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/30/2013

    " A real masterpiece, a friend knew I was rereading Dickens and recommended this one, the story is quite topical (Merdle!) I'm not going to give it away - just read it please. It is not for the feint of heart again and a large volume in line with the other majors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Archchar | 10/26/2013

    " 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 Kaye Dewar | 4/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krautj | 1/17/2013

    " This Dickens is very inventive in varying narrative styles, especially in the first half of the novel. The second half tied together the many subplots. One might compare this with Kafka's "Metamorphosis" in its interest of the effects of need and of comforting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 1/8/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Jones | 10/31/2012

    " Loved this book, however the conclusion was a little anticlimactic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 8/1/2012

    " Still not sure whether Clennam and Amy are brother and sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Bushnell | 4/5/2012

    " found this novel a real slog to read but it was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 11/29/2011

    " Wow, I am not very smart or this book is a hard read. I finally started to like it after about 800 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathleen | 8/27/2011

    " Though I was disappointed first to find this was an abridged production, then to discover Ian McKellan only served as narrator Dickens, I was won over by the enthusiastic performances. Jasmine Hyde was particularly affecting as Little Dorrit herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayah | 8/18/2011

    " An undiscovered beauty! No one writes like Dickens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 7/25/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 7/23/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/6/2011

    " Too cluttered. I guess it was a serialized novel to begin with though so that makes sense. Love the story just not the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 10/4/2010

    " It seems that Dickens was aware of the financial scandals of today in writing this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelleke | 10/18/2009

    " Great, but difficult to read (especially for a non-native english speaker like me). Beautifully written how stupid/strange the ideas and habits of the rich people are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samar Ahmad Elsaadany | 8/4/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/6/2009

    " Love Dickens, not my favourite but a good read. "

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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

Antony Ferguson was born in London. He has performed successfully on both sides of the Atlantic and has played many leading roles in theater, film, and television. He has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.