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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. His two descendants, Martin Jr. and Jonas, have been born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, the Chuzzlewit tradition.

Set partly in America, of which Dickens offers a searing satire, this novel follows and contrasts the opposing fates of Martin and Jonas. While one achieves worldly success and, eventually, moral redemption, the other sinks deeper into the darkness—and pays the ultimate price.

This powerful black comedy is a tale of hypocrisy, greed, and blackmail, and it introduces the most famous of Dickens’ grotesques: Mrs. Gamp.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the development of the brilliantly drawn Jonas Chuzzlewit, under the stress of blackmail, from a vulgar, money-grabbing brute into a murderer with a dark and complicated life of inner terrors and superstitions that would have done credit to Dostoevsky, Dickens adds a whole dimension to the book that makes the last quarter one of the most sheerly exciting of all his stories.” 

    Angus Wilson

  • “Davidson quickly tunes into Dickens’ ferocious irony, but his paramount strength is his uncanny ability to find and maintain the perfect voice for each of the vintage characters: drippy, insinuous, vicious, sly, bold American backwoods, or London Cheapside. Each is a distinct creation! Dickens lovers will treasure [this] masterpiece.”

    AudioFile

  • “British reader Frederick Davidson makes the perfect hilarious distinctions among [characters] by shades of intonation and phraseology.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Davidson’s fully voiced reading is marvelous and adds a great deal to the as-if spoken prose style in which it is written.” 

    Kliatt

  • “Dickens’ funniest novel.”

    William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart

  • “Black, anarchic laughter, his lurid fantasies, his zest for hypocrisy, violence, and murder, [and] his surreal world of animated objects, are at the core of Dickens’creative being.” 

    John Carey, editor of Eyewitness to History

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1996

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorraine | 2/19/2014

    " As always, when we read Dickens we don't have to guess who the villain is ... and we know who the bad and good guys are. This is part of the fun with Dickens. Great tongue-in-cheek humor. Gives the reader Dickens' view on Americans and his disdain as a young writer for them in regard to arrogance, slavery, and hypocrisy. This is one of my favorite Dickens' novels. I agree with another reviewer that this is Charles Dickens' turn at being Mark Twain. I have one complaint and that is the ending dragged on ... and on ... and I wonder if this is because Dickens was trying to keep his payments coming in for the installments of the chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Shilstone | 2/19/2014

    " Mr. Dickens has a peek at America and is none too pleased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abigail Hartman | 2/17/2014

    " Although good, this wasn't my favorite Dickens novel. He spent too much time in stereotyping Americans, which got old rather quickly, and of course the character of Pecksniff makes one want to rip one's hair out. However, I find it fascinating that this character's name has become part of our vocabulary ("Pecksniffian"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathie Hagen | 2/10/2014

    " Charles Dickens must be an ascended master. I suspect he was exorcising the demons of life as a human when he wrote his timeless novels. Martin Chuzzlewit drew me in (although he took awhile). The dialogue between Tom Pinch & his sister Ruth on the subject of Tom's unrequited love of Mary is unforgettable & worth the reading of the whole book. "

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