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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Paul Scofield Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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First published in 1843-4, the novel which Dickens considered 'in a hundred points immeasurably the best of my stories' concerns the Chuzzlewit family in all various branches. At the heart of the story is young Martin, who is disowned by his wealthy grandfather and dismissed from the household of the architect Pecksniff, and sets out to make his own way in the world and win the hands of Mary Graham, an orphan raised by his grandfather.

Moving from comic absurdity to the darkest corners of human nature, 'Martin Chuzzlewit' is a study in greed, selfishness and hypocrisy; and contains some of Dickens's most memorable characters - from the villainous Seth Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit to the selfless Tom Pinch, the 'jolly' Mark Tapley, and the drunken nurse and midwife Sarah Gamp - considered by many to be Dickens's finest comic creation. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 5/14/2011

    " Great book. Dickens' language takes a little getting used to but it's well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/28/2011

    " Dickens always gets five stars in my head, but for some reason I did not like the female character at all in this one. But of course the story was masterfully delivered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lword | 3/11/2011

    " I enjoyed it. Full of Dickens great characters, great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 1/2/2011

    " All right-I'm weird. I don't know why, I just really liked this one. Loved Martin.
    Ellie NYC "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/30/2010

    " Dickens draws on his own experiences of travel in the USA, and his descriptions of politics there still seems quite relevant today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/26/2010

    " I read this when I was a teenager and my grandmother sent us the set from England.
    I read it twice again at university. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome | 11/27/2010

    " I liked the story, but found the book to be difficult to read due to the rather long winded descriptions and antiquated language used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/6/2010

    " A good read: interesting and humorous, with Dickens's finely drawn characters, as usual. Perhaps a little too long. Five stars ***** for anyone not in any rush. Three stars *** for anyone in a hurry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/28/2010

    " Loved it and am very proud to have finished my goal of reading (at least once) all Dickens novels. "

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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

Paul Scofield is noteworthy for his striking presence and distinctive voice. He won a Tony Award for his role in A Man for All Seasons, and an Academy Award for the same role in the film adaptation.