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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charles Dickens' classic novel of mystery, read by Alex Jennings. A body is found in the River Thames and is identified as John Harmon. He was due to inherit a great fortune on the condition that he marry a young woman called Bella Wilfer. And so the story begins and unravels and we are introduced to the mysterious John Rokesmith, Our Mutual Friend. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony | 2/18/2014

    " In my quest to read all of Dickens' novels in my lifetime I have now finished his last completed novel ('The Mystery of Edwin Drood' being unfinished), but must now return to Martin Chuzzlewit which I have not read at all. Our Mutual Friend is another Dickens novel with a familiar Hamlet's Ghost of a Will hanging over the protagonists. In this case the Will made by the cruel John Harmon who leaves his dust mounds to his son on condition that he marries the forechosen Bella Wilfer. As ever, in the image of 'the dust mountains', Dickens has come up with a symbol and metaphor for all earthly and futile wealth. If his son and heir is lost or will not marry Bella, the dust mountains will go to Harmon Snr's faithful employee Mr Boffin who in his elevation becomes known at 'The Golden Dustman'. We know of many 'golden dustmen' today in the guise of Chief Executives of large waste companies, quarriers and miners who forget the terrestrial origins of their wealth and sit as now in plush wood-panelled offices in lofty mountain retreats whilst their workers in poorer climes have barely sustenance to live and only polluted air to breathe. The working out of this plot in which the son finally wins his girl takes on the Shakespearean device of dissembling, whereby Harmon Jnr must disguise himself and belittle himself as Secretary to the default heir (Boffin) in order to observe and evaluate his inherited bride. In the sub-plot, in order to discuss the subject of love - a subject which at the time of writing paralleled his own affair with an actress (Ellen Ternan) we have pitched the diffident lawyer Eugene Wrayburn versus the worthy school master Bradley Headstone who fight for the pure and selfless Lizzie Hexam. The theme here is a social one - will Wrayburn's attraction to Lizzie make in her a fallen woman? The working of the plot allows Dickens to capture thw way in which such barriers were breaking down in Victorian society and that love across the social divide becomes possible. In a whole host of sub-plots Dickens creates the highly symphathetic character of Riah, a Jewish money-lender, who it becomes clear is being used as a front by his gentile minders to squeeze money from the debtors. The creation of Riah, it was aknowledged in his day, was to make amends for accusations that his creations of Fagin and Uriah Heep were anti-semitic. Of all the Dickens novels I have read - although some so long ago that I must start again - this novel contains, as has been commented by critics, more psychological study than earlier works - the portryal of Bradley Headstone's jealousy for example is as deeply discovered as Othello's, the motive and resolution of Eugene's love of the Waterman's daughter, so below his social status, but so magnetic to him. And none of this is to mention the extraordinary vivid and ever alive before us creations of The Doll's Dressmaker and Betty Higden. Certainly, for me, one of his greatest novels that never flags and that even towards its end does not, as I felt in 'Dombey & Son' rush towards its conclusion as if the author has suddenly lost interest in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Russell Olson | 2/13/2014

    " What a fantastic read. Wonderful characters, sometimes downright hilarious dialogue, heart, intrigue, stuffed frogs fencing...what more could you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christa | 1/31/2014

    " I think that I liked this best out of the Dickens books I've read so far (which is 3). On to the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate Smith | 12/30/2013

    " Very slow beginning but eventually got into the plots. It is typically Dickens which is verbous but glad I persevered!! "

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