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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (23 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: August 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Harris | 12/21/2013

    " Dickens' last novel at the broadest level is a great treatise on the pursuit of money and the many ways that social class and wealth can play into shaping people and their character. However, the complex relationships, the many love interests and the evolution of moral development make this story an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coy | 12/7/2013

    " This book was a monster, but I am happy to announce, I've slayed the dragon. As Kenneth said, it doesn't get cooking until page 350 and it's a tough road to get there. Once one does though, it becomes good, an interesting novel. Dickens has a wonderful style, which I enjoy, but taking in this much style is like drinking out of a firehose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Cooper | 12/1/2013

    " I don't have much to add to Chesterton's (extremely interesting) review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Yamarik | 11/3/2013

    " refers to the baby as "the Inexhaustible", loved that! good read about corruption of money, lots of complicated plot interweavings of many characters, slow start, but picks up. . . great feeling of accomplishment when done "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/20/2013

    " I absolutely love Dickens characters. He takes the quirky things you find in everyone and he makes a character that is like those caracatures that an artist does at the fair where every notable feature is exagerated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette Wright | 7/22/2013

    " As one of Dickens' greatest fans I have to say this was FAR from his best work. Too long, too many characters, and lacked his usual insightful wit. The first Dickens I would not recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/6/2013

    " This is my favorite book by Charles Dickens "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 4/6/2012

    " Third time through this great book. I still can't decide whether this or Bleak House is my favorite. Probably not necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 3/5/2012

    " Excessively long. Interesting story but dragged on and tied up too neatly at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 2/12/2012

    " love it love it love "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Mary Myers | 12/2/2011

    " One of my two favorite Dicken's books. He had lots of experience by the time he wrote this book. It does have some of the "darkness", like A Tale of Two Cities, but he always had so much insight into the heart of humankind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick Brooke | 8/20/2011

    " This book was hysterical - loved it. First time I've picked up Mr. Dickens in 20 years. I downloaded the book for free to my Kindle. Life is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/2/2011

    " Still my favorite book by Dickens. Betty Higden, Lizzie Hexam, the whole lot of them still gets me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 6/22/2011

    " Read this a long time ago but it still lingers...
    I think I'm going to re-read it.
    They say that Dickens basically invented the movies because of the way he cross-cut scenes years before film came along.
    Anyway, I'll give it four stars now and re-assess when I'm done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/23/2011

    " So many interesting characters, almost too many to keep track of. Lots of stuff happening. I recommend not taking a week break while reading this novel. You could get lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/15/2011

    " Probably my favorite Dickens of all time. I've re-read many times. Amazing characters, delicious descriptions. I wish I could record the whole thing for my friends who still don't "get" Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/12/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed another audio book ready by Robert Whitfield. "

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

    " Among the best Dickens, along with "Bleak House" and "Little Dorrit."

    "I do not wish, she writes in her own handwriting, to regard myself, nor yet to be regarded, in that boney light." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/17/2011

    " Filled with wonderful Dickens characters and rich language, "

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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

Alex Jennings is an award-winning narrator and actor of stage and screen. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. As an actor, he enjoyed a highly successful run at the Old Vic in Too Clever by Half, for which he won an Olivier Award, the Drama Magazine Award, and the Plays and Players Award for Actor of the Year. He has also won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Peer Gynt. Among his numerous television credits are Inspector Alleyn, Hard Times, and the lead role in Bad Blood.