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Download Our Mutual Friend Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, Dickens' last completed novel portraying a dark, macabre London. Read by Robert Hardy. Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - Old Harmons' profitable dust heaps - and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg.

The novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and the corrupting power of money.

Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

PLEASE NOTE: This recording has been pulled from the Penguin Archives so the quality will not be the same as modern recordings.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherri | 2/17/2014

    " Charles Dickens out did himself with this book. I really enjoyed the twist of events in this book. It is almost 800 pages. I saw the movie first then read the book and couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/11/2014

    " I feel like a cheat for taking an abridged version of the novel. I considered stopping the audio and going back to the library for the full text. But the voice characterizations were so well done that I plowed through the 9 CD set quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the memorable characters. I presume that any loose-ends are the fault of the editor rather than the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kellie Hendricks | 2/1/2014

    " I have to admit, I didn't get into this book until after page 200. By page 300 I was completely engrossed and couldn't put it down. This was loooooooong read- over 800 pages- but very well done (of course it was, it's a Dickens Novel!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorite books. An often overlooked masterpiece. "

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