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Extended Audio Sample Our Mutual Friend Audiobook, 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: February 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Beth | 1/27/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/26/2014

    " Dickens brings it again. This is the ninth Dickens work I have read and it sits miles above his other works, maybe up there with Bleak House. Unforgettable characters, unlikely villains, a basic plot but one that keeps interest throughout, and a river that weaves its way through the story sopping through the sordid and the meaningful. As much the journey as the destination, this work is an experience in true Dickensian form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Conroy | 1/24/2014

    " This is the ninth Dickens novel I've read, and it ranks highly. I read it faster than several of the others, which helped me keep focus: this is a particularly intricate story. The characters are not so fleshed out as in some of his other novels, though. Jenny Wren is adorable, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell Olson | 1/17/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 1/16/2014

    " Twining river run of plots spins darkly with sparkle and dust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/26/2013

    " One of my favorite Dickens novels. The complexities of the convoluted plot are tied together so well, even with all the false identities, faked deaths, and other intrigues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alix | 12/25/2013

    " The ending was a little too Dickens-ey "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/16/2013

    " Moody, dense look at Dickens's London characters. The city and river as wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 12/2/2013

    " There sure are a lot of coincidences in this book. But, I don't really mind. I enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 11/2/2013

    " What a strange book. My English professor said he chose it because it's the only Dickens novel that the Cliffs Notes people haven't been able to figure out yet. Sometimes the characters are people, and sometimes they are furniture. Brilliant but very confusing at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/29/2013

    " This is my favorite Dickens book...one of my all-time favorite books period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 9/19/2013

    " 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 Jen | 9/16/2013

    " This was by far one of the best books I've ever read, what a beautiful story, and as it is Dickens' last completed novel it really shows what an incredible writer of literature he had become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MeiLin Miranda | 8/30/2013

    " An often savagely funny observation of Victorian double standards, this sprawling novel (I believe his last) has little of his sentimentality and much of his humor, edged with bitterness. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sacha | 6/22/2013

    " I love reading this book. There are so many intertwining plots! If you are a slow reader or just want to understand what is going on a bit more, then I recommend watching the movie first. The movie is so great, though quite long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janette Wright | 5/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dprestwood | 4/13/2013

    " Almost through, but so far it's what you'd expect from classic Dickens.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 3/21/2013

    " This is Dickens at his best. He weaves a story of interesting characters and sinister plots. I just revisited this one again, and I loved it even more the second time through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Adams | 12/23/2012

    " Good, as always...but doesn't qualify as a Dickens favorite for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/21/2012

    " Read for college Victorian Garbage course "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 6/30/2012

    " This is one of the best books I have ever read. Dickens is clearly a master craftsman; the story at every point is juicy, surprising and fulfilling. Our Mutual Friend should be a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Nielson | 3/21/2012

    " I can say nothing better than Dickens, so I will not try. "

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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.