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Bleak House is a satirical look at the Byzantine legal system in London as it consumes the minds and talents of the greedy and nearly destroys the lives of innocents--a contemporary tale indeed. Dickens's tale takes us from the foggy dank streets of London and the maze of the Inns of Court to the peaceful countryside of England. Likewise, the characters run from murderous villains to virtuous girls, from a devoted lover to a "fallen woman," all of whom are affected by a legal suit in which there will, of course, be no winner. The first-person narrative related by the orphan Esther is particularly sweet. The articulate reading by the acclaimed British actor Paul Scofield, whose distinctive broad English accent lends just the right degree of sonority and humor to the text, brings out the color in this classic social commentary disguised as a Victorian drama. However, to abridge Dickens is, well, a Dickensian task, the results of which make for a story in which the author's convoluted plot lines and twists of fate play out in what seems to be a fast-forward format. Listeners must pay close attention in order to keep up with the multiple narratives and cast of curious characters, including the memorable Inspector Bucket and Mr. Guppy. Fortunately, the publisher provides a partial list of characters on the inside jacket. (Running time: 3 hours; 2 cassettes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bleak House is such a natural for audio that it comes as no surprise to read in Peter Ackroyd's biography of Dickens that he himself read it aloud to Wilkie Collins and his own family. No matter how good he was as a readerAand he did go on to present public readings regularly after thisADickens could not have performed better than Robert Whitfield does here. With a motley cast of characters to challenge the skill of any narrator, his brilliant dramatizations range from a homeless street urchin to an arrogant barrister, from a canny old windbag to a high-minded heroine who deserves the happy ending Dickens affords her. Whitfield is also as persuasive as the indignant voice of the author himself, attacking both the injustice of the law and the cruel indifference of society. This may be one of the most Dickensian novels Dickens ever wrote. Highly recommended.AJo Carr, Sarasota, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think this may be the first Dickens book I have read besides Christmas Carol. I didn't realize it was 1,000 pages when I bought it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by John Oconnor
Dickens had the gift of delving into the various characters of humanity. Like a developing flower, expressing joys and tragedy, this book may be perhaps verbose for some, but it... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Susan Douglass
Great reading. Entertaining, insightful and always relevant. There isn't much distance between the Dickensian world and ours.Published 12 days ago by Esther M. Vidaurreta
The plot of Bleak House is as complicated as a bowl of hot steaming spaghetti noodles. That is to say I really liked it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Curious Kitty
Great book if you like one that develops the characters so that you feel like you know them. Plot twists and turn and seemingly insignificant people have a part in the big... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Robert N Parks
There is much to recommend this book. Foremost to me is the simple pleasures of it. We are not talking about soaring prose or mighty themes, but the bitter agony and joyful bliss... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Nemo
This novel, of all the works by Dickens, displays the depth of character and the intricacies of plot that the others might aspire to when not seeking other ambitions. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Paul P. Mannino