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Bleak House (newly annotated with critical introduction and preface) Kindle Edition

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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)

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1679 KB
  • Print Length: 796 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456335731
  • Publisher: doubleplus editions (December 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PVNCIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By putter on December 28, 2011
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This e-version of Dickens' novel comes up beautifully on the Kindle, all the formatting is perfect, and it has a concise, smart introduction. It does everything right: nothing gets in the way of the reading experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schoolmarm on December 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A great piece by a great author! Long, long, long! I was about half way through the book (I have a compulsion to finish any book I begin) before I discovered multiple plots and that not all the characters and situations in this novel are going to be connected. The primary focus of the book is a law suit, Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce. The case has been in court (chancery) for years. When finally ruled upon, the "winners" get nothing, because the estate was eaten up by legal fees. The lawsuit aside and the fact that the first 1 1/2 pages of the book is Dickens' description of mud, there are some real interesting sub-plot twists: small pox, illicit affairs producing offpsring, love, duty, etc. I was surprised that this book did indeed have a "happy" ending. Worth the 2267 pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Ficklen on March 9, 2012
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There are several reasons why this edition at 99 cents is a good deal, better than various free editions and the more expensive Vintage Classics edition. This Doubleplus edition features clean formatting, few, if any, typos or OCR artifacts, and hyperlinked chapters. It does not contain the original illustrations as do some other Kindle editions (neither does the Vintage edition). It also does not offer any hyperlinked footnotes in the text, as is so helpful in Penguin Classics.
This edition does feature, as an introduction, a very readable essay on Dickens by G.K. Chesterton. Overall, this edition is a better bargain than the Vintage Classics edition for Kindle, which normally sells for about $5.99. Celebrate the Dickens bicentennial with this tasty morsel.
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