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The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo. Secrets emerge, crimes are committed and love affairs bloom. But will anyone ever benefit from the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce?
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By Deborah on 12-31-09

Ideal as an audiobook

Dickens' novels are ideal as audiobooks -- with the right narrator. And this narrator is brilliant, bringing the large cast of characters to life, each with his or her own distinctive, appropriate, perfectly rendered voice. I have re-discovered Dickens since I joined audible.com, and I look forward to "reading" the next novel. They're all wise, witty, beautifully crafted stories that capture the age as well as tell the timeless truths of human nature.

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By John on 07-19-09

Audio Theater

The book is a classic and Hugh Dickson does a wonderful job of it. I have not heard the others, but Hugh does not disappoint and its enjoyable the whole way through. It's a long journey, so choose wisely.

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By Jane on 04-23-09

Bleak House far from bleak

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is beautifully read and I would love to hear more books by this narrator. The story is long and very convoluted, but Dickens has such a wry sense of humour and the subject matter is still so pertinent that it is well worth investing the time.

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By James on 02-02-10

Really worth it!

A fantastic book to listen to. The narrator is amazing and his range of voices made the listen even more enjoyable.

There is both sadness and joy in this book and story lines that keep you gripped. Although it is very long it really is worth it!

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By suesue on 09-25-17

Outstanding execution

Struggled at first to get into this novel but persevered and pleased that I did. A powerful novel with deep characters and told in a way that left me wanting more. The execution of this novel was outstanding and I look foward to listening to more of Hugh Dickson.

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By Rodney Hrvatin on 07-29-17

Wonderful performance

This is well worth the time. The many characters of this story are brought to life by the narrator with much humour and personality.
The story is long and involved but hearing the various characters brings the whole thing to life.

Highly recommended.

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