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You'd think that with the title Bleak House and a length of 30 hours it would be deadly. Actually it has an engaging story, plus fascinating insights into the legal "system" of 19th century England. You keep wishing people would get smart and that the absurdity of the legal system would be cured, but everyone seems to keep hurtling toward their fates.
As always, Robert Whitfield does a great job of reading. Giving different voices to different characters in such a complicated book helps the reader/listener keep them all straight.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
One of my favorite Dicken's novels. The characters are vibrant, engaging, and funny in the usual Dickens' satirical way. The reader presents them as if he loves (or at least thoroughly understands) each one. He reads the lengthy, pedantic and sometimes silly author's commentary so seriously, so much as though he agreed wholeheartedly with every word, that you sometimes feel you have Dickens in to your house for a personal recital. But, the sound is so distorted, so unclear in spots, so variable in volume, that it is difficult to appreciate the story at times.
Still, there are real benefits to making the effort to listen to (and read) this novel. It was during the listening to this novel that I discovered my idea of the overall theme of all of Dicken's novels.
It is a novel that every lawyer should read and every person contemplating using a lawyer. I'm not saying that the modern legal system is exactly like this, but some of the similarities are amazing.
If the audio was cleaned up, this Audiobook would rate a 5+ in my opinion.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
In my view, this is Dickens at his best. Well plotted, superb charaters, brilliant depiction of Victorian England with some vey fine comedy (Don't be put off by the title).
A great reading with lively and well distinguished charaterisations.
Loses one star because sound quality is poor in some early chapters (the original tapes have print through which is audible throughout).
Don't miss this - and enjoy comparing your vision with BBC1's interpretation.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Is a thoroughly good read and I had some concerns at how I would find the audio version but I need not have worried, the reader choosen does full justice to this marvellous mysterious novel from little Esther's first appearance to Miss Flyte's birds flying free
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Vance is able to be varied without changing the feel of the story. And with so many characters in this book, his versatility helps to keep the characters clear.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful