Dombey and Son

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’ classic tale of family and power. Read by Andrew Sachs. Dombey and Son are both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens’ novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially. Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love. Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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GREAT READ. WELL WORTH THE $$$

Would you consider the audio edition of Dombey and Son to be better than the print version?

DEFINITELY, COULD LISTEN WHILE DOING DISHES, LAUNDRY, ETC. COULD REALLY GET INTO THE BOOK AND ACTUALLY BE THERE.


What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

LOVE HIS VOICE AND TYHE ACTION HE PLACES INTO EACH CHAPTER


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

HELD ME THROUGH THE ENTIRE READ.


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Another great narration by Andrew Sachs

Would you listen to Dombey and Son again? Why?

Let me address the elephant on the page before I say anything else. Why did I rate a 5 to both the performance and the story, but drop a star for the overall rating. It's a simple matter really, I'm not a fan of abridged books. Audio or otherwise. I prefer the story as written. While I a fan of Charles Dickens written, having read most of his works, I am now listening for personal reasons. That is to hear various narrators perform audio versions of Dickens work as a way to hear how it is done by a wide variety of narrators. I have several novels by Dickens done by different narrators. As an audio book narrator myself, it is always good to be listening to as many books as possible.


What did you like best about this story?

Andrew Sachs, once I stumbled upon him, has become one of my favorite audio book narrators. Andrew disappears into the story and to the characters. When he reads, there is no Andrew, there is only the story. This is the work of a master storyteller.


Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is possibly the 6th work by Andrew Sachs I have in my collection. I have no favorites, well, perhaps Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He tells each story in the voice it needs. The characters are well rounded...no "phoning in" by Andrew.


Any additional comments?

I do hope that one day I, using either my given name, or my nom de guerre of Scott MacDonald, that I can be as good a narrator as people like Andrew Sachs. (RIP) He doesn't know it, but I consider him as a mentor.

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- Scott F Feighner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd