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Publisher's Summary

Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor’s prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.
Public Domain (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“One of the most significant works of the nineteenth century.” (Lionel Trilling)
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4 out of 5 stars
By eva on 09-17-12

Gripping

If you could sum up Little Dorrit in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, fluent, beautiful.

What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why?

Nicholas Nickelby. Both have characterisations that are descriptively magnificent and story lines that 'race' along in a linguistically serpentine adventure.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

William Dorrit ( little Dorrit's father).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Funny .......but yes if the truth must be known I have taken to extra long walks just to listen.

Any additional comments?

Charles Dickens is my penchant at the moment. Simon Vance has made the journey just that much more colorful.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DFK on 06-16-17

The plot is quite convoluted, Vance is great

I don't want to spoil the end for those of you who don't know how Dickens wraps up this story. So I'll just say that I found it quite convoluted, pulling things from a hat - coincidences that are even beyond the typical 19th century coincidences in literature. I also wasn't enamored with the main character, Little Dorrit. She was too selfless. Hillel wisely said "If I am not for myself, who would be for me" - you have to take care of yourself, too. The commandment to love your fellow as yourself means that you have to love yourself first. Little Dorrit is held up as an ideal, and I would consider her psychologically damaged (and there are certainly reasons to be found). In fact, each of the characters could be discussed in depth, and that is what makes this book, in spite of its far-fetched plot devices, very good literature, worth reading (or better, listening to - hey, this is Audible!) Some of the characters are quite amusing, and Dickens, as always, develops them well. And of course, his writing is always a pleasure. But, by far, my favorite parts are the descriptions of the Circumlocution Office. This is simply brilliant, and so entirely appropriate for any government bureaucracy, still so relevant.
Simon Vance is superb in his reading of the book. You can't get better, and he does a wonderful job of portraying each character, and giving each one his/her own voice.
If you like Dickens, you'll like this book, but I would not suggest it as a first introduction to Dickens.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachael on 12-24-12

Wonderful story, brilliantly narrated

Yet another Dickens classic! I thoroughly loved the story of Little Dorrit! It's long, yes and very descriptive, but it's so wonderfully brought to life by Simon Vance's excellent narration and characterisation that I just melted into their world and was happily carried along with the tale. I shall certainly look for other stories read by him as he certainly brought the magic of Little Dorrit to life - enjoy!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 07-09-13

Magical Dickens

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this is an intriguing story with lots of wonderful characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Dickens has extend the innocence and evil to the utmost, making both even more intriguing than ever.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

What a master story teller, and what a beautiful tone of voice. I love his subtle, almost gentle, dramatisation. This man could read horror stories to children at bedtime and generate only wonder and awe.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Little Dorrit - innocence and courage.

Any additional comments?

The combination of Dickens wonderful characters and Simon Vance's narration make this one of the best versions of this intriguing tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 08-22-16

Excellent reading of a great story

An excellent reading and characterisation of a great story with contemporary relevance. Required reading for anyone studying economics and economic history.

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