Martin Chuzzlewit

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by George Hagan
  • 39 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Originally serialized between 1843-1844, Dickens' story tells of Martin, the grandson of old Martin Chuzzlewit, who is rich but has become bittter due to the greed of his kin. Young Martin is initially selfish but through hard labour and the positive and cheerful influence of his servant, Tapley, becomes decent.The novel is broken up into segments by young Martin's voyage to seek his fortune in America. This allowed the author to satirically portray the US. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.


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As an avid admirer of all things Dickens, I was very sorry to have purchased this particular copy of his book Martin Chuzzlewit. I can only assume the 5 stars given to it by others is due entirely to the actual novel itself and not the presentation of it. However the recording is so poor (audible page turning at regular intervals) ect. that I was unable to continue listening to it past the first section. George Hagan does an average job of creating voices, but I have had many more readers who make Dickens really come alive. I am going to listen to this book again, as I love Dickens, but not this edition of it.
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- Mary

Put your glasses on, George

Having recently listened to Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, and Our Mutual Friend (been on a Dickens kick) as unabridged audiobooks ordered from Audible and been quite pleased with them, I am equally unhappy with this one. Luckily, it didn't cost much!

The voice characterizations are decent (even good in cases like Bailey Jr.), but the misspeaks are inexcusable. At the very least, Mr. Hagan reads incorrectly then goes back to correct himself 3 or 4 times per chapter, sometimes considerably more. Plus, there are inexplicable pauses of 5 seconds or more at times.

The company that produced this recording needs to get George some new glasses, hire a new sound editor, or both.
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- Keith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB