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Bleak house
Charles Dickens
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Bleak House is such a natural for audio that it comes as no surprise to read in Peter Ackroyd's biography of Dickens that he himself read it aloud to Wilkie Collins and his own family. No matter how good he was as a readerÄand he did go on to present public readings regularly after thisÄDickens could not have performed better than Robert Whitfield does here. With a motley cast of characters to challenge the skill of any narrator, his brilliant dramatizations range from a homeless street urchin to an arrogant barrister, from a canny old windbag to a high-minded heroine who deserves the happy ending Dickens affords her. Whitfield is also as persuasive as the indignant voice of the author himself, attacking both the injustice of the law and the cruel indifference of society. This may be one of the most Dickensian novels Dickens ever wrote. Highly recommended.ÄJo Carr, Sarasota, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Esther Summerson
Age: 20
Sent to live with a guardian after the aunt who raised her passed away; discovers she is Lady Dedlock's illegitimate daughter.

Leicester Dedlock
Owns his ancestral home in rural Lincolnshire and also a place in London.

Honoria Dedlock
Leicester's wife; has an illegitimate daughter from when she was younger.

John Jarndyce
Legal guardian of Esther, Ada, and Richard; involved in a long complicated legal suit which involved an inheritance.

Ada Clare
John's ward and Richard's wife.

Richard Carstone
John's ward; insecure; unsure of his future; spends time on John Jarndyce's legal suit; secretly married Ada.

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