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Bleak House (version 4)

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By: (1812-1870)

Bleak house is one of Dickens finest achievements. It was written for serialisation in 1853 when Dickens was at the peak of his career. Monthly sales substantially exceeded his previous bestseller David Copperfield.

Dickens' mastery of the English language comes to the fore in this book. It is an energetic book: a complex mystery story revolving around the heroine Esther Summerson and her path from childhood to marriage. During the course of Esther’s narration Dickens introduces some wonderful and unforgettable characters, and at the same time provides a searing indictment of the laws’ corruption and self-serving interests which prevailed during that time. He pokes fun at the languid and landed aristocracy and questions the societal indifference to the poor. Detection, black comedy, farce, and tragic ruin run through the story. Critics at the time were unenthusiastic but the public were enthralled by it! - Summary by Peter John Keeble

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 9 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 5, 2021
Subject: Really well read...
Mil Nicholson is amazing but the book is very long and difficult to follow if listening in the car every so often. I did not enjoy the story but that is not what these reviews should be about. The reader is truly wonderful!
Reviewer: - August 20, 2019
Subject: Excellent
Reading by Mil Nicholson was wonderful. I’m amazed she could keep so many voices straight.
Reviewer: - April 8, 2018
Mil Nicholson's narration is pure gold!
Reviewer: - December 19, 2017
Subject: Loved It!
Great voices and passion.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2016
Subject: February 10, 2016
Wonderful! That's just all I have to say.
Reviewer: - September 22, 2015
Subject: Bleak House
Mil Nicholson brings this fantastic story to life. A great story deserves a great reader.
Reviewer: - November 6, 2013
Subject: Amazing reading!
Stupendous! Mil Nicholson brings Dickens' genius to life. No small feat.(Chapter 21 is especially brilliant.) Thank you so much.
Reviewer: - October 12, 2013
Subject: Bleak House
What a wonderful reader Mil Nicholson is! The perfect voice for this perfect novel.
Reviewer: - May 2, 2013
Subject: Bleak House
Excellent reading by Mil Nicholson

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