Bleak House

Bleak House

Streaming Audiobook - 2018
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Charles Dickens, at the height of his creative powers in this great work, pursues two great themes: the murky institutional fog that darkens and cripples all of England, symbolized by the endless litigation of the Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce case in the High Court of Chancery, and the familiar Dickensian concern with the capricious treatment and maltreatment of children as exemplified by the pitiful castoff Jo and the overindulged Harold Skimpole. The story that carries these themes takes the form of a compelling mystery, a romantic tangle of trails followed by three vivid sleuths: the opportunistic Guppy, the sinister Tulkinghorn, and the benevolent Bucket. Only through the skill of Dickens can artfully constructed mystery so intensify and illuminate stringent social commentary. This portrait of London society is often regarded as Dickens' best.
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Characteristics: 3h 1m 0s


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Dec 07, 2020

I made it through this 3 hour narration - still don't see the popularity among Victorian readers, but at least now I know the characters and the story. Maybe the characters were all based on real people and every phrase was dripping with slings and arrows... and in the year 2020 we miss all the fun? And, I finally found Bucket!

Made it through 10 hours of 39 of the full audiobook..
Not fun. Too many characters, don’t care about any of them.
NEVER found Inspector Bucket...! The inspector in Tim Mason’s “The Darwin Affair” was based on Inspector Bucket, and the real London Inspector Field.
The reader sounds stuffy and pompous.
There are better things out there to read while I’m fritting my life away on bleak writing.


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