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.
Dickens at his eloquent best gives us a wonderful cast of characters so credible they dance into the imagination from the voice of this excellent narrator. This story is almost forty hours long, but is compulsive listening throughout.
I am not a regular reader (listener) of classic literature but I found this great. A long story but I didn't want it to end, fantastic characters and a great storyline that kept me gripped. A great narrator, which makes the whole thing come together.
a long haul...
An overly long tale although George Hagen is the master of all narrators and saved me from bailing out half way through. The story is engaging with great characters (which are superbly drawn by George Hagan) although as already stated, the length of the book affected my enjoyment.
One for the most dedicated Dickens fan.