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Our Mutual Friend (BBC Classic Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 2 Mar 1998


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563557206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563557203
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 11 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.


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"The fact that Dickens is always thought of as a caricaturist, although he was constantly trying to be something else, is perhaps the surest mark of his genius." --George Orwell --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A sophisticated mystery, a love story and a tale of the corruptive power of wealth. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2008
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I have to admit I didn't immediately feel convinced by this reading, as the author of the first review clearly did.

But after a while, my god it grew on me. Timson is extraordinarily good at getting Dickens' way of writing to work, read out loud. I really felt like I was getting some insight into what it must have been like at the time, hearing Dickens himself read out his new novel.

Timson has a great ear for the different characters, and you immediately fall in love with the Boffins in particular. And he makes the opening scene with the tides of the Thames seem deeply sinister.

£38 might seem like a lot for a book but it is about seven weeks of solid entertainment if you drive half an hour a day... Much better than a random night at the theatre you might not even like.

The best thing about it is that it's completely unabridged. So you get every single little detail of the novel - and you can drink it in with so much pleasure (and leisure) because someone else is reading it to you. Rarely have I listened to an audiobook which so much reminded me of the delights of having a bedtime story when i was little. Really good, v v v v v recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2011
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This last year I have been engaged in reading all of Dickens' novels as he wrote them, so 'Our mutual friend' should have been the last to read but for some reason or other I skipped A Tale of Two Cities (Oxford World's Classics) along the way. But apart from that it has been a glorious experience and a journey fully worth taking. All of his novels share certain characteristics but also have their own special appeal, and 'Our mutual friend' is no exception.

In fact, I found this novel one of the most disturbing of them all. The plot itself is fairly straightforward: John Harmon has been living abroad for years separated from his miserly father, but now that this father has died John Harmon travels to London to find that even from beyond the grave his father continues to taunt him: in order to inherit his father's vast fortune, John must marry a particular girl (Bella Wilfer). If he does not, he inherits nothing. However, by a freak accident a murdered man is mistaken for John Harmon which allows John to assume another name and personality and observe Bella Wilfer without her knowing who he is: is she worth having? And what if she isn't? Now that in itself is surely a disturbing conundrum, and not just to John Harmon. What of Bella Wilfer? Should she not feel that this will turns her into a sort of product to be bought and sold? If she accepts John Harmon, won't people think she took him for the money? And if she refuses him, will not many consider her a silly girl? Is it still possible to come to an honest decision about a suitor, knowing that you'll be not only marrying him but also his money?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2009
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Charles Dickens begins and ends his book, which he wrote late in his career, with assembled members of `society', an institution for which he has little regard. His real interest is in the lower-middle rank of people, such as lawyers, schoolteachers and young people with either not enough or too much money, and the working poor. There is much sentiment expended on those deserving members of the poor who are able to fend for themselves, but there is equal vilification of people who end up on the wrong side of the law. Everything with Dickens has a moral dimension.

In this novel Dickens actually gives two women leading roles and others supporting roles that display them as thinking creatures rather than blowsy grotesques or silly taffy-heads. Bella Wilfer, by far the most attractive of Dickens's heroines, begins by thinking that money will solve all her problems, but proves to have a heart of gold once it is touched by love. Having read a Dickens novel, one seems beset by the clichés and the pleasantries that pepper his prose like grapeshot! It is attractive, lucid writing, with a kind of shorthand of the writerly vanities built in. Seductive and charming as this style is, one does tend to helplessly go along with the flow.

I have to say I was charmed and seduced, almost against my will, as time and again Dickens wasted paragraphs of his talent and wit on rather makeweight scenes. Nevertheless, his portraits are strong and persuasive. The names are suggestive of the psychologicial types - Bradley Headstone the schoolmaster/murderer; Mr and Mrs Boffin, the upper-working class gentle-people, Veneering and his wife, the noveau-riche dilettantes; Lizzie Hexam, the working-class girl made good; the society buffers, Twemlow, Boots and Brewer; Jenny Wren the crippled little doll's dressmaker.

It is all exceedingly good reading, with a surprisingly clever twist in the tale. Wonderful, character-driven, highly-charged, late Victoriana.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookelephant on 30 Sept. 2009
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I am a complete fusspot when it comes to readings of classics - and this is one of the very best. The language is beautifully honoured, and the individual characters superbly brought out.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2010
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I have to admit that of all Dickens' novels this is probably the one that I have read the most. This was his last completed novel and he shows an amazing insight into society and its workings, as well as psychological analysis. It also has some of the darkest humour of any of his novels.

When a body is fished out of the Thames it is presumed to be that of John Harmon, a beneficiary under the Harmon will, providing he marries a certain woman. With John Harmon out of the picture the Boffins' inherit and really are at a loss what to do with their inheritance. Mr Boffin wishes to learn to read and is imposed upon by one scallywag.

There is a lot to take in here, and of course there are the brilliant characters that only Dickens could invent. Of course there is quite a convoluted plot as with all Dickens' works, but remember this was originally published serially in parts and you had to have a 'hook' to get readers to buy the next installment. But mainly the novel is about the role money plays in society, and about rebirth. This is probably the most sophisticated of all his works and may help to give a glimpse into how his last unfinished novel may have proceeded.
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