Martin Chuzzlewit

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 35 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wealthy and old, Martin Chuzzlewit, Sr. is surrounded by greedy relatives hoping to obtain a portion of his estate upon his death. Of his two descendants, born and bred in the same heritage of selfishness, one, Martin Jr., has the good fortune to transform, while the other, Jonas, does not and receives a fatal penalty.

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What the Critics Say

"Davidson's fully voiced reading is marvelous and adds a great deal to the as-if spoken prose style in which it is written." (KLIATT)

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Wit as never before Chuzzled

Yes, Fred Davidson's voice is a little surprising at first. He settles down by the second part, however, and so far as OLD Martin Chuzzlewit's voice is concerned, Dickens described it as similar to the creaking of the pub-sign, and therefore here it is bravely dramatized. There is a clarity to the reading which is very refreshing and as I listened to this whilst driving I found myself frequently driving slower to prolong the enjoyment. So, RoSPA, how about that for an idea: story-telling in cars reduces speeds and therefore accidents?!
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- Alec

Not my favourite, but still thoroughly enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to Martin Chuzzlewit the most enjoyable?

I probably would have given up on this novel within the first couple of chapters if I were reading it. I really needed it bringing to life by Frederick Davidson. I have learned with Charles Dickens later novels, by which I mean post Nicholas Nickleby, to persevere and the effort will be well rewarded and that was the case here.


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Mark Tapley, I wish I had a bit more of his attitude, optimism, humour and good nature!


Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favourite?

Oh definately Seth Pecksniff!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way Tom Pinch was exploited by Pecksniff was deplorable


Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure about the American visit, it was clever, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the novel and found it a bit too satirical and, frankly, a bit hypocritical coming from an Englishman!

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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.