John Harmon returns from exile expecting to receive an inheritance, but knows that he must marry a stranger, Bella Wilfer, in order to collect. He fakes his own death and takes on a new identity in order to observe her first. Some of the memorable characters in this, the last completed Dickens novel, include Bella who, unlike other Dickens heroines, cannot be accused of unnatural virtue; the insolent barrister Eugene Wrayburn; the amiable Boffin; and the rascal Silas Wegg.
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"With a cast of characters that covers the whole spectrum of London life, Dickens weaves a tapestry of tales that are by turn funny, moving and tragic." ( School Library Journal)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Keith on 03-01-10

Disappointing presentation

This ebook has turned out to be a very disappointing experience. The voice of Jim Killavey comes across as electronic as if being read by a computer - possibly because it was originally produced 20 years ago.

In addition Jim Killavey does not have the breadth of characterisation that one gets from, say, Martin Jarvis or Gerald Dickens. This is further complicated by the fact that it is read in American english and therefore the London accents, or for that matter pronunciations, do not come across. In some sections it gives the impression of taking place in the wild west.

Having said that the diction is clear and after a while I stopped trying to translate back into cockney.

With the benefit of hindsight I would have been better off with one of the other ebook presentations of Our Mutual Friend.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Choosy on 30-04-10

Very disappointed

Couldn't agree more with everything that Keith says. Well, it's taught me to listen every time to the samples. I just can't listen to this- so am going to pay again for another version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Glenn on 20-12-07

Great book

Great chacters as is always the case with Dickens and well read.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Louise M on 13-02-08

The Usual Dickens

The usual Dickens, which is to say, wonderful.
Some people may object to the fact that the reader is not British but I liked that. I find British accents, although creating a certain authenticity, draw too much attention to themselves and distract me from the meaning. I know many feel the opposite about this but, to each his own. If in doubt, listen to the sample first.

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