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A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

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  • Wendy Lohse
  • 01/10/2012

Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This book was first written as a monthly serial over 20 months. Twenty episodes for 20 days perhaps. Or, if you are like me, you'll forgo sleep and listen to all. Then listen again, several times over, to catch the parts missed whilst dozing the first few times. Dickens writing is meant to be spoken. Hilarious characters beautifully exaggerated - or are they - abound here. The most decent of characters. And the most vile. My greatest reason for recommending this book is that the two readers really demonstrate Dickens intent when he gave Bleak House two narrators, the unknown onlooker telling in the present tense; and Esther, around whom all of the stories are woven. Poverty, wealth, class systems, skullduggery, robbery and murder are all given centre stage. Personalities galore.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Dedlock is perhaps the most intriguing to me. I don't understand her loyalty to her awful husband, Sir Leicester Dedlock. Perhaps it's gratitude that he married her despite her past, though he knows nothing of it. She's awful. She's snooty. She's breakable. She's smart. She's discerning. She's drawn to beauty. She's conceited. Her husband is quite a bit older and very wealthy. Her deceit is so complete that she believes it herself. Most of the time. An occasional sensitivity is revealed.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

Narrator Sean Barrett is witness to the events that run almost parallel to Esther's own memoir. Both readers were called upon to animate, and maintain, the voices of a huge variety of characters. Sometimes the voices are whining and irritating. Sometimes, seductive and warm. As are the characters. I particularly enjoyed Teresa Gallagher's interactions between Esther and Charley, the thirteen year old orphan girl who leaves her six year old brother Tom to take care of their baby sister while she goes to work as a laundress and is later employed by Mr Jarndyce to be Esther's maid. Her portrayal of Esther's voice throughout is easy and confident, warm and chatty at times. Formal at other times. Thoroughly enjoyable. Sean Barrett's dialogues between Lady Dedlock and Mr Tulkinghorn, given the opposing attitudes of the adversaries and the undercurrent of intent, are excellent spoken civilly in a respectably soft volume. But it is Sean Barrett's own voice as the narrator that is most commanding.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Take your chances in the Court of Chancery

Any additional comments?

Many hours of thoroughly enjoyable listening.

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  • KTMak
  • 25/08/2011

WONDERFUL NARRATIONS!

I am delighted to now be enjoying the narrations from the talented multi voiced Sean Barrett and sweetly nuanced Teresa Gallagher for a wonderful book from Charles Dickens. For American ears, I believe this edition is the best from Audible when you are planning to spend approximately 40 hours listening to a hefty classic on the 19th century Bristish legal system -- a "dry" subject in anyone's hands but Dickens. After real difficulty understanding the meaning, even for 4-5 star rated editions and with text in hand, I asked Audible for the first time in 10 years to delete purchased editions from my Library for BLEAK HOUSE because the affected accents interferred with listening. I am so glad I pursued it until finding these two talented narrators - as you will be.

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  • JAO22314
  • 29/12/2011

Terrific Narration!!

This is one of Dickens' more meandering books, but the narration was truly remarkable and made this a great "read".

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  • Dave
  • 11/07/2012

Dickens at his best!

Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

I highly recommend this book. I don't repeat listening to audio books, but this doesn't reflect on my total satisfaction with this story. I have been on a Dickens blitz lately listening to 8 Dickens' novels and Bleak House ranks among the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The essential problem is that Dickens has so many rich characters that it is impossible to choose one. Do I pick the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson or the friendly John Jarndyce? Is it Dr. Woodcourt or George Rouncewell? That's the point about Dickens - there are too many great characters to choose from. If I must choose it would be Esther. I like Dickens' female characters (e.g. Florence in Dombey & Son). She is among the best - strong in adversity, faithful to her beliefs, committed to those dear to her and high minded in her actions. And she is charming.

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

George Rouncewell by Sean Barrett and Esther by Teresa Gallagher. I enjoyed both narrators, but I must add that a male narrator does a better job on female characters than a female narrator does on male characters, if that makes sense. Ms Gallagher is fine as Esther but not so with male characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As in all Dickens' novels, there are high moments of laughter and sadness.

Any additional comments?

Bleak House has sub-plots and minor themes, but the primary focus is Dickens' criticism of the British judiciary system, notably the Court of the Chancery. What is quite revealing and despairing is that the judicial systems of today have not changed that much; there is a law for the rich and another for the poor.

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  • Mike
  • 28/08/2011

Challanging project, satisfying results

The use of dual narration is particularly satisfying in this long, complex but thoroughly satisfying book as I read through the entire series of Dickens novels. I particularly looked forward to Teresa Gallagher's clear, compelling well flowing narration. While Sean Barrett clearly differentiated his characters, following the presumably authentic accents of some characters was a real challenge in some chapters. That is as much a function of my U.S. English-trained ear than the narration, although I would have wished for a bit of compromise on the authenticity in the interest of clarity in a few cases. Both narrators appropriately and helpfully understated the melodrama that is rampant in the plot, typical of novels of the era. On a technical note, it would be useful if Audible would list Chapter numbers on the MP3 printed menus to help us find our place.

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  • Rebecca
  • 18/08/2012

Narration brings characters to life

At first the thought of reading a criticism of the legal system in England in the mid 1800s sounds bleak indeed.

I was taken by both of the narrators immediately. Teresa Gallagher made Esther's narrative lively, and Sean Barrett as the omnicient narrative did the same. As with many Dickens novels, "Bleak House" is full of fabulous characters (major and minor), dialogue and a story that twists and turns to its conclusion.

Expect a range of emotion, happiness, gratitude, shame and grief. Dickens' stories are classic and timeless.

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  • Bonny
  • 23/08/2013

Great story & excellent narrators

I am quite partial to Simon Vance's narrations of Dickens, so I hesitated on buying anything other than his. I was convinced by the reviews and am very glad I chose this version. Both narrators are marvelous, especially Teresa Gallagher. It's a great story and a heartbreaking indictment of the British legal system in Dickens's time; this may make it sound dull, which it is not in the least.

I recommend listening to this and watching the PBS "Bleak House" production from 2005 (with Anna Maxwell Martin, and available on Netflix streaming). It allows you to absorb the story on several levels. I was sorry when the whole experience was over!

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  • Leah
  • 04/01/2013

Dickens - a Genius

Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

I am actually listening to it again and again, sampling some of my favorite chapters. Now that I understand the plot and the story, it is a thrill to go back and see how carefully strands were woven together and how masterly the descriptions and social commentary.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had many favorite characters, among them, Guppy, Krook, and George.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first one. I'd like to hear more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted it to last as long as possible, so I lingered.. but it was gripping and a real "page turner".

Any additional comments?

I'm going to get more Dickens!

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  • Rose Gabaeff
  • 11/10/2012

Fantastic reading of an amazing classic!

What did you love best about Bleak House?

Bleak House is a wonderful book, full of some of the most vibrant characters and subplots anywhere. These readers bring it to life and make it easy to follow and fun to listen to. A joy from beginning to end!

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  • Andre
  • 31/12/2015

Writing shines in Bleak House

Where does Bleak House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bleak House is one of the best and most complex audiobooks I have listened to so far. Dickens is in top form here.

What other book might you compare Bleak House to and why?

Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, strangely enough. The Jarndyce and Jarndyce chancery suit has a corrupting influence on everybody. Nobody, particularly Richard, escapes unscathed. Every time a character said, "My precious," I thought of Gollum and wondered if Tolkien read this book

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

Inspector Bucket is the first investigator in English literature. He cast a long shadow over Sherlock Holmes and other detectives that followed in his wake. I thrilled at his juicy dialogue and keen intellect. He made the later half of the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only extreme reaction I had was over how good it was. I kept saying, "I can't believe Dickens wrote that." His writing reached its peak in this book.

Any additional comments?

A long book, but well worth it. I can see why critics state that Bleak House is Dickens best book. This is a must read if you hope to appreciate his writings beyond Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. He adds a few twists to this novel and made them work. You will be rewarded if you read this.

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