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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as Dicken's "masterpiece among masterpieces" for its social indictment and sense of humanity, Little Dorrit is both an examination of Victorian England and a surprising love story.

This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation recreates the author's mid-19th Century London, in particular the East London area of Marshalsea. Drawing upon his own father's imprisonment in Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, Dickens placed the institution firmly in the heart of the novel when telling the story of Amy Dorrit.

The youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, Amy is born in Marshalsea prison. She and her father are befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs "little Dorrit" as a seamstress. The fortunes of the Dorrits undergo an extreme change when William inherits a fortune, and the family moves to Italy.

Back in England, Arthur Clennam finds himself the victim of a massive fraud and ends up in Marshalsea. There he is found by Little Dorrit, whose fortune has had no effect on her generosity and humility. Arthur realises that she loves him, but it is not until the Dorrit fortune is lost that the two of them can be united at last.

Peopled with Dickens' usual host of memorable characters, the author's mix of satire and genuine sentiment has made this one of his best-loved works.

Public Domain (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Dickens comes to life

BBC full-cast dramatizations are usually a treat, and this one is no exception. If you are interested in experiencing Dickens in a manageable form --- some unabridged readings are in excess of 30 hours long --- this might be a good choice. I enjoyed it very much.

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another great dickens adapation

i thoroughly enjoyed this dramatisation. i have already listened to it twice. it captures the essence of the book without getting too wordy or tedious. i am also currently listening ro the unabridged reading of the book.

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must have in your library! great book for all ..

To all of Charlie's Dickson fans or who is just starting a collection of great books. what a great audio the characters are great for each dickson's fans you won't be disappointed... a great book for all who like dramatized books.

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  • 12-15-15

Great Dramatization

I love this book, this story. The cart is so wonderful. The acting, the narration, the direction, the music, all are brilliant. A great work of art. Every time I listen to it, I fall in love with it. Kudos! Great production!

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Good story

Very nice story by great awesome, Charles Dickens
If you are interested in literature please consider Reading this

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NZ 2009

I enjoyed listening to this dramatised version of Little Dorit, made it easy to visualise the story and the setting. Easy Listening

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  • 03-06-15

Dramatised Masterpiece

A very good job was done in terms of script, music and cast! As good as a film!

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  • 02-06-15

Excellent Full Cast One Hundred Percent

Little Dorrit is one of those little treasure's a pure piece of professional theatre at the press of a button. Four hours forty mins of pure delight.

We are given Victorian theatre by a full cast who live up to Dickens characters with aplomb. You can feel each one. The story moves along nicely & all is excellent. Narrator to over speak the story as characters
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I have all of these Dickens productions in my Collection & each one is a credit in themselves. I doubt we shall have such a wonderful set for a long while. Classic actors in classic Dickens.

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  • Julia Brown
  • 11-07-11

Worth a go

This dramatisation is good and it made a change to listen to a abridged drama rather than the full on unabridged version. The sound effects bring the story to life.

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  • Jules
  • 12-09-21

Love it

Have listened to this at least three times over the years. Great atmospherics due to recording on location. Great diction.

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  • Rachel OK
  • 08-27-16

Absolutely Brilliant

This is an abridged dramatisation, with certain characters left out, but still extremely enjoyable.

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  • Dan
  • 10-27-18

Nice little story

Not much to say really, I’m sure everyone knows the story. Whoever played Dorrit has a very nice voice and the performance of Mrs Clennam was brilliant!

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  • Lyn Whitfield
  • 04-24-17

old fashioned and pedestrian adaptation of a class

Love Little Dorrit but this dramatisation is showing it's age. Pedestrian cut. Studio effects. "BBC" voices RPing along. Disappointing.