Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: BBC Audio
Reader: Ian McKellen, John Wood, Julian Wadham and Margaret Tyzack
Quality: 128 кбит/c, 44100 Гц, стерео
Size: 260 mb
Description: Hailed as Charles Dickens’ “Masterpiece among Masterpieces,” Little Dorrit is now available from BBC Audiobooks America as a vibrant full-cast dramatization. The timeless tale was adapted and recently aired as an 8-hour PBS drama in the Masterpiece Classics series (March 29 through April 26, 2009), and viewers who eagerly tuned in as that miniseries unfolds will delight in this audio adaptation starring Sir Ian McKellen.
This BBC Radio 4 dramatization 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 Williams inherits a fortune, and the family move 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 realizes 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, this mix of satire and genuine sentiment has made this one of his best-loved works.
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