Dombey and Son


Read by Mil Nicholson

(4.9 stars; 235 reviews)

Charles Dickens the author of Dombey and Son, originally wrote the book in installments which were published from October 1846 to April 1848 under the title Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation.

The story centers around Paul Dombey, the stern owner of the Firm. He is totally immersed in having his newly born son continue the business, and entirely neglects his daughter Florence. Tragedy occurs, and Florence’s plight worsens. As the years go by, Mr. Dombey sees to it that the man she loves, his employee, is sent far away. Mr Dombey remarries, but his marriage is eventually destroyed, his fortune gone, he becomes destitute. Finally he accepts help from his daughter, and life changes for him. Many wonderful characters interweave the tale, as in all Dickens literary masterpieces. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

(40 hr 21 min)

Chapters

Chapter 00: Prefaces of 1848 and 1867 3:57 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 01: Dombey and Son 34:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 02: In which Timely Provision is made for an Emergency that will someti… 34:21 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 03: In which Mr Dombey, as a Man and a Father, is seen at the Head of t… 31:42 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 04: In which some more First Appearances are made on the Stage of these… 36:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 05: Paul's Progress and Christening 51:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 06: Paul's Second Deprivation 55:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 07: A Bird's-eye Glimpse of Miss Tox's Dwelling-place; also of the stat… 15:30 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 08: Paul's further Progress, Growth, and Character 59:52 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 09: In which the Wooden Midshipman gets into Trouble 36:19 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 10: Containing the Sequel of the Midshipman's Disaster 35:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 11: Paul's Introduction to a New Scene 40:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 12: Paul's Education 50:15 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 13: Shipping Intelligence and Office Business 36:46 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 14: Paul grows more and more Old-fashioned. and goes Home for the holid… 1:03:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 15: Amazing Artfulness of Captain Cuttle, and a new Pursuit for Walter … 39:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 16: What the Waves were always saying 15:51 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 17: Captain Cuttle does a little Business for the Young People 31:59 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 18: Father and Daughter 49:07 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 19: Walter goes away 36:14 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 20: Mr Dombey goes upon a journey 40:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 21: New Faces 29:31 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 22: A Trifle of Management by Mr Carker the Manager 52:07 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 23: Florence solitary, and the Midshipman mysterious 59:34 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 24: The Study of a Loving Heart 31:22 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 25: Strange News of Uncle Sol 25:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 26: Shadows of the Past and Future 44:37 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 27: Deeper shadows 47:31 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 28: Alterations 28:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 29: The Opening of the Eyes of Mrs Chick 32:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 30: The Interval before the Marriage 41:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 31: The Wedding 46:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 32: The Wooden Midshipman goes to Pieces 49:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 33: Contrasts 37:14 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 34: Another Mother and Daughter 33:57 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 35: The Happy Pair 34:12 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 36: Housewarming 34:20 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 37: More Warnings than One 32:15 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 38: Miss Tox improves an Old Acquaintance 27:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 39: Further Adventures of Captain Edward Cuttle, Mariner 46:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 40: Domestic Relations 47:36 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 41: New Voices in the Waves 30:45 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 42: Confidential and Accidental 45:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 43: The Watches of the Night 25:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 44: A Separation 27:31 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 45: The Trusty Agent 27:19 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 46: Recognizant and Reflective 36:44 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 47: The Thunderbolt 1:00:06 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 48: The Flight of Florence 33:05 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 49: The Midshipman makes a Discovery 49:53 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 50: Mr Toots's Complaint 49:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 51: Mr Dombey and the World 24:53 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 52: Secret Intelligence 43:46 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 53: More Intelligence 45:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 54: The Fugitives 32:15 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 55: Rob the Grinder loses his Place 33:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 56: Several People delighted, and the Game Chicken disgusted 1:03:58 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 57: Another Wedding 22:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 58: After a lapse 44:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 59: Retribution 54:10 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 60: Chiefly Matrimonial 35:55 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 61: Relenting 37:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 62: Final 18:01 Read by Mil Nicholson

Reviews

Ana


(5 stars)

I never read Dickens as a child because I thought his writing was too drawn out and even boring. Now that I'm 'old' I really do appreciate the intricate detail, the subtle and sometimes wry sense of wit and humor that some of his characters display. I liked this story very much. Although sometimes harsh and sever, it also had quite a bit of sweetness and sunshine. Also, the reader Mil Nicholson did a SPECTACULAR job bringing each character to life in her inimitable fashion. I really appreciate and applaud the amount of effort she applies to her readings and where there are muliple readings of a title, I always check to see if she is a reader and pick hers!

Dombey — Maybe Dickens' Most Moving


(5 stars)

Dickens takes his readers on a grand and deluxe tour of the highest heights of self absorption and arrogance, cruel indifference, and a man thinking himself God, to, I will simply say, other extremes. In my own personal case the result was the evocation of fathoms-deep emotions and reflection of situations and memories both bitter and sweet. Mil Nicholsen's narration was, as always, superb. And if you are willing to take the chance of being pulled into deep consideration of some hard issues, there is no other Charles Dickens novel I would recommend more highly — so far — than Dombey and Son.

Gem of a book read masterfully


(5 stars)

Absolutely fantastic book, I wish I had listened to it sooner! For a good while I hesitated to listen to this book, simply because I wasn’t sure how much I would love the story, in comparison to other books dickens has written. How wrong I was. It is an absolutely wonderful story, that runs you through the gamut of human emotions, as Dickens so masterfully does. I stumbled across this particular recording, simply because I wanted to listen to more books read by Mil Nicholson. My absolute most favorite reader on LibriVox. Thank you for taking the time to read these books aloud for us!

worth every second


(5 stars)

There is nothing like listening to an audio book when in bed or doing the dishes. This audiobook feels almost like a habit. After having listened to this marvulous book, I must say that from the second I started listening, the mystery in the start, the development of the story, etc. all parts are perfectly made

I wish I could rate this book higher than five stars!


(5 stars)

Thank you to Charles Dickens and Mil Nicholson for this marvelous work of art! I wish I could give them each 10 stars! I've read a LOT of Dickens, and this is certainly my favorite book by far! I wished that it would go on and on, and even though it's already a long book, I would've loved to have more! The metaphoric use of the ocean throughout was beautiful, and twice I actually had to take a short break from the story and read a lighthearted young adult novel in the interim because the emotional depth of Dombey and Son is so great (but without being morbid or overly sentimental) that I needed to step away and grieve along with the characters for their misfortunes. How many books are that realistically emotional and true to life? There is a little piece of my heart that will always belong to Dombey and Son! Mil Nicholson's narration is such a treat that I'm going to find every book she's recorded and listen to it! She must be a professional actress, narrator, or voiceover artist because the narration of this book sounds professionally produced! (Frankly, her narration is light years beyond what I've heard in MANY audiobooks for which I've paid!) She expertly manages unique voices for dozens of quirky characters so masterfully that she brings them to life! Ms. Nicholson is a true gem, and I applaud her talent and am grateful for the time and energy she devotes to reading for LibriVox! In sum, LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

delightful discovery


(5 stars)

Despite my having read or listened to a lot of Dickens, somehow I always missed this one. It’s a huge book, over 40 hours long as audio, but what a great investment it was for me. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the impact of the characters in the story, or the powerful messages the story brings. Mil Nicholson is surely a wonderful narrator, and she brought those characters to life amazingly. As another reviewer mentioned, I feel sad to leave them behind. You get such a connection to them through the course of the book. So many good hearted people. Thanks Mil, I feel I owe you a great debt for this huge investment of yourself and your talents.

Listening to Dickens


(5 stars)

Although I love reading Dickens, there is an advantage to hearing his novels read by such an excellent actress as Mil Nicholson. On reading Dickens, I have found some of the extended monologues to be tedious. Not being british, I am not well aquainted with British dialects. Mil Nicholson breaths life into these monologues making them thoroughly enjoyable accentuating the idiosyncrasies of the various dialects. It awakes an appetite to replay the monologues a number of times. Nothing needs to be said about the greatness of the novel "Dombey and Son." I do highly recommend this rendition of it. It carried me through a long bout of the flu and was a great consolation. Thank you, Mil Nicholson!

Magnificent reading of a pivotal Dickens work


(5 stars)

I have re-read Dombey & Son more than any other Dickens work, and now that I have to rely on audiobooks for my access to literature, I am inexpressibly grateful to Mil Nicholson for her version of this extraordinary novel. She is indeed a professional, as are a number of other LibriVox readers. Many non-professional LibriVox readers produce work on the same level of professionalism as Mil. Forget about the distinction. How marvellous to be able to enter the imaginative worlds of so many great writers through the generosity of these people. Bless you all.