Our Mutual Friend, Version 3


Read by Mil Nicholson

(4.9 stars; 81 reviews)

Our Mutual Friend, the last novel completed by Charles Dickens, has many plots, twists and turns, from the murky river Thames to the gold and crystal on the tables of ‘Society’. A tale of murder, treachery, jealousy and love, takes us first to a rowing boat on the Thames, where the Hexhams have found a body in the water and are bringing it to shore. We attend the Boffins, a poor naïve couple, who unexpectedly have just become wealthy, after their employer dies and names them in his will. Silas Wegg becomes their ‘literary man’ and John Rokesmith, a mysterious man, becomes their secretary. We meet the Veneerings, new to society, who hold elaborate dinner parties for ‘dear friends’ they’ve never met. Bella and Lizzie, each from different walks of life, find love from unexpected quarters. The Lammles, a society couple, become match makers for their own ulterior motives. Two ne’er do well lawyers, Mortimer Lightwood and Eugene Wrayburn, find themselves caught up in intrigue, and learn how dangerous their work can be. Riderhood, a devious individual, finds himself in a dark plot with school teacher Bradley Headstone. Betty Higden, a loyal elderly woman, whose independence and love are so inspiring, our hearts go out to her. Dickens weaves together some of his most colorful and oft times hilarious characters so cleverly, that even up to the end of the story, surprises are afoot. (Summary by Mil Nicholson) (36 hr 11 min)

Chapters

01 - Book 1, Chapter 1 13:04 Read by Mil Nicholson
02 - Book 1, Chapter 2 30:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
03 - Book 1, Chapter 3 38:02 Read by Mil Nicholson
04 - Book 1, Chapter 4 31:45 Read by Mil Nicholson
05 - Book 1, Chapter 5 44:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
06 - Book 1, Chapter 6 43:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
07 - Book 1, Chapter 7 25:27 Read by Mil Nicholson
08 - Book 1, Chapter 8 35:53 Read by Mil Nicholson
09 - Book 1, Chapter 9 40:07 Read by Mil Nicholson
10 - Book 1, Chapter 10 36:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
11 - Book 1, Chapter 11 39:58 Read by Mil Nicholson
12 - Book 1, Chapter 12 42:10 Read by Mil Nicholson
13 - Book 1, Chapter 13 26:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
14 - Book 1, Chapter 14 21:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
15 - Book 1, Chapter 15 36:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
16 - Book 1, Chapter 16 43:15 Read by Mil Nicholson
17 - Book 1, Chapter 17 12:27 Read by Mil Nicholson
18 - Book 2, Chapter 1 49:07 Read by Mil Nicholson
19 - Book 2, Chapter 2 30:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
20 - Book 2, Chapter 3 28:09 Read by Mil Nicholson
21 - Book 2, Chapter 4 33:19 Read by Mil Nicholson
22 - Book 2, Chapter 5 40:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
23 - Book 2, Chapter 6 35:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
24 - Book 2, Chapter 7 29:54 Read by Mil Nicholson
25 - Book 2, Chapter 8 43:59 Read by Mil Nicholson
26 - Book 2, Chapter 9 23:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
27 - Book 2, Chapter 10 17:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
28 - Book 2, Chapter 11 32:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
29 - Book 2, Chapter 12 38:51 Read by Mil Nicholson
30 - Book 2, Chapter 13 39:02 Read by Mil Nicholson
31 - Book 2, Chapter 14 34:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
32 - Book 2, Chapter 15 44:05 Read by Mil Nicholson
33 - Book 2, Chapter 16 30:20 Read by Mil Nicholson
34 - Book 3, Chapter 1 34:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
35 - Book 3, Chapter 2 25:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
36 - Book 3, Chapter 3 14:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
37 - Book 3, Chapter 4 32:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
38 - Book 3, Chapter 5 35:52 Read by Mil Nicholson
39 - Book 3, Chapter 6 36:51 Read by Mil Nicholson
40 - Book 3, Chapter 7 31:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
41 - Book 3, Chapter 8 30:31 Read by Mil Nicholson
42 - Book 3, Chapter 9 44:55 Read by Mil Nicholson
43 - Book 3, Chapter 10 36:28 Read by Mil Nicholson
44 - Book 3, Chapter 11 25:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
45 - Book 3, Chapter 12 22:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
46 - Book 3, Chapter 13 27:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
47 - Book 3, Chapter 14 31:21 Read by Mil Nicholson
48 - Book 3, Chapter 15 39:34 Read by Mil Nicholson
49 - Book 3, Chapter 16 40:02 Read by Mil Nicholson
50 - Book 3, Chapter 17 30:52 Read by Mil Nicholson
51 - Book 4, Chapter 1 30:42 Read by Mil Nicholson
52 - Book 4, Chapter 2 25:11 Read by Mil Nicholson
53 - Book 4, Chapter 3 26:54 Read by Mil Nicholson
54 - Book 4, Chapter 4 26:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
55 - Book 4, Chapter 5 45:10 Read by Mil Nicholson
56 - Book 4, Chapter 6 36:06 Read by Mil Nicholson
57 - Book 4, Chapter 7 29:06 Read by Mil Nicholson
58 - Book 4, Chapter 8 28:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
59 - Book 4, Chapter 9 30:35 Read by Mil Nicholson
60 - Book 4, Chapter 10 21:37 Read by Mil Nicholson
61 - Book 4, Chapter 11 33:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
62 - Book 4, Chapter 12 36:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
63 - Book 4, Chapter 13 29:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
64 - Book 4, Chapter 14 33:04 Read by Mil Nicholson
65 - Book 4, Chapter 15 32:37 Read by Mil Nicholson
66 - Book 4, Chapter 16 30:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
67 - Book 4, Chapter 17 15:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
68 - Postscript 5:53 Read by Mil Nicholson

Reviews

Another gem

(5 stars)

Wonderfully read, as always, by Ms. Mil. Thank you for the care and time you take to bring all the characters to life in the most beautiful way.

(5 stars)

This narrator has opened up a whole world of literature to me with her wonderful narration of Dickens' work. I'm slowly working my way through all her Dickens offerings. Her ability to distinguish between the characters is amazing. And hearing Dickens read aloud reminded me that he is funny as well as heartbreaking. There aren't many audiobooks that have moved me to tears, but the scenes with Betty Higden and Johnny did. Well done as always, Ms. Nicholson!

(5 stars)

Mil Nicholson does a brilliant job, once again, of capturing the great range of voices, the humor and the pathos of Dickens's writing. This is a rich and powerful novel, a bit disturbing in many of its themes but well crafted and full of wonderful characters. There's a lot of anti Semitism, but only on the part of certain characters; the author comes down clearly on the side of defending the dignity of his Jewish characters. I have the biggest complaint about the central relationship between John and Bella, since it involves such elaborate and long-term manipulation by him of her emotions. But where else can you meet a literary gentleman with a wooden leg, an articulator of bones, and a golden dust man?

(5 stars)

So professional yet so approachable, makes me check out every Dickens read by Ms Mil. The reading pace is well chosen, neither too fast nor too slow. It's a feather on the cap of Librovox, I will happily pay for this Audiobook.

(5 stars)

Mil Nicholson at her very best otherwise the story would be difficult in many places. Mr Boffin's turning seems artificial I thought. When first written, this was a serial in the newspaper so editing was not possible like it is for a book before publishing the whole. Nevertheless its a great story by Dickens.

(5 stars)

I Would happily listen to Mil Nicholson read restaurant menus! Her voice has been my company many nights this past month and it has been a pleasure to hear her read Our Mutual Friend.

Another Fantastic Reading by Mil Nicholson

(5 stars)

If you wish to read a Dickens novel I highly recommend searching Mil Nicholson by name, who, as of today has read five of the classic works. The readings are treasures in themselves. Fantastic job! What a voice!

Fantastic

(5 stars)

Also satisfying is that under Dickens' divine machinations, everybody gets their just deserts. So it's kind of like a Jackie Chan movie, but with deeper characters and less kicking. One of my favorite librivox listens ever.