Little Dorrit (Version 2)


Read by Mil Nicholson

(4.8 stars; 73 reviews)

Little Dorrit, one of the three great novels of Charles Dickens’ last period, was produced in monthly installments from 1855 to 1857, and is considered one of his most profound. Dickens’ father spent three months in Marshalsea Prison for debt, which made a lasting impact on his life. This story centers around life in Marshalsea Prison and, as always, society in general.

Book One begins in the infamous Marseilles Prison in France, where two prisoners, Rigaud the French rogue and the ever cheerful Italian Cavaletto, share a cell. We meet them again later, but the scene shifts quickly to the English debtor’s prison, The Marshalsea, where Mr. Dorrit is confined. His daughter Amy is born there, the only baby ever born in that prison. Tiny as a baby, she grows into a sweet-natured tiny adult, better known as “Little Dorrit.” The other inmates love and respect the child and the caring woman she becomes. Mr. Dorrit is also revered by them, and as the inmate with the longest term of imprisonment, he becomes “Father of the Marshalsea.”

Enter Arthur Clennam, who meets Mr. Dorrit and Amy. He notes that she takes care of her father’s every need, and also cooks, cleans, and mends the clothes of her older siblings. Arthur suspects that Dorrit was wrongly imprisoned, and begins investigating the case, which may involve his own family as well.

In Book Two, Mr. Dorrit has been freed, and his family begins a new life. Arthur Clennam, now a dear friend of Little Dorrit, becomes partner with an engineer and inventor named Daniel Doyce, but a surprising event occurs which puts Arthur into prison. The twists and turns of fortune for himself, the Dorrit family and many others are changed forever. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

(36 hr 31 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 1 38:32 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 2 36:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 3 38:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book1, Chapter 4 8:52 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 5 31:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 6 28:16 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 7 29:02 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 8 31:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 9 36:41 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 10 51:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 11 27:42 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 12 25:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 13 56:41 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 14 34:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 15 25:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 16 36:55 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 17 25:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 18 28:06 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 19 32:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 20 36:59 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 21 23:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 22 25:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 23 39:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 24 40:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 25 27:02 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 26 34:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 27 34:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 28 19:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 29 20:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 30 44:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 31 43:47 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 32 24:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 33 27:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 34 24:55 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 35 35:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 1, Chapter 36 20:07 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 1 40:22 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 2 11:14 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 3 42:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 4 10:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 5 44:10 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 6 39:30 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 7 30:04 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 8 32:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 9 39:51 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 10 20:10 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 11 15:20 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 12 37:27 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 13 40:52 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 14 28:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 15 44:04 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 16 19:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 17 24:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 18 18:12 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 19 43:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 20 26:31 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 21 23:09 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 22 17:49 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 23 32:33 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 24 26:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 25 23:40 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 26 24:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 27 38:44 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 28 49:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 29 23:20 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 30 1:05:56 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 31 24:05 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 32 20:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 33 28:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
Book 2, Chapter 34 29:37 Read by Mil Nicholson

Reviews

Excellent reader!

(5 stars)

This book is read by a wonderful reader who puts personality to all the characters. It is delightful to hear the British classics read in English rather than in American.

Best narrator ever!

(5 stars)

Mil Nicholson makes every book come to life! I often forget that there is only one person reading, because she has such a talent for making each character unique!

Good narrator

(5 stars)

I prefer the second Librivox version to their first. This narrator's voice is very pleasant and the way she narrates the story (voices) is very nice. Apart from the audio book, Dickens's work is wonderful. Personally, I prefer it to his better know works.

(5 stars)

Mil Nicholson is the best! The vocal characterizations are superb, with remarkable consistency for such a long novel. She handles both male and female voices with convincing and entertaining mastery. The range of accents and dialects is broad and accurate. Her narrative voice is very pleasant with excellent diction. A remarkable achievement.

little Dorrit of the Big Heart

(5 stars)

Mil Nicholson with her many voices is a superb conveyor of this heartwarming and captivating story. She convinces me that it was written to be read aloud. Thanks to Librivox for providing us with this great audio experience. I am very grateful to have been able to listen over only a few weeks as opposed to awaiting the tantalizing nineteen monthly instalments, as in Dickens time.

Superb rendition!

(5 stars)

The powerful impression made by Ms. Nicholson 's interpretation of each person in 'Little Dorrit' was an added enjoyment to the listening experience. Her ability to use British dialect, individual tone, and idiosyncratic speech characteristics give a wonderful dimension to the novel.

very enjoyable

(5 stars)

I listened to this story after hearing M. Nicolson's "Bleak House." She is an exceptional reader, giving distinct voices to the characters and all the tones of Dickens' metaphors. Loved the story, too. Heartbreaking at times, but sweet.

Professional reader

(4 stars)

The reader is lovely and does all the voices but over does it with the fathers voice and you end up wishing for his death... Maybe