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Bleak House (version 3)

Gelesen von Mil Nicholson

(4,847 Sterne; 219 Bewertungen)

The Chancery Court had jurisdiction over all matters of equity, including administration of estates, the guardianship of orphans, and disputed property disbursement. In Dickens’ time, some cases could take years to be settled, changing the lives of those involved. Esther Summerson, a young woman raised in a tough and unloving atmosphere, is unexpectedly requested to be a companion to two teenage orphans, Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, for whom the court has appointed as guardian, John Jarndyce. They take up residence at Mr. Jarndyce’s home, Bleak House. The story of their lives and fortunes is the main thrust of the novel, and is related at times through the eyes of Esther, whose gentle point of view gives the reader a different and more intimate perspective. Richard is sure his fortune is ‘just around the corner’ when the case of Jarndyce-v-Jarndyce, of which he and Ada will be beneficiaries, is settled. He tries his hand at a career or two, but he becomes obsessed with hastening the probate of the willed fortune he feels must soon be theirs. Further difficulties arise when he and Ada fall in love, while he, penniless, continues the quest to bring his case to justice. A scriber of legal documents dies, and from his death, questions arise which unearth secrets that the Jarndyce’s neighbour, Lady Dedlock, has kept hidden for years. Inspector Bucket enters the case, and begins investigating the disappearance of Lady Dedlock. In the dirt poor part of London comes a young boy called Joe who claims to ‘know noffink’ but who has witnessed something very important. Several other colorful characters are wound into the story. Nearly insane Miss Flite, who for years has attended court every day, with her little folder of documents, is ever hopeful of a settlement. Mr. Boythorn is a boisterous friend of Jarndyce who has a vendetta with Sir Leicester Dedlock. The Jellyby Family, invariably on the verge of a disaster, is neglected by their Mother who is obsessed with an overseas project. The Smallweed family is mean and avaricious – squeezing money from poor clients. Mr. Skimpole is the childlike captivating friend of Mr. Jarndyce who sees no harm in living off everybody else. Mr. Guppy fawns after Esther, and plots to steal documents with his friend Weevle. Mr. Woodcourt is a gentle surgeon and family friend, who becomes a hero. Since the writing of Bleak House, the property laws of England were changed, and disbursements were thenceforth conducted in court with the object of swiftly coming to a settlement for the benefit of inheritors. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

(39 hr 24 min)

Chapters

Preface

5:40

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Chapter 1

17:10

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Chapter 2

18:22

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Chapter 3

52:03

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Chapter 4

30:42

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Chapter 5

38:07

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Chapter 6

58:39

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Chapter 7

27:38

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Chapter 8

51:50

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Chapter 9

40:32

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Chapter 10

28:08

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Chapter 11

38:23

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Chapter 12

37:14

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Chapter 13

41:50

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Chapter 14

56:31

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Chapter 15

44:01

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Chapter 16

22:33

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Chapter 17

38:13

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Chapter 18

48:18

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Chapter 19

38:06

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Chapter 20

36:30

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Chapter 21

46:11

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Chapter 22

35:17

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Chapter 23

48:14

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Chapter 24

47:47

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Chapter 25

24:15

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Chapter 26

34:57

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Chapter 27

31:22

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Chapter 28

29:55

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Chapter 29

24:53

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Chapter 30

40:39

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Chapter 31

42:20

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Chapter 32

33:35

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Chapter 33

37:29

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Chapter 34

40:58

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Chapter 35

42:47

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Chapter 36

42:29

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Chapter 37

50:43

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Chapter 38

27:52

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Chapter 39

41:58

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Chapter 40

32:20

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Chapter 41

22:48

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Chapter 42

19:57

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Chapter 43

44:28

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Chapter 44

20:10

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Chapter 45

32:37

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Chapter 46

24:26

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Chapter 47

42:11

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Chapter 48

41:37

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Chapter 49

35:55

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Chapter 50

25:49

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Chapter 51

31:20

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Chapter 52

29:00

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Chapter 53

30:27

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Chapter 54

58:53

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Chapter 55

41:41

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Chapter 56

20:18

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Chapter 57

46:44

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Chapter 58

44:53

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Chapter 59

35:54

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Chapter 60

33:13

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Chapter 61

29:54

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Chapter 62

25:51

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Chapter 63

21:50

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Chapter 64

31:07

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Chapter 65

23:46

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Chapter 66

11:44

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Chapter 67

11:46

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Bewertungen

Long but oh so worth listening to!

(4,5 Sterne)

Mil does a great job with the complex cast of characters. Thank you, Mil. Having only ever watched the movies which are so dark, I was unaware of Dickens humor. Listening to this book, i find myself laughing over many of his descriptions, especially Mr smallweed and his wife. A friend told me that i would not want the story to end...even after so many hours of listening. She was right. It was difficult to say good bye to Esther, my guardian, George, and so many others. Take time to enjoy Bleak House.

Amazing

(5 Sterne)

A very big thank you to Mil Nicholson - what an amazing reader. The book is complex and has countless principal characters to follow; each are given a distinctive, believable, individual voice by the reader. Thank you for Dickens record of the folly of The Chancery Court and his social observations during that historical period, presenting the injustices which prevailed. Amazing novel; amazing author and a most amazing reader, who brings each character to life. This is by far the best version to listen to. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Mil Nicholson for giving your time, so that others can enjoy this classic.

(4,5 Sterne)

Four stars for the novel itself (it would be five but it is a bit long!) and five for Mil Nicholson's fabulous reading of it. I've always loved adaptations of Dickens' novels as his characterisation and description are so incredibly vivid. However, I struggle reading his work as his writing can be rather verbose. But this recording actually kept me on track. I'm really looking forward to tackling more of his works with the help of Ms Nicholson.

fantastic reading!

(5 Sterne)

what a splendid recording of a novel that's by turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, with characters so rich you find yourself forgetting you don't know them . . . Mil provides each character with their own voice, and is so talented that I was startled a few times when I remembered that this was not a cast of readers, but one amazing person. what a priceless contribution, a can't-miss listen!

Dickens at his amazing nest

(5 Sterne)

I love every single thing that Charles Dickens has written, but my 4 favorites are Dombey and Son, the old curiosity shop, little Dorrit, and now Bleak House. Mill Nicholson the narrator is absolutely unbelievable in her ability to portray so many different characters seriously she's unbelievable and has spoiled me when it comes to Dickens so I'm hoping she will read Pickwick papers hint hint

(5 Sterne)

So, not one to usually find voice changing within the same reading that appealing; I found this readers abilities to be more than sufficient... they were astounding. I very much enjoyed the reading and the information. I will be looking her up on her website and shall be interested in more books that are read by her. Great story!

Bleak House

(5 Sterne)

This is certainly a complex book and you need to "keep" going or loose the flavor and characters. Most fortunate that one can rerun and get back on track. Nonetheless, it is an outstanding accomplishment of Mr. Dickens and Mil Nicholson's skill and ardor bring it alive. This is an example of how it should be done.

Bleak House. masterpiece

(5 Sterne)

I have read Bleak House in other occasions and it is (as are all of Charles Dickens books) one of my favourites. What raises this one to a grander height is the superb reader Mil Nicholson is an artist and I cannot think of high enough praise for her.