The Battle of Life

Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.2 stars; 57 reviews)

While "The Battle of Life" is one of Charles Dickens' Christmas Books - his annual release of a story just before Christmas - this one breaks the tradition by not being concerned with Christmas. Rather, its subtitle, "A Love Story", reveals more of the plot.

The major events of this book take place on land that once was a battleground. That is just a backdrop for Dickens' idea of the real battle of life - finding and winning the right partner, so that life will go on to the next generation. The family that lives there is rather confused in its affections and intentions regarding who should end up with whom. We are thrust into the fight to make things work out, and, happily for a Christmas book, Dickens leads us on to a happy ending. (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (3 hr 28 min)


Chapter 1 28:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2 31:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3 25:05 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4 24:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 5 32:33 Read by Mark F. Smith
6 35:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 7 31:16 Read by Mark F. Smith


(5 stars)

Mark Smith is an excellent reader of the book, which is a classic.

(3 stars)

Not one of the best of Charles Dickens novels. Made enjoyable somehow by the excellent reading of Mark Smith. A muddled love story, compensated by a happy ending for the main characters.

The battle of life

(2 stars)

It is hard to follow. Although, I am happy to have heard one more of the Christmas stories. I prefer British accents however for Dickens.


(3.5 stars)

This book has grown on me; it is an acquired taste. It is a wonderful story of sacrifice for the love of a sister.

What a delightful surprise! Bravo! Well read as always M. Smith!

(5 stars)

Story is Lost

(0.5 stars)

Sadly, the story is lost in the story-telling.

brought the book to life for me. a million thanks

(5 stars)

Well Read

(5 stars)

Pleasant story; great job by reader.