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Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend
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Category :  Classics
 
Publisher :  Blackstone Audio Inc
Author :  Charles Dickens
Narrator :  Robert Whitfield
 
Length :  33 hours 30 minutes (Unabridged)
 
Physical Price :  $69.95
Download Price :  $53.99
 
Format :  Encoded Windows Media
 
© 2006 Blackstone Audio Inc
"Our Mutual Friend was the last novel Charles Dickens completed and is, arguably,
his darkest and most complex.the author's heroes are more flawed, his villains more sympathetic, and
the story as a whole more harrowing and less sentimental.Dark as the novel is, Dickens is careful to
leaven it with secondary characters who are as funny as they are menacing.Our Mutual Friend
is one of Dickens's most satisfying novels, and a fitting denouement to his prolific career."Amazon.com

A sinister masterpiece, Our Mutual Friend was Dickens' last completed novel. It is perhaps
his ultimate vision of a dark, macabre London and the corrupting power of money.

Opening with a father and daughter scavenging for corpses on the Thames, the chilling tale unfolds
around drownings, disguises and doubles; violence, murder, and triumphant love. Young John Harmon,
presumed killed on his return home to England, is very much alive. The heir to a dust merchant's fortune,
he goes to work under an assumed name for his father's current heirs, the amiable, elderly Boffinswho
are about to be blackmailed by the unscrupulous one-legged Wegg.

So begins the intrigue in a novel that is quintessentially Dickensian in flavorin its grotesque caricatures,
its rich symbolism, and the astonishing realism of its heroine, Bella Wilfer, among Dickens' most splendid
female characters.

Charles Dickens (1812 –1870) was born in Landport, Portsea, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors' prison and child labor and afforded him two years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life.

Earphones Awards recipient Robert Whitfield was born in England and worked for the BBC for ten years as a radio news announcer and also worked as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audiobooks, he involves himself in numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.
 
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