Dombey and Son

By Charles Dickens
Read by Frederick Davidson

36.95 Hours 08/01/1996 unabridged
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Paul Dombey is a wealthy shipping merchant and formidable patriarch who runs his family with the same cold calculation he applies to his business. Evaluating his children’s worth by what he thinks they can add to his bottom line, he dotes on the son he hopes to make his heir, while neglecting his affectionate elder daughter. But through his pride and selfishness, Dombey is sowing the seeds of his own destruction. Once his heart is broken, can it finally be redeemed? A sensitive family drama infused with social and moral commentary, Dombey and Son combines grim psychological realism with Dickens’ faith in the redemptive power of love.

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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1997

On Oprah’s Summer Reading List2010

Paul Dombey is a wealthy shipping merchant and formidable patriarch who runs his family with the same cold calculation he applies to his business. Evaluating his children’s worth by what he thinks they can add to his bottom line, he dotes on the son he hopes to make his heir, while neglecting his affectionate elder daughter. But through his pride and selfishness, Dombey is sowing the seeds of his own destruction. Once his heart is broken, can it finally be redeemed?

A sensitive family drama infused with social and moral commentary, Dombey and Son combines grim psychological realism with Dickens’ faith in the redemptive power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dickens willed into existence the most capacious and elastic and versatile kind of novel that could be, one big enough for his vast sentimental yearnings and for every impulse and fear and hesitation in him that countervailed those yearnings too. Never parsimonious and frequently contradictory, he always gives us everything he can, everything he’s planned to give, and then more.” Jonathan Lethem
“There’s no writing against such power as this—one has no chance.” William Makepeace Thackeray
“Dombey and Son, the hidden gem even Dickens fans may have missed, combines a rollicking, biting sense of humor with nuanced psychological insights that feel surprisingly modern in their attitudes toward women…As usual in Dickens’ work, much of the reading pleasure resides in the supporting cast and subplots, and the men here are endearing…But it is the wives, sisters, mothers, and discarded mistresses who control the plot and break your heart.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Frederick Davidson gives such a splendid dramatization of this family saga…it’s almost like watching theater. Davidson matches his versatile voice to each one of the principals. He also manages to distinguish with equal elasticity among a host of vivid and disparate supporting characters. Thanks to Davidson’s seamless delivery, the narrative sweeps the listener through [nearly] forty hours of sustained drama.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, 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 a few 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. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 36.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English