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OUR MUTUAL FRIEND - Book 1
By Charles Dickens
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Genre: General Fiction

Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 � 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

Our Mutual Friend, the last novel completed by Charles Dickens, has many plots, twists and turns, from the murky river Thames to the gold and crystal on the tables of �Society�. A tale of murder, treachery, jealousy and love, takes us first to a rowing boat on the Thames, where the Hexhams have found a body in the water and are bringing it to shore. We attend the Boffins, a poor na�ve couple, who unexpectedly have just become wealthy, after their employer dies and names them in his will. Silas Wegg becomes their �literary man� and John Rokesmith, a mysterious man, becomes their secretary. We meet the Veneerings, new to society, who hold elaborate dinner parties for �dear friends� they�ve never met. Bella and Lizzie, each from different walks of life, find love from unexpected quarters. The Lammles, a society couple, become match makers for their own ulterior motives. Two ne�er do well lawyers, Mortimer Lightwood and Eugene Wrayburn, find themselves caught up in intrigue, and learn how dangerous their work can be. Riderhood, a devious individual, finds himself in a dark plot with school teacher Bradley Headstone. Betty Higden, a loyal elderly woman, whose independence and love are so inspiring, our hearts go out to her. Dickens weaves together some of his most colorful and oft times hilarious characters so cleverly, that even up to the end of the story, surprises are afoot.

Index:
01 - 00:00:00 - Book 1 Chapter 01 ON THE LOOK OUT
02 - 00:13:04 - Book 1 Chapter 02 THE MAN FROM SOMEWHERE
03 - 00:44:00 - Book 1 Chapter 03 ANOTHER MAN
04 - 01:22:02 - Book 1 Chapter 04 THE R. WILFER FAMILY
05 - 01:53:47 - Book 1 Chapter 05 BOFFIN'S BOWER
06 - 02:38:36 - Book 1 Chapter 06 CUT ADRIFT
07 - 03:22:02 - Book 1 Chapter 07 MR WEGG LOOKS AFTER HIMSELF
08 - 03:47:29 - Book 1 Chapter 08 MR BOFFIN IN CONSULTATION
09 - 04:23:23 - Book 1 Chapter 09 MR AND MRS BOFFIN IN CONSULTATION
10 - 05:03:30 - Book 1 Chapter 10 A MARRIAGE CONTRACT
11 - 05:39:48 - Book 1 Chapter 11 PODSNAPPERY
12 - 06:19:46 - Book 1 Chapter 12 THE SWEAT OF AN HONEST MAN'S BROW
13 - 07:01:56 - Book 1 Chapter 13 TRACKING THE BIRD OF PREY
14 - 07:27:56 - Book 1 Chapter 14 THE BIRD OF PREY BROUGHT DOWN
15 - 07:49:36 - Book 1 Chapter 15 TWO NEW SERVANTS
16 - 08:26:19 - Book 1 Chapter 16 MINDERS AND RE-MINDERS
17 - 09:09:37 - Book 1 Chapter 17 A DISMAL SWAMP

Additional information:
- This audiobook is from Librivox. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain.
- Running Time: 09:22:01
- Read by: Mil Nicholson
- Book Coordinator: Mil Nicholson
- Meta Coordinator: J. M. Smallheer
- Proof Listener: HeartofTexas

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