Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • by Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by Fred Williams
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The diary which Samuel Pepys kept from January 1660 to May 1669¿is one of our greatest historical records and¿a major work of English literature," writes the renowned historian Paul Johnson. A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, Pepys chronicled the events of his day. His diary provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues, naval, church, and cultural affairs, as well as a quotidian journal of daily life in London during the Restoration. Pepys's vivid, unconscious style, originally written in a cryptic shorthand, reveals an ideal witness: honest, unpretentious, and true.


What the Critics Say

"Alexander conquered the world; but Pepys, with a keener, more selfish understanding of life, conquered a world for every sense." (Charles Whibley)
"The bald truth about oneself, what we are all too timid to admit when we are not too dull to see it, that was what Pepys saw clearly and set down unsparingly." (Robert Louis Stevenson)
"We can scarcely say that we wish it a page shorter....It is very entertaining thus to be transported into the very heart of a time so long gone by, and to be admitted into the domestic intimacy, as well as the public councils of a man of great activity and circulation in the reign of Charles II." ( The Edinburgh Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Nice to have a chance to listen to the full version of the Pepys diaries, though the narration here is very flat. Dividng it into more chapters was needed. At one point it is 2 hours between chapters, so if you hit the wrong button when driving...
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- Ian

Interesting dialogue spoiled by the narration

I am really struggling to continue with this book, I do find Pepys' diaries absolutely fascinating and informative, but honestly, I am less than a sixth of the way through, and I have to keep abandoning it for a while as it is so tortuous to listen to this very flat narrator. He sounds as if he has just learned English and is proud of his enunciation, diction and ability. It is absolutely awful, and detracts from the fascination of The Diaries. I wonder ...can I manage the other 11 + hours??
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- mollyeyre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-12-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.