Samuel Pepys

  • by Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by Jill Balcon
  • 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Samuel Pepys kept a diary in which he wrote with astonishing candour about the life he saw around him in London in the 1660s, and about his private desires and ambitions. The diary was kept for fewer than 10 years of his long life: Claire Tomalin tells the whole story of the Fleet Street tailor's son who made himself rich and powerful, an MP and adviser to royalty. She also traces his relations with many women, from countesses to servant girls, in a biography that is funny, moving, and as candid as Pepys himself.

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What the Critics Say

"Tomalin not only brings him back to vibrant life, but makes a powerful case that he's more central, more 'relevant' than we ever imagined....She has restored to us the whole Pepys." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Our greatest diarist, analyzed by one of our greatest biographers. Tomalin's flawless research and trademark empathy with her subjects should make this portrait of one of the most fascinating characters of 17th-century England the best biography of the autumn." (Sunday Times [London])"Tomalin writes brilliant chapters on all aspects of Pepys's life, relying not only on the diary but also on impressive scholarship....For those who have already enjoyed the diary, Tomalin's learned and entertaining work admirably fills in the gaps." (Publishers Weekly)

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Faye missing link.

A must listen for anyone familiar with Pepys diary.This book fills in all the gaps within the diary,it gives explanation to questions posed throughout the diary.excellent narration and an compelling listen.
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- tonyridgway

Dull narration

I listen to Audible books every day, but I was disappointed with this one. The narration was dull and not easy to listen to.

The book includes a lot of Pepys' marriage problems which after a while became tedious. Like watching a couple argue in public.
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- Sandy W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd