A Rogue's Life

  • by Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This delightful tale of thwarted ambition and forbidden love follows the adventures and fortunes of an endearing young rogue, Frank Softly. Originally serialized in Household Words in 1859, Rogue is one of Collins's most richly comic creations. Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, however, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to — until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father.
Proffering his own take on picaresque storytelling — and with many a grain of truth for 20-somethings today — this is Wilkie Collins at his entertaining best.


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I have just finished listening to this book and immediately had to post a review! I loved it! Starts off slightly slow at the beginning, but soons racks up the tension into a quite fast paced story. It reminds me slightly of Jonathan Swift, a bit satirical and pointing the finger at classes and conventions of the time cleverly. Some laugh out loud moments as well. The narrator occasionally sounded like he might be eating, or losing his teeth, but otherwise very well done.
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- Miss

not one of the best.

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I bought this book over 4 years ago and didn't finish it and decided to try it again. this time I finished it.
it was alright, not as good as the woman in white or even the two destinies.
it was slow to start and only stepped up the pace when the rogue fell in love and became involved in a crime..

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- Mrs. K. I. Richards

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.