Barnaby Rudge

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dickens' first historical novel is set in 1780s England at the time of the Gordon Riots. In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale half-wit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arrested as the leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. He is condemned to death on the gallows, but an upright locksmith named Gabriel Varden comes to his aid.Dickens provides another memorable cast of characters, including the dull-witted, tyrannical John Willet, Dennis the Hangman, and Hugh the savage ostler.

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What the Critics Say

"Robert Whitfield['s] unflagging energy, imagination, and finesse rank this among the best of audio Dickens." (Library Journal)

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Story good but recording faulty

The narration and story are excellent, but there are a number of faults in the recording in the second the third files. These have been reported to audible (they have verified and acknowledge that there are errors in the files) but I see that they continue to have this for sale. Please note that, if you choose to buy this, it will not be perfect. You will be able to listen to the whole story but there will be jumps in the narration at places. I have given one star to draw attention to this problem.
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- Tracy

A clever, informative story, slow to get going

Great narration by Simon Vance throughout and an entertaining and informative story. Some great satire, observations and philosophy and some tense, exciting action. Just takes a while to get going compared to some other Dickens stories
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- Richard "Pellsy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.