The Streets

  • by Anthony Quinn
  • Narrated by Ben Elliot
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1882, David Wildeblood, a 21-year-old from rural Norfolk, arrives in London to start work at the offices of a famous man. His job is to investigate the notorious slum of Somers Town, recording house by house the number of inhabitants, their occupations and standard of living. The deeper he penetrates the everyday squalor, the more appalled he is by mounting evidence that someone is making a profit from people's suffering. Passionate but reckless in his urge to uncover corruption, he soon finds his life in danger....

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You listen and learn

In general, I do not go for this kind of book. But this time I was intrigued by the good reviews the book got in the media. And I was not disappointed, in fact, pretty much the opposite. It was a fascinating listen I could hardly part with and left me with doing some research on workhouses etc. The Streets is novel in which history is artfully woven into the story and very well read.
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- Bookworm

Truly absorbing

If you could sum up The Streets in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric and historically detailed


What did you like best about this story?

I was totally absorbed by this story. As I follow the details of my family's history in 19th century London streets, this book contributed to my research by detailing very accurately and evocatively the life of the poor in London.


Have you listened to any of Ben Elliot’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to other performances by Ben Elliott, but this was outstandingly well read. Each character had a distinctive voice and I followed the story without problem. I will make a point of looking for other performances by Ben Elliott.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was extremely difficult to put this book down and it can easily be read in one sitting if you have sufficient hours to listen to it.


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- Jill Saunders

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Ltd