The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens, unfinished at the time of his death.
Written in 1890, the story is a murder mystery in which Edwin Drood is supposedly murdered. The novel investigates the characters in a distinctly Dickensian manner from the suspicious and tormented Jasper to the Reverend Crisparkle to Princess Puffer, the enigmatic Datchery and finally the gravedigger and his obnoxious but perceptive boy assistant. But who is the murderer? We will never know....
Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.
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Beware of disappointments as this is Dickens's last unfinished novel and such a shame. You do actually know 'who did it' as the plot begins to close in on the culprit. You do not however get to see him put bang to rights or find out what happens to all the characters in the end.
That said this is a lively and colourful novel with Dickens's typically larger that life characters. These are ably brought to life by George Hagan whose characterisations are well honed. He is not afraid of the female voice and he does it very well. He is in fact one of the best narrators I have heard, so good I could'nt wait to get back to the story after a break.
I particularly liked the character Grewgious a socially inept gentleman but never the less incredibly shrewd and absolutely devoted to his ward Miss Rosa Bud.
I write this in December and what better time to listen to some stories from Dickens.
"Avoid! Get another narrator."
I do enjoy unabridged Dickens read by Brits, but the narrator is truly dreadful, although likely the producer is more to blame for not forcing the voice actor to do more takes. The stuttering and stammering get increasingly annoying and more frequent as it goes along.
One of the lowest quality narrations I've heard here. Content excellent as always from Dickens, so I'm willing to try another version.
Avoid this one, even if the price is tempting.
I've been listening to books on tape, cd, etc. for almost 20 years, including almost all of Dickens, and this is absolutely the worst reading job I've ever heard - please remove this version from your list, since it will give YOU a bad reputation.
"Worst Production Ever!!!"
I have read somr books for Taping For The Blind in Houston where I live. I have made some mistakes while reading, but none approaches the performance of this production. Cheap or not, leave this one alone!!! George Hagan is good, but this stinker should have never made it into production. Take my advice, and the reviewers above. If nothing else, find the book in print and read it out loud yourself. You will definitely do a better job than this guy! Nuff said about that. What is here is here. This is a great example of what happens when you rush a production through. Stick with Walter Covell. He's much better.
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