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  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Totally engrossing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A well told biography of one of our greatest writers. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Ms. Tomalin contextualised Dickens work and his world. Dickens comes a cross as a man full of contradictions; he uses his influence to be a champion of the poor and needy yet treats his wife cruelly towards the end of their marriage.

The story is full of energy which mirrors Dickens driven and restless nature. He had a venal and grasping extended family, who happily took his money and expected him to support them. He never seemed to rest and drove himself to death at the relatively early age of 58. What a shame for literary fans everywhere, but my goodness what a roller coaster of a life! A really thrilling biography.

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