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Barnaby Rudge

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)
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Summary

For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it. Against the public disorder, Dickens tells of the private discord within families - with fathers and sons at loggerheads - and creates a wealth of colourful characters: the sinuously evil Lord Chester; the pretty and vivacious Dolly Varden; and the host and regulars at the Maypole Inn - a symbol of security in those uncertain and violent times.

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Public Domain (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks

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Barrett's Great Reading

I read Barnaby Rudge many years ago and I remember struggling with it a little. In Sean Barrett's hands everything is made clear, all the characters brilliantly delineated. It is a great Dickens novel, one of his early ones, and it is masterfully brought to life in this rendition. Highly recommended.

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Fine performances of Dicken's characters

The listening of this interminably long book is eased by Dicken’s fine prose and Sean Barrett’s superb performance (rather than mere narration) making it impossible for me to give anything under a 5 star rating. It is also very interesting historically and rather chilling, to compare these riots which occurred in 1780 with those of 2011 and find that there is virtually no difference in the mindless rule of the mob.

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  • Ms
  • United Kingdom
  • 24-02-12

A revelation

Barnaby Rudge was one of Dickens' books I had not read, and I knew next to nothing about the Gordon Riots. I have now been so captured by the story that I have explored books and the internet to find out more about the history of the times. The book is read superbly by Sean Barrett and he brought to life the many characters in the book - not least, Grip the raven! The riots were done with such drama that I felt like I was listening to Dickens when he read to his audiences and they screamed with terror! I think that high quality audio books can bring a story to life in a way even one's imagination can fail to.

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  • Patricia
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • 06-01-12

Great story, beautfully read.

Although a Dickens fan, I knew nothing about this story and found it unexpectedly moving as well as exciting. Beautifully read.

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  • Pat
  • Torquay, United Kingdom
  • 05-11-11

Barnaby Rudge read by Sean Barratt

What a fantastic experience - Dickens read by Sean Barratt - not just read but narrated in a truly wonderful way. I had not read this book but was thoroughly caught up in the characters lives and the horrendous rioting. How relevant Dickens is to what has recently happened in London. But it was the reading by Sean that made the experience so memorable, thrilling and moving.

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  • rl
  • lavenham, United Kingdom
  • 20-06-13

A Classic Brought to Life


A remarkable journey through eighteenth century life showing both the horrors of poverty, and the exploitation of power and wealth, in a society ripe for change.
Sean Barrett's performance is outstanding,breathing life into every character.
A must listen!!!!

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  • Mrs
  • Colchester, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

What the Dickens

I had been put off reading this because of the length but when I heard that Sean Barrett's narration was nothing less than brilliant I just had to start listening. I was delighted at his rendering of this book, his voices seemed to take on each character perfectly and it was just such a pleasure to use the new app I'd downloaded and transport myself to Dickensian England peopled by Sean's wonderful cast of characters.

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Dicken's least known work!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is probably Dicken's least known work, for good reason. Unless you are interested in the Gordon Riots and the backlash against Popery in England there are whole tracts of this book that are virtually impenetrable.

What will your next listen be?

The Jungle Book

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

Very hard to say, I lost sympathy with all as a result of the dreary storyline.

Was Barnaby Rudge worth the listening time?

No. And I love Charles Dickens.

Any additional comments?

Sean Barret made the book bearable, well narrated.

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Wonderful tale about the power of the mob

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, as it teaches so much about how people get pulled along in the wave of the mob. I had little knowledge of this terrible time in England's history, and felt that Dickens captured the mood. As always, his characters have the weakness of being caricatures and seem a bit 2 dimensional, but the story telling and tension building was superb. I felt like boo-ing and hissing every time John Chester was mentioned, as he was so sublimely horrid.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Barnaby Rudge?

The immediate lead up to the hanging of Hugh and Dennis. Brilliant writing.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoyed Sean's voices but felt that his 'female' voice was very same-y.

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Don't bear ridge a grudge

Would you consider the audio edition of Barnaby Rudge to be better than the print version?

haven't read the print version as I find Dickens quite hard work and thought the audio might be easier. Indeed it was.

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

Sean Barrett is by far the best narrator I have listened to so far. How does he find all those different voices? His excellent story telling was a joy. I particularly liked Miss Mimms

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

it the beginning it's a bit slow, but stick with it, it gets really brilliant. Barnaby is a great character.

Any additional comments?

All the characters are fab. You grow to dislike some, my husband and I listened to this together and so have had daily book discussions. Worth every penny.

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