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  • London in the Nineteenth Century

  • By: Jerry White
  • Narrated by: Neil Gardner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Summary

Jerry White's London in the Nineteenth Century is the richest and most absorbing account of the city's greatest century by its leading expert. 

London in the nineteenth century was the greatest city mankind had ever seen. Its growth was stupendous. Its wealth was dazzling. Its horrors shocked the world. This was the London of Blake, Thackeray and Mayhew, of Nash, Faraday and Disraeli. Most of all it was the London of Dickens. As William Blake put it, London was 'a Human awful wonder of God'. 

In Jerry White's dazzling history we witness the city's unparalleled metamorphosis over the course of the century through the daily lives of its inhabitants. We see how Londoners worked, played and adapted to the demands of the metropolis during this century of dizzying change. The result is a panorama teeming with life.

©2018 Jerry White (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Outstanding, fascinating

A great history, read wonderfully well. The growth of London in the 19th century represented the birth of the modern nation and the beginning of civility. The bold ambition, architectural triumph and changes in housing, infrastructure, transport, education, medicine, policing and the rest in the last 30 years were staggering.

That poverty remained at the end of the century was a blight but does not deny the great distance traveled. And, lest we forget, the great advances were achieved and paid for by capitalism and individual enterprise, and not by woke snowflakery with social science degrees.

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Superb history

This is a fantastic book. It's nicely structured and in-depth enough without going too far down one aspect of London life. Really well read and nicely paced. Really enjoyed it. I would love the 20th century London book to be released on here too! Highly rated for anyone interested in history or indeed, the amazing varied city of London. First class.

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bizzarre

I just cannot get past the bizarrely robotic narration on this book, it makes it nigh on impossible to listen to the content.

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Amazing book...

This is brilliant, detailed and fascinating, but if you’re easily offended by terrible accents, try the non audio copy.

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London in the 19th century

An interesting book which is well read but could be a little dry. Listened over a couple of weeks.

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Very interesting and informative.

It is a thoroughly researched work, covering every aspect of London in the 19th century.
Though it is full of data and often statistics, it doesn't sound dry at all, which is quite an
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London centric

suffers that periocular London view that only the city centre is London rather than the whole mass of greater London and all it joined pecies

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Enthralling, instructive and entertaining.

A tremendous amount of research has gone into this well-written book. The narration was excellent too.

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Meh, very opinionated

If you do not enjoy history books where the author has at least the decency of pretending to be impartial, this is not the book for you. His political and religious (anti-religious) views are all over the place.

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Surprisingly compelling

Crammed with facts, thousands of facts, and yet assembled into a rounded and comprehensive story of a city and a century. A fascinating and compelling read with some harrowing details. Dickens really did not exaggerate the squalor.

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  • Phatgirl1971
  • 21-09-21

Very technical

I was hoping to hear about how people lived, but this book is more technical

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  • Ramac
  • 15-09-19

Boring

Some parts interesting, but all those statistics and number guesstimates, were over done. I had to tune out.

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  • Count B
  • 16-06-19

SO DETAILED..SO VERY VERY DETAILED.

Maybe just me, but how I wish one of these books on 19th century London was not bogged down with lists. Lists of roads, train stations, building works. A book that took me on a mental walk through the city, showed me the sites, enhanced the smell & noise of the city, above all focused on the people as though I was meeting them, not batter me around the head with so much data I finds myself weary waiting for the next portion that actually perks up my ears,

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  • Kaitlin Thornhill
  • 12-04-21

very detailed story of London in the 19th century

learnt a lot, not as good as London in the 18th century is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars

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  • Neil Wilkinson
  • 27-03-20

Excellent in all aspects.

The writing is crisp and the details so good you're almost there in the flesh.