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Sketches by Boz: Volume 1

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Series: Sketches by Boz, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for ‘The Morning Chronicle,’ a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.

The Sketches ‘Illustrative of Everyday Life and Everyday People’ are a valuable documentary account of existence in the great metropolis during the early part of the nineteenth century and exhibit to the full the waspish wit, joie de vivre and compassion, for which the author was known.

From the humorous gossip of ‘The Curate’ to the informative ‘Scotland Yard’ and on to a campaigning descriptive piece about Newgate Prison, Dickens takes us on a rewarding journey across our capital city, enlivened by the quirks and foibles of its inhabitants.

This is the first of several volumes of Dickens’ journalistic writing to be published in audio format by Assembled Stories. We are sure you will enjoy them.

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 11-04-11

Simply Fascinating

Beautifully read. This reading transports the listener to another place and time. I have listened to this repeatedly. I love it. The narrator is wonderful and creates the atmosphere so well with his hilarious accents. I can't wait until Part II is released. Thank-you to the person who suggested this title for an audible presentation.

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  • Keeponbookin
  • 11-08-19

Hilarious Sketches and Memorable Scenes

I laughed, snickered, and chuckled throughout most of these sketches. Dickens London seen through his eyes paints a fantastic yet warm portrait of people and places that burn into your memory. The good, the bad and the ugly--nothing escapes his notice or his satirization. Loved Peter Joyce's British narration. Near perfect emphasis, tone, and individuation of characters. Highly recommend!

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  • Owell
  • 02-02-18

Excellent reading of classic Dickens

Thoroughly enjoyed. Well read. Pleasant sounding and does characters and accents well. Will add this reader to my approved list