Pepys' Diary is one of the most celebrated journals of all time. Such is the wit and style of Pepys' writing that listeners to this selection from the early years of the diary will gain not only a unique view of 17th century London life but also a vivid picture of Pepys the man as he strives to establish himself in his career and in society.
©2008 Hodder & Stoughton; (P)2008 Hodder & Stoughton
This short glimpse into the life of Samuel Pepys, was most enjoyable. I ended up so interested in the subject, that I got onto the internet, and read more about him and things such as the medical profession of the day. (samuel pepys had a kidney stone removed, and it was quite horrendous! although it isnt covered in this audible) So much history, and he was right there.
The reader was also fantastic.
I heard Kenneth Branagh's reading some years ago and was delighted to see this on Audible. The charm and fascination of Pepys is that his world is brought to life and his foibles are unintentionally exposed. Kenneth Branagh brings the old boy to life. He gives him the depth he deserves as a human being. It is all here - his ambition, greed, adultery, incisiveness, huge administrative ability and vanity. It is a portal into a vanished world.
"Following Pepys abroad."
To get the flavour of the mid 17th century, this is enlightening. I think the language and labourious nature of Pepys daily regime is difficult for us to fully comprehend BUT there are little gems in the writing and surprising anecdotes and it is so much easier to listen to an audio rendition rather than trying to wade through the original diary.
For historians this is excellent. For me, certainly of interest , and I'm glad I listened to it.
"Much Lost in the Abridgement"
Branagh's reading is delightful but it doesn't make up for the yawning gaps in Pepy's life that are so obvious in this abridged version.
The only reason this didn't score full marks is that it is unabridged. Kenneth Branagh was excellent, very dry .
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