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  • Charles Dickens: A Life | Claire Tomalin

    Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
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    Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature - his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being - while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great - his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination, and showmanship - finally destroyed him.

    C. Randall Curb says: "A great biography brilliantly read"
  • British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Charles Dickens | Charles River Editors

    British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Charles Dickens

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    • Narrated By Diane Lehman
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    Charles Dickens needs no formal introduction, having been the most popular English writer of the 19th century and still one of the most popular writers in history today. Dickens' upbringing was a mixture of happy times and sad. These qualities eventually helped forge him into a man many regard as the greatest Victorian era novelist, perhaps in the world, and the author of some of the most remarkable fictional characters who retain tremendous staying power to this day.

  • Charles Dickens & Jane Austen: The Lives and Legacies of Britain's Two Famous Novelists | Charles River Editors

    Charles Dickens & Jane Austen: The Lives and Legacies of Britain's Two Famous Novelists

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    Unlike other great writers and artists, during his own lifetime Dickens' works enjoyed remarkable popularity and renown. In the 20th century, well after Dickens' passing, his literary genius was truly and completely appreciated by ordinary readers as well as critics and scholars. Dickens' novels, novellas, and short stories retain powerful and enduring popularity among the public, largely because Dickens connected history with the present through universal bridges.

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

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    • By Charles Dickens
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    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

    Blue Ridge Book Lover says: "loved it much more than expected!"
  • The Life of Our Lord: Written for his own Children by Charles Dickens 1849 | Charles Dickens

    The Life of Our Lord: Written for his own Children by Charles Dickens 1849

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    • By Charles Dickens
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    This book, the last work of Charles Dickens to be published, is peculiarly personal to the writer. The manuscript was entirely handwritten and kept in his home solely for the use of his own children. It was never intended for publication, but rather written in a form which Dickens thought most suitable for his own youngsters, and they might have a permanent record of their father's thoughts.

    G. Bruce says: "Not quite Christian"
  • The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume One, 1812-42 | John Forster

    The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume One, 1812-42

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    • By John Forster
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    John Forster’s The Life of Charles Dickens is the fount, the foundation stone of all subsequent Dickens’ biographies. Forster’s three volume work is a vivid and fascinating account of Dickens’ prodigiously productive and fascinating life. Wilkie Collins, the novelist, collaborator and close friend of Dickens observed: "The assertion that no letters addressed by Dickens to other old friends revealed his character so frankly and completely as his letters to Forster, it is not necessary to contradict.

  • The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849 | Charles Dickens

    The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Aikman
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    Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing up David Copperfield, but to listeners raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus' life may come as something of a surprise. You won't find even the shadow of a Micawber or a Mrs. Gamp anywhere in this brief volume; no Pecksniffs, Podsnaps, or Mulberries, either.

    Ronna says: "Definitely Dickens version of the gospel"
  • Charles Dickens: A Life | Claire Tomalin

    Charles Dickens: A Life

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    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
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    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.

    Ken Nielsen says: "An insightful story about a great writer"
  • Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) | Kathleen Krull

    Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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    • By Kathleen Krull
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    Twenty literary luminaries, ranging from Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare to Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain, are profiled in this entertaining and informative collection. Winner of A School Library Journal's Book of the Year Award, Lives of the Writers is both an indispensable reference tool and an exhilarating gossipfest. Author Kathleen Krull makes learning fun, painting realistic portraits of Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe, Frances Hodgson Burnett, the Brontë sisters, Emily Dickinson, E.B. White, Jack London, Murasaki Shikibu, Miguel de Cervantes, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, and more. Krull serves up an outstanding introduction to the classics of literature for the whole family, while telling us all the real stories behind their writers.

    Chris says: "Uninspired & Lazy"
  • Three Short Stories | Charles Dickens

    Three Short Stories

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    • By Charles Dickens
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    Charles Dickens is known not only for his novels, but also for his short stories, particularly "A Christmas Carol." In the latter genre, interestingly, these stories had a powerful commercial impulse, for they were serialized in magazines at the Christmas season.

    Theblackersheep says: "Recording not the best"
  • The Bob Edwards Show, Claire Tomalin, February 7, 2012 | Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, Claire Tomalin, February 7, 2012

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    Today marks the 200th anniversary of writer Charles Dickens’s birth. The author of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities and others, Dickens was the Victorian era’s most beloved writer. Biographer Claire Tomalin’s new book Charles Dickens: A Life sheds light on the life of this famous writer.

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