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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"
  • Thomas Hardy | Claire Tomalin

    Thomas Hardy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Hardy's work challenged sexual and religious conventions in a way that few other authors of the time dared. Though his modesty and kindness allowed some to underestimate him, or even to pity him, they did not prevent him from taking on the central themes of human experience: time, memory, loss, love, fear, grief, anger, death. This engrossing biography identifies the inner demons and the outer mores that drove Hardy and presents a complex portrait of one of the greatest figures in English literature.

    peter says: "A Sensitive Portrait"
  • Charles Dickens: A Life | Claire Tomalin

    Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • 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"
  • The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens | Claire Tomalin

    The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted 13 years and destroyed Dickens's marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.

    Jean says: "Interesting"
  • Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self | Claire Tomalin

    Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
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    Samuel Pepys kept a diary in which he wrote with astonishing candour about the life he saw around him in London in the 1660s, and about his private desires and ambitions. The diary was kept for fewer than 10 years of his long life: Claire Tomalin tells the whole story of the Fleet Street tailor's son who made himself rich and powerful, an MP and adviser to royalty.

    Nora says: "Absolutely fascinating"
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