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Gentleman Jack

The Real Anne Lister: The Official Companion to the BBC Series
Narrated by: Eva Pope, Erin Shanagher
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Gentleman Jack, by Anne Lister, Anne Choma and Sally Wainwright, read by Eva Pope and Erin Shanagher.

'There are more ways than one of being happy...I am living proof of this.'

Anne Lister was remarkable. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century.

Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This audiobook introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.

©2019 Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Nilay Dervish
  • 05-14-19

Indeed a perfect companion to a perfect TV show!

Every detail that I wondered about the reality behind this great BBC production are insightfully provided with particular quotes from Anne Lister's diaries. And above all, the period dealt with in Anne Lister's life here was not previously covered with the two volume of diaries by Helena Whitbread, previously published.

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  • Jennifer Hutchings
  • 06-12-19

loved this book will listen again

don't hesitate to get this book, exciting, dramatic and wonderful in it's description of Anne's life

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  • Vonondamac
  • 06-24-19

Terrible sound issues.

How disappointing. There is something wrong with this recording. From chapter one- it's been edited to remove breathing spaces on the performance, rushed, unnatural and unpleasant to listen to. There are also two episodes of audio scramble in the first chapter. I've had to slow it to 0.95 speed and it still sounds terrible, it is as deeply unnatural as extreme auto-tune used in music. Now the second chapter has begun and it is the same. I'll be requesting my money back. Who ever produced this has destroyed what was probably a great performance of a very good book. Please fix whatever the sound engineer has done to the recording, they've ruined it.

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  • Helen Howell
  • 06-22-19

Not good

This should be called an autobiography not a story, it was difficult to follow due to the natator constantly referring back to dates. I will not listen to it again even though I have loved watching the show on tv.

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  • Dr M.
  • 06-11-19

A great companion for the TV production

Couldn't stop until it was finished. Gives a lot of context to the TV series. What a phenomenal person it's about time she gets the recognition she deserved.

My only criticism of the audio version of the book is the voice reading diary extracts. Anne Lister had a deep voice & this wasn't reflected. Felt at odds with the character it portrayed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-19

Jack the lass.. The Original Lesbian Icon !

Certain Historians should be ashamed! Ive lived 31 years of my life not knowing this AMAZING woman existed! She was brave , Ambitious, Passionate & clearly did not belong in her time! (The 1800's) But then again maybe she was? Maybe she was created to start the evolution of the 'being true to yourself' to be a pioneer for the future of pride within all us homosexual's.
I think Miss.Anne.Lister, Should herself be awarded something special to make her name recognisable by all of the worlds population within the 21st century. I could write all day about this incredible soul! Top Audiobook, Even brought the paper back!! After reading 'The secret diaries of Miss.Anne.Lister' Im scared i will run out of trnslations of the whole diary, has it even been de-coded, start to finish?? I'd love to decode it , if it has not been , R.I.P Miss.Anne.Lister. I salute you for being yourself, Like i myself always have been . I understand the struggle & toll it takes on mental health xx

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  • collijm
  • 07-12-19

Pioneer

Adventurous, stunning account of a woman understanding her difference in a different time. The impact of these courageous women in society today. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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  • Becca
  • 07-06-19

Perfect while you're waiting for S2

As promised goes into more detail about Anne's extraordinary life. Personally I didn't feel that the voice used for Anne was quite, but that in no way makes the story any less remarkable and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-19

very enjoyable listen

Good speaker, interesting listen and worth a credit. nice flow to the book, worth it

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  • wioletta
  • 06-26-19

love it

Love this book so do drama. Love Anne's charisma. Very emotional . I cried at the end