• London in the Eighteenth Century

  • A Great and Monstrous Thing
  • By: Jerry White
  • Narrated by: Neil Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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Jerry White's London in the Eighteenth Century is an unrivalled, panoramic account of the city's dramatic century of rebirth by its leading expert.  

London in the eighteenth century had risen from the ashes. The city and its people had been brought to the brink by the Great Fire of 1666. But the century that followed was a period of vigorous expansion, of scientific and artistic genius, of blossoming reason, civility, elegance and manners. It was also an age of extremes: of starving poverty and exquisite fashion, of joy and despair, of sentiment and cruelty. 

In Jerry White’s acclaimed history of London’s magnificent and boisterous rebirth we witness the astonishing drama of daily life in the midst of this burgeoning city.

©2012 Jerry White (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Extremely detailed. Best for someone interested in the minutiae of 1700s London

I slogged through the first four hours of extreme detail about architecture in Eighteen century London, but couldn’t make it through the following painfully long and detailed list of famous residents who moved to London from outside of the city. This audiobook might be useful for a person extremely interested in the minutiae of 1700 London, but I would have preferred the author choose a story or thesis and interwoven the details into the larger storyline. As it is, it reads like a PhD dissertation. If that’s what you are looking for, this is the book for you. I certainly can’t argue with the author’s considerable research effort.

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Complete Sociohistory

Personally I prefer to have a deeper insight into how people actually lived in particular places at particular times and London in the 18th Century is excellent as this is just before Modernity just begins to begin its exponential roll powered by the mass use of Coal.
London is the emerging World Capital and choosing to outline this city in this era is a brilliant idea.
As a reader/listener you will be more interested in lives lived rather than the Great Man theory of history.

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learnt a lot about 18th century London

the book cover many different aspects about life in London in the 1700's from work to politics, to expansion, architecture, art, minorities, money

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  • A. Curtis
  • 01-09-20

Detailed and interesting

Having listened to the 19th Century book previously and enjoying it I was thrilled to see this come up. Once again a vivid and detailed book about the city. The main characters, the trends and the fashions. All subjects are covered well. Very well read indeed. On to the 20th century now!

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  • Lauren Blunt
  • 11-20-20

Interesting but not interesting enough

There were many interesting parts. Yet, for some reason I was unable to stay tuned in, my mind drifted a lot whilst listening. I think it was more because it most of it was recited in a fairly monotone.

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  • Marilyn
  • 10-26-20

Disappointing and dull

Interesting but a bit dry.
The narrator cannot pronounce basic words which he isn’t suitable for voicing books. He also lack the skills to make the words of the grab your interest and enliven the text

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  • Nancy
  • 07-24-20

Fantastic detailed account 5 stars

Thoroughly engaging and entertaining descriptions of Georgian life. Enjoyed every minute. Great narration as well.

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  • katethestate
  • 04-01-21

Pronunciations

I really, REALLY wish someone had gone through this and corrected some of the pronunciations. Some of them, including ‘Holburn’, are inexcusable for anyone who’s even just visited London 🙄

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  • di9girl
  • 10-07-20

Fantastic audio history of 18th Century London

Really enjoyed this history of 18th Century London. The narration was well done by Neil.

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  • Leslie Read
  • 07-26-21

Needs maps and illustrations

The book is full of information. however, not being familiar with the street layout of London, I could do with maps and illustrations.

other than that this is a good book.

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  • Chris I
  • 04-02-21

Excellent, well researched and fascinating history

Loved this book. The narrative is eloquently written and the various aspects of London’s history in this period are covered in great detail, in a well structured way. The narration is superb too. Highly recommend!