The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Narrated by: Peter Kenny, Nick McArdle
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A psychological thriller before its time, James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, published in 1824, takes us back to the world of 18th-century Scotland, into a mind haunted by religious obsession, and driven to commit murder. The events are told from several different viewpoints, so that truth and reality appear to dissolve in this disturbing story of the dark legacy of Calvinist doctrine, and how it led one man to madness.

Misunderstood and neglected for more than a century, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is now regarded as a classic of the supernatural, comparable with Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or Dracula.

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Creepy and Confusing

Very creepy and gothic in an 18th century gothic way, but also very confusing. Lots of gothic novels give you answers at the end--don't expect that here.

Definitely best for people who are already comfortable with 18th century novels. I wouldn't suggest this as a first attempt for literature of that century. Very competently narrated although sometimes the Scottish accent got so strong I had to turn to the actual text to try to understand what was being said. Of course, the text is also written in that accent so I only got so far with that tactic.

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A gripping story

Well worth a listen or reading. Would that God would keep us all from such a delusion as this man suffered from his own heart's betrayal and the craftiness of the great deceiver.

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better every time I hear it!<br />

this is one of my favorite books and this audio version does it great justice.

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  • Sadi
  • 03-30-18

awesome

i was a big fan of the acting and the quality was outstanding. bravo audible.

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  • Mr T
  • 04-28-17

Amazing story! very good narrator.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. both the story and how it was narrated.
it is superbly written.

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  • Mary Yelland
  • 07-01-17

Chapter 33.....

.....where the story becomes so thick with Scottish dialect I'm afraid I've had to give up because I can't understand what's being said anymore. Until then I'd persevered with the difficulty level as I found the tale to be fascinating and complex, but it might as well be in Cantonese from Chapter of 33 onwards as far as I am concerned. A bit deflated that I'm not going to get to the end, too late to return for a refund. Shame!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

:)

Excellent listen to get the mind working, although some of the more heavily accented parts were a bit hard to translate. A story about self righteousness and as a friend said to me "Its kind of like the original found footage horror"