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    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 359
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      4 out of 5 stars 324
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 318

    Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw

    • By Conguirk on 12-03-14

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume I: 1660 - 1663

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, David Timson
    • Length: 42 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in 17th-century England covering his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theatre, food, wine and his peccadilloes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life in a Perilous Time

    • By Barbara on 09-18-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
    • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
    • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Get Lost in Another Time

    • By C.P.G. on 01-12-16

    Regular price: $25.59

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • Volume II: 1664 - 1666
    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 37 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in seventeenth-century England, covering his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theatre, food, and wine and his peccadilloes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ...but will esteem pleasure above all things

    • By Darwin8u on 12-01-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume III: 1667-1669

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, David Timson
    • Length: 36 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 35

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the Navy Office, it is an intimate portrait of life in 17th-century England, covering his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theatre, food, and wine and his peccadilloes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • There is nothing like silence - C'est Fini!

    • By Darwin8u on 12-25-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Pepys - After the Fire

    • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Katherine Jakeways, Kris Marshall
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Kris Marshall (My Family) stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the famous diarist's account of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. Following on from the acclaimed radio dramatisation of Pepys' complete diaries, this further instalment of his chronicles focuses on events following the cataclysmic inferno that destroyed much of the capital 400 years ago. When the Great Fire of 1666 was finally extinguished, little remained of London but smouldering rubble.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice Conclusion

    • By Eli on 12-05-16

    Regular price: $10.65

    • Selections from The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys is perhaps the most well known collection of reminiscences. He maintained it, in secrecy, from 1660, the year of the Restoration, until 1669 when fear of blindness prevented his daily labours. Though it covers less than a decade, it offers a lively and detailed insight into a period and a personality, for he noted events in both public and private life. Famous passages include descriptions of The Plague and the Great Fire of London.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful.

    • By Sparkly on 08-20-11

    Regular price: $20.29

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Volume 1, 1660-1663

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Samuel Pepys' classic diaries, brought to life by Kenneth Branagh.

    Pepys' Diary is one of the most celebrated journals of all time. Such is the wit and style of Pepys' writing that listeners to this selection from the early years of the diary will gain not only a unique view of 17th century London life but also a vivid picture of Pepys the man as he strives to establish himself in his career and in society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I really enjoyed this, great reader also!

    • By ben on 11-16-11

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Fred Williams
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, Pepys chronicled the events of his day. His diary provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues, naval, church, and cultural affairs, as well as a quotidian journal of daily life in London during the Restoration.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • worth the effort

    • By beatrice on 04-16-11

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    • Excerpts
    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Alexander Spencer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Samuel Pepys's meticulous chronicles of life in 17th-century England are an exacting record of a unique historical era. Pepys lived through one of the most colorful periods of British history. He witnessed - and recorded detailed accounts of - the execution of Charles I, a civil war, the Restoration, a plague, and the Great Fire of London. His entries also record the minutiae of everyday life - scandals, intrigues, infidelities and vulgarities - presenting a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating era.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Despite the Fuzzy Audio . . .

    • By Ben on 04-27-07

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Volume 3, 1667-1669

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this, the final part of the Diary, Pepys is well established in his post in the Navy office but troubled by failing eyesight which eventually leads him to stop writing his journal. Much of this portion of the diary is about his affair with his wife's servant, Deb Willett, which took up much of his energy throughout this period of his life. But we are also treated to his customary vivid portrait of London life in all its rich variety.

    Regular price: $15.88

    • The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Volume 2, 1664-1666

    • By: Samuel Pepys
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this second part of the famous diary specially adapted for audio, Pepys gives us vivid eye-witness accounts of two famous events: the Plague and the Great Fire of London. Not only do we learn how these two events affected the people of London but also how Pepys and his family were affected, along with his usual minute observations of seventeenth century London life.

    Regular price: $15.88