Charles Dickens: A Life (Unabridged) Audiobook

Narrated By Alex Jennings

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Tantor Audio presents Charles Dickens: A Life audiobook in a downloadable format. This book was written by Claire Tomalin and narrated by Alex Jennings.

This version of Charles Dickens audiobook is published in an unabridged format. That means that this is complete narration of the written book.

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On Saturday, March 15, 2014, @CathyAshley tweeted:

CathyAshley Wow -just met Claire Tomalin, author of 'Charles Dickens: a life'-she has agreed to speak at a fundraising dinner for @FamilyRightsGp in Nov

On Friday, March 14, 2014, @wilkiewrites tweeted:

wilkiewrites #fridayreads Charles Dickens - A Life by Claire Tomalin - rather a good biography of the man - warts and all.

On Saturday, March 01, 2014, @richardmarson2 tweeted:

richardmarson2 Now reading Claire Tomalin's biog of Charles Dickens. In awe of the epic scholarship but also the absolutely magnificent writing; so vivid

On Saturday, March 01, 2014, @unclebertfegg tweeted:

unclebertfegg Just finished Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens biography. I rarely read biographies but thought this was excellent.

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, @ladyscience tweeted:

ladyscience @AquilaRush The Charles Dickens biography by Claire Tomalin was quite good.

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, @catherinepope tweeted:

catherinepope 4 of 5 stars to Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin

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Newnham_College Has anyone seen #TheInvisibleWoman yet?The film is based on a book by Newnhamite Claire Tomalin about Charles Dickens' secret mistress.


When Charles Dickens died in 1870, The Times of London successfully campaigned for his burial in Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of England's kings and heroes. Thousands flocked to mourn the best recognized and loved man of 19th-century England. His books had made them laugh, shown them the squalor and greed of English life, and also the power of personal virtue and the strength of ordinary people. In his last years Dickens drew adoring crowds to his public appearances, had met presidents and princes, and had amassed a fortune.

Like a hero from his novels, Dickens trod a hard path to greatness. Born into a modest middle-class family, his young life was overturned when his profligate father was sent to debtors' prison and Dickens was forced into harsh and humiliating factory work. Yet through these early setbacks he developed his remarkable eye for all that was absurd, tragic, and redemptive in London life. He set out to succeed, and with extraordinary speed and energy made himself into the greatest English novelist of the century.

Years later Dickens's daughter wrote to the author George Bernard Shaw, "If you could make the public understand that my father was not a joyous, jocose gentleman walking about the world with a plum pudding and a bowl of punch, you would greatly oblige me." Seen as the public champion of household harmony, Dickens tore his own life apart, betraying, deceiving, and breaking with friends and family while he pursued an obsessive love affair.

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. The man...

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