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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Boswell Narrator: Billy Hartman Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Boswell's biography of his friend and hero Samuel Johnson is an acknowledged classic, full of humorous anecdote and rich characterization. Johnson's complex humanity (his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humor) is set within a vivid picture of 18th century London peopled by personalities of the time such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Wilkes, Oliver Goldsmith, and David Garrick. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Abby | 2/6/2014

    " The edition I read was abridged. I found it sometimes interesting, sometimes not. It succeeds in conveying Johnson's significance in English cultural history as well as his less appealing qualities, of which there were many. An important book to read if you have an interest in the history of English lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie H | 2/6/2014

    " I found it kind of hard to read merely because the way things were written during this time. Interesting subject though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/2/2014

    " This is an incredibly warm portrait of friendship and the character of Samuel Johnson in "The Life" is one of the most vivid in literature. Johnsonians complain that Boswell's work has clouded Johnon's reputation but it was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faye | 1/28/2014

    " It would have been so much better if Boswell had kept himself out of it and had stuck to writing about JOHNSON. It really got on my nerves after a while. For once, I think I support the abridgement of a classic. "

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