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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Angela Cheyne Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charles Dickens made the first of 3 trips to the United States in 1842, when he was 30 and already famous, having written several novels including The Pickwick Papers. This book begins dockside in London and recounts his escapades throughout his journey in a witty and conversational style, with his characteristic irreverence. This work will make Americans acknowledge the debt owed by Twain, Mencken, and others to Dickens, the foremost man of letters of his day. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/17/2014

    " Dickens did not like America on his initial visit in the early 1840s. He describes his disgust at seeing herds of pigs roaming the streets of New York, expresses doubts about the climate of Washington, D.C., decries the national habit of spitting tobacco, and insists that he condemns American politics and the American press in order to make "the Truth" generally known. His denunciation of (almost) all things American was re-imagined in his novel, Martin Chuzzlewit, in which he sends his main character to a Jamestown-esque swamp apparently located in the middle of Ohio (where the character sickens, nearly dies, and comes to an appreciation of his superior British identity.) The novel is funny; this book was not. Dickens is pompous and judgmental, very much a mid-Victorian male. In this book one is forced to spend a great deal of time with him, which I did not particularly enjoy. For example - on the stormy passage over, Dickens explains that the terrible weather had an upside in that his wife was too ill to talk to him. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dee Rose | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. He was surprisingly very witty and I found myself chuckling several times. He's a brilliant writer and sometimes it feels like you're reading a fictional story then you remember this actually all happened to him over 100 years ago. It's pretty neat. Plus, his vocabulary was remarkable... I think anyone who reads this is bound to learn a handful of new words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wordwizard | 1/31/2014

    " Highly enjoyable. Much is still relevant today! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher | 1/22/2014

    " enlightening look at earlier times in America, as observed by an astute and funny Dickens "

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