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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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Barnaby Rudge, one of only two historical novels by Dickens, deals with the Popery riots of 1780. It is read here by one of Britain's most popular readers, Sean Barrett, whose reading of Bleak House was widely praised. This recording is part of the extended Dickens collection offered in both abridged and unabridged form by Naxos AudioBooks. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikee | 2/15/2014

    " What a wonderful book. Insightful, funny, sad, profane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/13/2014

    " Not one of my favorite Dickens' novels but I finished it. Has some very funny parts. Like the titular character, the love story is a bit "simple." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia Lonteen-Martin | 2/2/2014

    " As all Dickens's novels, reading Barnaby Rudge is an adventure I look forward to each night and dread when it's over. This one concerns a simple man whose intelligence is less than others, who lives his life in an optimistic manner with his mother and pet raven Grip. They live outside of town in an idyllic existence, Barnaby roaming through his beloved nature and his mother caring for him. Eventually, due to his inability to distinguish good from bad, the attentions of some unsavory characters, Hugh and Dennis, he gets swept into the Gordon Riots of 1780. Much of the last half of the novel follows this spectacle, with the mobs becoming more violent and destructive until the riot is brought down by the military. The reader is quick to notice the similarity to Tales of Two Cities, in which the mob swarms like a tidal wave into the Bastille and wreaks havoc and murder. I love historical novels, so this is an added dimension of greatness. Also, best of all are the characters paraded across the pages. No one creates them as well as Dickens. The Willets, Joe and Joe Jr. and their inn the Maypole; the Vardens, Gabriel, Martha, Dolly, and their helper Miggs; Mr Haredale and his niece Emma and their home the Warren; Sim Tappertit; Mr Chester and his son Edward; all of them find a place in the reader's mind as each is revisited throughout the novel. In addition to the anti-Catholic riots, an old unsolved murder lurks beneath the surface, that of Mr Haredale's brother. Love develops, as two couples eventually come together, Dolly and Joe, and Edward and Emma. Dickens also includes prison scenes at Newgate for those guilty of leading the riots, the type of scenes so often a part of his tales. I loved this book, its characters, and of course, the typical ending in which the good prevails and evil is punished. All loose ends are always completed in a Dickens's novel. Best of all are the sentences, the parallelism, the picturesque descriptions, full of wit, humor, and poignancy. Critics claim Dickens was influenced by Sir Walter Scott's historical fiction and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting picture of eighteenth century London and the surroundings. As in all Dickens, the characters are fascinating and picturesque. In particular, the eponymous Barnaby is almost as if drawn from observation, perhaps of an adult suffering from a sever form of autism. Perhaps not as fun as some of the author's other works, but absolutely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 1/24/2014

    " I should learn my lesson and read this one chapter at a time, like his readers did. Will try it with the next book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ange | 1/16/2014

    " This was a BBC production of Dickens book. Subject and story were awful. Perhaps it was the acting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " It is taking me absolutely forever to read this book because I keep finding these little gems to marvel at and underline and make notes about. It's just full of humor and wryness and I can't get enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/6/2012

    " Wow! Such a good story. Made me cry twice-once for sorrow, once for joy! Am enjoying working my way through Dickens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 11/2/2012

    " This is a very long book so I decided to go with the Dovegreyreaders recommendation of the Sean Barrett narrated version in audio book form and he was terrific, really bringing the book alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 9/13/2012

    " Fantastic story! My wife and I read this together and absolutely loved it. Charles Dickens has got to be the best author to capture the true nature of man in all of his goodness or in his depravity. Barnaby and Grip make a great duo. This is a must-read for Dickens fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Akandwanaho Dominic | 8/12/2012

    " Poor soul---Barnaby!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Servini | 5/13/2012

    " Found it really difficult to get into this book; most unusual for me when reading Dickens. It seems as if Dickens was more concerned with the causes he was attacking than the actual story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick Grant | 12/3/2011

    " Perhaps strangely Barnaby Rudge is not the real hero of this novel. A complex plot invoving murder and the social unrest of the Gordon Riots in 1780 London. His depiction of the mob running amok in a frenzy of sectarian hatred has a modern resonance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 11/30/2011

    " Some very enjoyable plot lines, but the title character didn't thrill me. Good overall, but probably wouldn't read this one again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrian Burke | 7/16/2011

    " A plod and the women are awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 6/17/2011

    " Interesting historical fiction about the 1780 Gordon Riots. Not Dickens' best historical fiction, but mildly amusing with some memorable characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merilee | 5/2/2011

    " It was terrible. I kept wondering when it was going to get good. I chose it because it was by Dickens and had good premise. It was boring and I mentally trudged through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 3/4/2011

    " I should learn my lesson and read this one chapter at a time, like his readers did. Will try it with the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albert | 2/1/2011

    " Not terribly interesting. Hard to feel anything for the protagonists. Dickens was a master but not every book is a gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/1/2011

    " There has never been a riot committed to paper like Dickens manages here - the riots of '80! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrenl | 12/10/2010

    " A sometimes overlooked Dickens classic. The description of the Gordon riots is a remarkable piece of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 11/19/2010

    " Discovered an episode of English history of which I was ignorant, interesting story which kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie | 9/5/2010

    " Excellent and timely. Dickens was a great storyteller. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Sean Barrett has won numerous Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for his audiobook narrations. He started acting professionally at the age of twelve and has since appeared on television and in film in Minder, Brush Strokes, War and Peace, Sons and Lovers, and Return to Oz. His stage credits include performing in the West End with Noël Coward in his Suite in Three Keys. He has worked extensively on BBC Radio and has also narrated several television series, including People’s Century and Crash.