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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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Of Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley says that his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels. Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic, and lionized.

Charles Dickens offers brilliant interpretations of almost all his major works, an exploration of his narrative techniques and his innovative voice and themes, and a reflection on how his richly varied lower-class cameos sprang from an experience and passion more personal than his public knew. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 2/15/2014

    " Very long and in depth as she tries to pinpoint the character of Charles Dickens through his works. If you have not read all of his works extensively, it is not very easy to follow along with a lot of her reasoning. I did not find this particular book enjoyable. I learned a lot more by simply reading the remarks concerning his life on the internet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 2/9/2014

    " Critical appreciation which makes some unusual judgments about the novels--judgments that don't always agree with the accepted critical evaluations. Interesting read nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Munro | 1/28/2014

    " A slender bio by an incredibly intelligent biographer, who offers up plenty of theories about novels and novelists as well as telling the tale of Dickens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/25/2014

    " This was interesting. Much I didn't know about Charles Dickens. Sad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 1/12/2014

    " A brief but enlightening look at one of the greatest authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayu Palar | 1/4/2014

    " This book isn't really special, but from it I know more about Dickens' life. I want to read a more complete biography though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/3/2014

    " Engrossing bio of Dickens. Small book-easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/3/2013

    " A mix between literary criticism and biography. I would have gotten a lot more out of this book if I had read more Dickens, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I might look for more books from the Penguin Lives series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lynch | 11/29/2013

    " While this was a good book, I was looking to use it more for research for a program. I needed to look elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 8/16/2013

    " This seemed to be more about the parallel between Dickens' life and the lifes of his characters. Interesting insights into Dickens evolving views towards women. Critical looks at his novels and his writing. Not for someone who is looking for a straight biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Conboy | 3/21/2013

    " Excellent overview not only of the life of Dickens, which can be summed up as "poor boy makes good," but also the novels themselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 2/10/2013

    " I love Charles Dickens and Jane Smiley but this book was a real snoozer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 9/2/2012

    " Interesting to see how Dickens' fiction changed the world of books. And to think most of the books were written in serial form for periodicals/papers. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Delise | 10/8/2011

    " Too brief a book to do Dickens justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna | 8/7/2011

    " Loved it!! Succinct, thoughtful, balanced...a delight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/7/2010

    " A slender bio by an incredibly intelligent biographer, who offers up plenty of theories about novels and novelists as well as telling the tale of Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/11/2010

    " Engrossing bio of Dickens. Small book-easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 12/21/2009

    " This seemed to be more about the parallel between Dickens' life and the lifes of his characters. Interesting insights into Dickens evolving views towards women. Critical looks at his novels and his writing. Not for someone who is looking for a straight biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayu | 5/29/2009

    " This book isn't really special, but from it I know more about Dickens' life. I want to read a more complete biography though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 1/11/2009

    " Read as a companion piece when I was tackling Little Dorrit for my Brit. Lit class. Very interesting book and not boring at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casie | 1/8/2009

    " He was kind of a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 8/12/2008

    " Interesting to see how Dickens' fiction changed the world of books. And to think most of the books were written in serial form for periodicals/papers. Amazing. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.