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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Simmons Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, fifty-three-year-old Charles Dickens—at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world, and perhaps even in the history of the world—hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research—or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens’ life, Drood explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author’s last years and may provide the key to Dickens’ final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, Drood is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dazzling journey through a crooked, gaslit labyrinth and a tenebrous portraiture of the tortured minotaurs that dwell within. Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge—the abyss.” 

    Guillermo del Toro, writer and director of The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth

  • “A spellbinding tale, bold and sly and so steeped in the filigree of this era that it seems to have been written just after a séance during which both Dickens and Wilkie Collins were present.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Bestseller Simmons brilliantly imagines a terrifying sequence of events as the inspiration for Dickens’ last, uncompleted novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in this unsettling and complex thriller.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A top-notch, genre-bending tour de force, this is where history and horror meet.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Simmons’ splendid pastiche is all the more engaging because we can never really know why Dickens was inspired to make such a radical departure in his final work, let alone how he would have completed it had he lived. Drood will shock and delight readers.” 


  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, February 2009
  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannie Graves | 2/19/2014

    " I had a hard time getting through this book. I am not used to having a book play with my head so much, but it was well worth the time and effort. Very cleverly constructed, extremely atmospheric, really great character development. The constant shift between reality and fantasy was...unintelligible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Pipistrelle | 2/11/2014

    " I liked it until I got to the middle, and then it dragged so badly that I tried skipping a bit, but it was terribly boring. It didn't help that the narrator was subtly peevish and that Dickens was portrayed as a self important, bloviating philanderer and the most interesting character in the book, Mr. Drood, was rather scarce. I was disappointed and annoyed and unable to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashley Moody | 2/7/2014

    " What a miserable time I had getting through this one. It was 800 pages. I kept thinking something really awesome or grotesque was going to happen, but it just sort of fizzled. Very disappointing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan McGilvray | 1/31/2014

    " I did this one on audiobook and I absolutely loved it. Very exciting with lots of twists and turns. Also some really gross parts that I will never forget... "

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