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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: February 2009 ISBN: 9781600244643
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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.” 

    BookPage

  • 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 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 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 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 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 1/29/2014

    " It took me about half the book to get to where I appreciated it. The ending was pretty anticlimactic but I loved the depiction of Dickens and of Wilkie Collins. So, even tho it was a chore to read I did like it overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 1/28/2014

    " A waste of a month of my life. Pointless. Frustrating. Expected so much more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 1/27/2014

    " Parts of this book are tedious to the point of excruciating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/21/2014

    " Not my favorite book, however if you are a Charles Dickens fan (which I am sorry to say I am not), you might just love this book. I can't give a fair review since it's not really my style book and I don't want to turn away anyone from it that might end up loving it. So my advice if you like Dickens and a good mystery with some darkness this is the book for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Mihevc | 1/19/2014

    " So long and boring, I couldn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rod | 1/19/2014

    " I can't believe that this mess was written by the same author that I loved in the Hyperion and Ilium series. Frustrating at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/15/2014

    " bizarre and memorable--in the way some nightmares are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitaker | 1/14/2014

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Bolwar | 1/2/2014

    " I stopped reading this doorstop before page 200. Life is too short to waste your time reading crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Despins | 11/22/2013

    " Really like it, but it was a little long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kinseycm | 6/23/2013

    " Long, got a little weird to say the least, but a very good book if you have the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken McDouall | 1/20/2013

    " Creepy Victorian scenes, opiate abuse and hallucinations, and a mysterious criminal/monster who may or may not be real. A fascinating novel that plays with the Drood mystery and creates a vivid portrait of Charles Dickens and his long-time friend Wilkie Collins. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andi | 11/21/2012

    " This book was a huge disappointment and I do NOT recommend it. Too long, very boring, and nothing like "Summer of Night," my favorite Simmons novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 4/5/2012

    " This book was an incredible piece of historical fiction. Dan Simmons combines Dickens' biography with a horror story to create a truly haunting portrayal of the author's last years. I would suggest this to any fans of Dickens, horror, or Victorian England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/22/2012

    " Very good. It took me a while to get through because I'm a slow-ish reader, but well worth it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Luhrs | 3/9/2012

    " Great book... except for the last 100 or so pages.. where it all fell apart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregory | 6/16/2011

    " Too damn long. I was hoping for more from Dan Simmons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrill | 6/14/2011

    " A bit of a run on... but great for history of a lost era! Dark and disturbing... which seems to be something I am drawn to. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/4/2011

    " A long, slow book that is fascinating, but will be hard for many people to get all the way through. Is it worth it? Hard to say. I wanted to quit during a lot of it, but I didn't, it took forever, but I'm glad I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/2/2011

    " Coming on the heels of finishing The Terror by Dan Simmons, I was really looking forward to this book. Whoops. I got bogged down in the Dickensian minutia in the middle of the book. It just seemed like the clock stopped somewhere along the line and I couldn't get through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 5/19/2011

    " Dry, long, and a miserable protagonist...unusual for Dan Simmons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bartee | 5/10/2011

    " Very large book and drags a bit in sections. Unnecessarily long. I love long books but they have to be captivating! A little disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/7/2011

    " Boy did this book draaaag. It's absurdly long, was not engaging, and it's beyond annoying when characters turn to address the reader directly with winking comments, especially when it interrupts the flow/action of a supposedly moody historical piece. "

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