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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Carey Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

Risking execution if he is discovered, ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned to England from Australia. Pretending to be a servant, he is hired by a wealthy London household, where he quickly insinuates himself into his employer's affairs. Although Maggs conceals his ultimate goal, the murderous demons of his past threaten to tear away Maggs' ill-fitting disguise.

From polished drawing rooms to sooty rooftop garrets, Peter Carey's vivid novel takes you into a Dickensian world filled with intrigue and eccentricity. This exceptional work from a Booker Prize-winning author has captured awards and top places on best seller lists in Europe and America. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/30/2014

    " This is a fun book, especially if you know anything about Charles Dickens' life. Carey tackles the task of giving voice to the Australian convict who gives Pip his inheritance, but in such a way that the character (Jack Maggs) interacts with Dickens. It's a commentary on the appropriation of identity and the inherent dangers that lie in the dictatorship that it entails. But it's also a quick, enjoyable read even if you just skim the surface and stick to the plot. Carey's writing is colorful, authentic and likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 1/13/2014

    " I been reading too much non-fiction, it was good to get back into a page turner of a fiction. Not his best, but Peter Carey is turning into my default author if I'm looking for something to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Michael | 11/18/2013

    " I love Dickens, and Carey has sampled freely from Dickens' work and his life (the character of Tobias Oates contains parallels to the life of Charles Dickens, for example; and Maggs is clearly based on Magwitch of Great Expectations). But Carey's novel is original nonetheless, and written with a lively, period-flavored but not over-the-top style. The mysteries and coincidences and twists are enough to pull the reader along into the tale, and the flawed characters are compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cathie | 11/18/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. I felt little Jack Maggs or for where the story was going. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of ten previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.