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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,705 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samuel Johnson Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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A literary giant of the 18th century, Samuel Johnson made lasting contributions to English literature as an essayist, moralist, poet, biographer, literary critic and editor. His philosophical novella Rasselas became so popular that it was translated into five languages. A new English edition was published every year and even today there are multiple print editions available.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Reardon | 2/12/2014

    " A philosophical novel in the "quest" format imparted with spirit, beauty and intelligence. Enjoyable and thought-provoking from start to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mossie Sweet | 2/8/2014

    " Really? They couldn't find anything, anywhere to be content about, or to rejoice in? Surely no one except my mother still spends their life in complaint about their lot? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/2/2014

    " From the curriculum of "The Rise of the Novel" course at University of Westminster Spring 2009. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/30/2014

    " Happiness is where you chose to find it. I used to move from place to place thinking that moving to another city would fix all my problems. There, I would rebuild my troubled relationships just with different people. This is kind of what the book is about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/20/2014

    " Read this in spurts, probably should have made it a night or two, but enjoyed it from two angles. The overall world view portrayed is thought provoking, especially when compared with something like Candide. But I also enjoyed the excellent wordsmanship with our English language. Short, worth a read, and just adds further to my respect and love for Johnson. The dude could turn a lengthy phrase. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/8/2014

    " While this is a very simplistic book I really enjoyed the underlying message of this book. A bit like a grownups fairytale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Lane | 1/4/2014

    " Not so much a novel as a vehicle for philosophy. Great fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maa | 11/4/2013

    " The real answer is that, sometimes, there is not a real answer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl Royce | 10/19/2013

    " Samuel Johnson gives a shit about things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 4/29/2013

    " I don't like Johnson much, though I respect his literary criticism and his Dictionary. I don't really like to be spoon-fed philosophy or morals, and he does both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Hicks | 3/4/2013

    " How can someone squeeze the entirety of human endeavor and experience into 150 pages? Bravo, Dr. Johnson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliisa Percival | 2/21/2013

    " Read for class (Fiction Before 1832). Tolerable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 12/11/2012

    " I loved the sayings, mantras, and quotes in this book. I could read it again and pull out so many life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seán | 12/8/2012

    " A veteran attorney at my internship gave me this book. I'm not sure what lesson the attorney wanted me to absorb, but Sam Johnson has wit enough to make this ridiculous tale go down easy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 5/18/2012

    " In the words of my 2 year old nephew ucky. now for my words I feel like I've read this same plot from other authors of the time period. Not a horrible story but kind of an overkill thing right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/23/2012

    " old and didactic, but not dull?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris S | 11/29/2010

    " I liked the quasi totalitarian set-yp - reminded me of the 1960s tv series The Prisoner! "

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Author Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.”