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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for 'The Morning Chronicle,' a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.

The Sketches 'Illustrative of Everyday Life and Everyday People' are a valuable documentary account of existence in the great metropolis during the early part of the nineteenth century and exhibit to the full the waspish wit, joie de vivre and compassion, for which the author was known.

From the humorous gossip of 'The Curate' to the informative 'Scotland Yard' and on to a campaigning descriptive piece about Newgate Prison, Dickens takes us on a rewarding journey across our capital city, enlivened by the quirks and foibles of its inhabitants.

This is the first of several volumes of Dickens' journalistic writing to be published in audio format by Assembled Stories. We are sure you will enjoy them.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Shilling | 1/18/2014

    " It's taken me a while to learn how to read Dickens and get down with his rhythm (I'm still learning). I love his descriptions of every . . . little . . . thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Sutch | 1/16/2014

    " This is a collection of the newspaper columns that first made Dickens a celebrity in the 1830s. There's a lot of very interesting (and satirically funny) observations of London life at the times, as well as some first tentative tries a storytellling. Worth a read for people interested in the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Sam | 1/15/2014

    " In these early works you can find hints of Dickens' later novels, characters, and themes. The wry humor is also reminiscent of Twain with a British rather than American dialect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 12/30/2013

    " I found myself much less engaged by the sketches as I do a normal Dicken's plot. The lack of a named character to really grasp hold of and follow through a narrative was lacking for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/24/2013

    " A fascinating, insightful, sarcastically amusing look at life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/16/2013

    " Great to sample how Dickens developed his talents for characterization and description. Wonderful to read during/after a week of tramping around "his" area in London--you'll know where he's talking about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/30/2013

    " Finished it! Whewph! It took forever. It certainly wasn't his greatest work, but it did have a few gems in it. I did see a lot of his future characters in the making in this book, which was quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/27/2013

    " Insightful, thought provoking, witty, cynical, classic Flanerie; you have to be in the mood for lengthy descriptions and minute details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 9/8/2012

    " It was good, and some parts were really good, but it's not up to his usual quality. Because he wrote it before he attained his usual quality, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 6/26/2012

    " Entertaining and well observed but sardonic social comment rather than the deeper moral questioning of, say, Great Expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.E. | 4/10/2012

    " Read bits and pieces of it. Jolly good. Wonderfully warm and delightfully ludicrous at points...not a fan of his 'sad, dying children' sketches, but the others are excellent. Such inane, mundane people. So much fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danica | 3/21/2012

    " So much fun to read these shorts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 8/29/2011

    " read this in honor of Dicken's 200 year anniversary. of course not like his novels, but still full of his wit, characterization of common events and people to make them uncommonly interesting and funny (or sad) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 4/11/2011

    " I just couldn't finish this! No plot, no characters, no story to follow. These are literally sketches and I just couldn't get into them. I have loved everything I've read by Dickens, I love his flowery words and the flow of his novels but even his descriptions couldn't hold my attention! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/28/2011

    " It was a good book to be able to pick up and put down. At times it was slow, but overall a good read. Have to love Dickens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 1/3/2011

    " Classic Dickens. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 10/8/2010

    " This is a collection of the newspaper columns that first made Dickens a celebrity in the 1830s. There's a lot of very interesting (and satirically funny) observations of London life at the times, as well as some first tentative tries a storytellling. Worth a read for people interested in the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astrangerhere | 8/10/2010

    " I found myself much less engaged by the sketches as I do a normal Dicken's plot. The lack of a named character to really grasp hold of and follow through a narrative was lacking for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cajohnson | 7/2/2010

    " It was a good book to be able to pick up and put down. At times it was slow, but overall a good read. Have to love Dickens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/2/2009

    " It's taken me a while to learn how to read Dickens and get down with his rhythm (I'm still learning). I love his descriptions of every . . . little . . . thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/14/2009

    " Insightful, thought provoking, witty, cynical, classic Flanerie; you have to be in the mood for lengthy descriptions and minute details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander | 10/27/2008

    " It was good, and some parts were really good, but it's not up to his usual quality. Because he wrote it before he attained his usual quality, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/10/2008

    " Finished it! Whewph! It took forever. It certainly wasn't his greatest work, but it did have a few gems in it. I did see a lot of his future characters in the making in this book, which was quite interesting. "

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Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.