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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Pearl Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickensis a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens's unfinished novel. But when Daniel's body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel's killer.

Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel's older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens's final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens's inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens's lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

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  • A rousing yarn of opium, book pirating, murder most foul, man-on-man biting and other shenanigans—and that's just for starters.[The Last Dickens is] a pleasing whodunit that resolves nicely, bookending Dan Simmons's novel Drood (2009) as an imaginative exercise in what might be called alternative literary history.—Kirkus
  • Just what do the seemingly disparate parts of the story have to do with one another? What the publisher becomes embroiled in, in London, is far more complicated than simply manuscript detection. A whole world of life-and-death nefariousness awaits both him and the reader, who will be well rewarded. Booklist
  • Well executed and tightly controlled…extremely clever. Los Angeles Times
  • “Pearl’s plot is ambitious and satisfying, involving a murder and a missing manuscript, the opium trade, the emerging publishing business In New York and Boston, and the predicament of single, divorced women in America in the 19th century. Fans of Dickens will appreciate Pearl’s literary allusions and his thoroughly researched characterizations… Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Strongly recommended… Pearl enriches his story through an in-depth knowledge of Dickens’s career and literary works. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Janette | 2/7/2014

    " Had a great idea for a plot. I started out quite good, but I lost interest in the last third of the book. It didn't keep the tension/action strong enough to hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/5/2014

    " Another historical fiction about Charles Dickens' last novel that was never completed due to his untimely death. It's made me want to go back and read Great Expectations...and some of his other classics... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Layman | 1/19/2014

    " A quite unique novel. I now wish to read me some Charles Dickens. It might have helped the enjoyment of the book to read "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" but is not a requirement for the first read of The Last Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/18/2014

    " Very Da Vinci Code-esque. Charles Dickens' final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was only half-finished when the celebrated author died. Or was it? Publisher James R. Osgood embarks on a hunt for the final six chapters, braving opium dens, pirates, and a motley crew of clever "book"-aneers. Loaded with colorful characters, insights into Dickens' life, as well as chases and derring-do worthy of an action flick, this is a fun must-read! "

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