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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Charles Dickens' brilliant contribution to the field of crime and detection. In fact, the novel is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it, making it a favorite of literary detectives.

Against a background of opium dens, nocturnal graveyard visits, and moldering monastic crypts, Dickens weaves a tightly knit plot centered on the ominous disappearance of young Edwin Drood. Suspected of foul murder are John Jasper, a drug-addicted choir-master who hungers after Drood's fiancee, and Neville Landless, a Ceylonese who had previously quarreled violently with the missing man. With dark, brooding atmosphere and masterful characterization, Dickens is at the height of his powers in this final and unsurpassed work. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deirdre | 2/10/2014

    " I have never been a big fan of Dickens, his long-winded writing style, his tendency to bog you down with unnecessary details. This, his last book, was being published as a story in parts. Intended to be a 12-part piece, Dickens finished only 6 of them before he died. Being a story of Dickens' though, it has now been published in one binding as an unfinished novel...which only makes the story worse. Now there's all this speculation about what Dickens intended for the remainder of the book, and y'know what? I'm just not that interested. I have David Copperfield on my to-read list, and that's probably the last bit of time I'll spend on Dickens. Blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 1/29/2014

    " Sinful that he died before he finished it. Makes me want to cry really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody Hill | 1/10/2014

    " I actually read the original by Dickens. Even though I did my senior thesis on Dickens, I had forgotten that he died while writing this novel. I was so disappointed. I'm going to read one that has been finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/5/2014

    " Everyone knows that this was Dickens' last novel and that he died before completing it. I went into it knowing this. I'd embraced it, accepted it and read away. With all this in mind, it was only natural that I was pissed off that it just ends! It was getting really juicy when it just stops-now rationally I know he died and that's why it wasn't completed, but I still can't help think, how rude! As always, with any of Dickens' novels, this has amazing characters, vivid locals and great action. Truly one of the greatest literary bummers, that he didn't get to complete this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/1/2014

    " This was not my favorite Dickens but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he died before he was able to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/1/2014

    " I wish Dickens hadn't died before he finished this novel. I felt so ripped off! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Herbert | 12/30/2013

    " My main motivation for reading this was having just read "Drood," the fictionalized account of Dickens' writing his last novel. The newer book has many parallels with Dickens' last, unfinished novel, so it was interesting to compare and contrast. Unless you are a real Dickens scholar I don't think I'd recommend "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," because it is unfinished. It certainly has all the makings of classic Dickens--incredible descriptions, unforgettable characters, etc, but it is very frustrating to never know exactly where he was going with the mystery. Good to read just for the historical significance, as Dickens' last novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " I knew going into this book that it had no ending, yet I was still annoyed. So much for setting expectations. Other than that, I think Dickens has done better work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H.J. Swinford | 12/1/2013

    " Obviously unfinished, but the first half of the book which here exists is spectacular. So uncharacteristic of Charles Dickens, the few characters have depth, the language is poetic and efficient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettie | 9/4/2013

    " The book that was finished by Leon Garfield and dramatised by BBC starring Ian Holm as the dark John (Jack) Jasper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 6/26/2013

    " Noooooo!!! Dickens makes it pretty obvious to the reader who he wants to be thought of as the villain, but I still would have liked to have been able to read how it all played out. Serves me right for reading an unfinished novel. I want resolution!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 11/20/2012

    " Really wanted to read the second half of this. A great shame he didn't get to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ted Magnuson | 1/2/2012

    " I'm sorry, Dickens fans. This one tanked for me. While it had a good scene or two, it was something of a slog. It was Dickens last book, never finished by him. I put it down about a third the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Lee Graham | 12/13/2011

    " I always have loved Dickens and this is no exception. It's not his best, but the intentions are there and often I've laughed out loud due to Dickens' ever present ability to skewer a certain class of people. Wished he could have finished it before he died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Anne | 10/19/2011

    " It's Dickens. If you like wordy melo-dramas, you'll enjoy it. If not, probably not so much. Interesting depictions of 19th C opium addiction, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/11/2011

    " Never before have I appreciated the dry, wicked humor of Charles Dickens as in this book...going to put it on my fav shelf when I'm finished... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bo Gerner Nielsen | 9/9/2011

    " A fantastic story in Dickens tradition. Unfortunately, this was his last novel as he died while writing it and therefore it is not finished. The lack of an ending results in the three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/30/2011

    " Difficult to rate and discuss an unfinished book. Lots of great characters as per usual Dickens fare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/9/2011

    " Shifting gears from the YA novels I had been reading took a few chapters, but I love Dickens' style and caricatures. The book is only half-finished, but I enjoyed being a sleuth (and author) myself in order to imagine how I would write the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 5/25/2011

    " For an unfinished book this was very fun to read (being incomplete may be a major problem, but it is the only problem). Dickens' characters, story, and humor are at their best. If he had finished it this could have turned out to be one of his best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jsanders1379 | 5/16/2011

    " Never before have I appreciated the dry, wicked humor of Charles Dickens as in this book...going to put it on my fav shelf when I'm finished... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 4/26/2011

    " I didn't realize when I started the book that it was never finished, so I was a bit confused at the end. However, what I read, I liked. I was disappointed that we'll never know the end to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 3/15/2011

    " So frustrating that the book was left unfinished! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morbus | 1/31/2011

    " I planned to conclude this as an school assignment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikee | 1/2/2011

    " A wonderful mystery. One problem -- it is unfinished !! Not clear who did it! One thing is certain. It would have been a great ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 12/10/2010

    " Classic dickens with some wonderfully drawn characters; even better because unfinished. You can make up your own ending!!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 11/19/2010

    " Just getting into this book and already feel like I'm meeting an old friend.
    I know this is going to finish without me knowing what happened to Edwin Drood and feel so frustrated as I would love to know. Need a time machine. "

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