After writing OLIVER TWIST and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, the author next turned to historical fiction, using the notorious Gordon Riots of 1780, a clash between Catholics and Protestants, as the backdrop for this novel. It’s a dark story but one that yields rich prose and a murder mystery. Narrator Sean Barrett has the kind of elastic, wide-ranging voice that is well suited to Dickens’s writing style. Barrett can affect a sprightly youngster, a wise but weathered old man, a scheming politician, and an assortment of women, all of whom play major roles in this classic tale. It’s a joy to listen to him alternate between characters and his own deep, robust reading voice, an accomplishment he keeps up for 25 hours. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2010]
Library Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2010
CD ISBN 9789626349090 $128.98 Twenty Two CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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