Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Dickens's first historical novel is set in 1780s England at the time of the Gordon Riots. In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale half-wit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arrested as the leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. He is condemned to death on the gallows, but an upright locksmith named Gabriel Varden comes to his aid. Dickens provides another memorable cast of characters, including the dull-witted, tyrannical John Willet, Dennis the Hangman, and Hugh the savage ostler.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2008.
ISBN: 9781433245268

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Jun 13, 2012

Wonderful production. The narrator did a magnificent job with the voices. It's about 24 hours long so you'll need patience but the story keeps you interested. It's one of Dicken's rare historical novels, in this case depicting the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. The story revolves around the endearing figure of the idiot Barnaby Rudge and his pet raven Grip and the troubles of an English Catholic family as the head of that family deals with a tragic family past amidst the current turmoil of the riots.

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