Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (unabridged)

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Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NAX90912

Discs:

22

Release date:

26th July 2010

Barcode:

9789626349090

Length:

26 hours 30 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (unabridged)


Read by Sean Barrett

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For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it. Against the public disorder, Dickens tells of the private discord within families – with fathers and sons at loggerheads – and creates a wealth of colourful characters: the sinuously evil Lord Chester; the pretty and vivacious Dolly Varden; and the host and regulars at the Maypole Inn – a symbol of security in those uncertain and violent times.

Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (Unabridged)

Preface

Chapter 1

There was another guest…

The heir apparent to the Maypole…

The landlord pausing here…

The man glanced at the parish…

At this point of the narrative…

Chapter 2

Whether the traveller was possessed…

Thus they regarded each other…

Chapter 3

So saying, he raised his face…

With these words, he applied himself…

Chapter 4

After a long and patient contemplation…

Sim Tappertit, among the other fancies…

Although Sim Tappertit had taken no share…

Chapter 5

The widow shook her head.

Chapter 6

He took his wig off outright…

The young man smiled…

The raven gave a short, comfortable…

Chapter 7

Poor Gabriel twisted his wig about…

Chapter 8

With these words, he folded his arms again.

To this the novice made rejoinder…

Chapter 9

Miss Miggs deliberated within herself…

Chapter 10

It was spacious enough in all conscience…

John was so very much astonished…

But Barnaby delayed beyond all precedent.

Chapter 11

Everybody looked at Mr. Willet…

Chapter 12

'I love my niece…'

'In short, justifying the means by the end…'

Chapter 13

To this, Joe made no answer…

Now, Mrs. Varden, regarding the Maypole…

And she hardly looked at him…

Chapter 14

He regarded the young man sternly…

Chapter 15

Edward rose, and paced the room.

'My dear Ned,' returned his father…

The young man leant his head…

Chapter 16

Among all the dangerous characters…

Chapter 17

She had sunk upon her knees…

When he had concluded these arrangements…

Chapter 18

The light came to the level of the pavement…

Chapter 19

This little incident…

With this advice he kissed…

But on they went…

Chapter 20

Dolly bade her good bye…

Chapter 21

Joe had not the smallest objection…

Mrs. Varden opined that if he did…

Chapter 22

But even then, their very kindness shaped…

Chapter 23

Having said this in the politest…

He obeyed. His patron followed him…

As he spoke, he twisted it up…

Chapter 24

During the whole of this dialogue…

Chapter 25

She took his arm…

Miss Haredale stood beside her chair…

With that, she would have left them…

Chapter 26

If the dark little parlour had been filled…

Chapter 27

Dolly showed some reluctance to perform…

Aware of the impression he had made…

Mrs. Varden was perfectly aghast…

Chapter 28

Hugh obeyed again even more zealously…

Chapter 29

Hugh made no answer…

He raised his hat from his head…

'My dear girl,' said Mr. Chester…

Chapter 30

Joe made no effort to reply.

Chapter 31

'What noisy fellow is that in the next room?

He went out by Islington…

Dolly in the meanwhile, turned to the corner

Chapter 32

'You make me blush…'

Chapter 33

Mr. Parkes, who was possibly…

A more complete picture of terror…

Here old John precipitately interrupted…

Chapter 34

Mr. Willet fixed his dull eyes…

Chapter 35

'You surprise me, Grueby…'

As he bustled in and out of the room…

'It's a great power. You're right…'

Chapter 36

'Miggs,' said Lord George…

Chapter 37

It was the slightest action possible…

So along the Strand…

'I don't exactly know how many…'

Chapter 38

The enrolment being completed…

Chapter 39

Mr. Tappertit did not stop here…

He heaved a deep sigh as he indulged…

Chapter 40

'I thought when you left me this evening…'

The knight looked at him with a smile…

Chapter 41

The locksmith did for a moment seem disposed…

If there had been anybody…

Lest the reader should be at any loss…

Chapter 42

With that, as if to change the theme…

Chapter 43

In the abstract there was nothing…

'You have so much of my favour, sir…'

'This man,' said Mr. Haredale…

Chapter 44

Mr. Dennis coughed and shook his head…

Chapter 45

Grip was by no means an idle or unprofitable…

Barnaby looked curiously at his eyes…

She moved towards him, and stooped down.

Chapter 46

He paused a moment…

Chapter 47

Barnaby and his mother walked on…

He was evidently about to make…

Chapter 48

With hands that trembled with his eagerness…

Scouts had been posted in advance…

Chapter 49

It was between two and three o'clock…

The boldness of this action quite took them…

Chapter 50

'Fire and fury, master!' cried Hugh…

Chapter 51

'Martha,' said the locksmith…

Of a rather turbulent description…

Chapter 52

Dennis looked to where Simon Tappertit lay…

Chapter 53

'You know the news, then…?'

The two looked at him, and at each other…

Chapter 54

How long he slept, matters not…

Nearly all the time while John looked on…

Chapter 55

What hunt of spectres could surpass…

The burning pile, revealing rooms…

Chapter 56

While Solomon was speaking, old John sat…

After a short pause, Mr. Haredale shouted…

Chapter 57

Lord George, biting his nails…

At these words, Barnaby furled his flag…

Chapter 58

It was probably this circumstance…

Chapter 59

The little hand seconded this admonition…

Thrusting his face away with all her force…

Poor little Dolly!

Chapter 60

Hugh and his two friends…

Chapter 61

'Now, you hear this, my lord?'

Chapter 62

The blind man listened in silence.

'That's better said…'

'There is a gleam of hope in this!'

Chapter 63

The young fellow who held the light…

This incautious speech…

Chapter 64

They struggled together.

Although the heat was so intense…

Chapter 65

It seemed not a minute's work…

While the hangman addressed them…

Chapter 66

They laid him on a sofa…

Chapter 67

Besides the notices on the gates…

The streets were now a dreadful spectacle.

As he spoke, and drew Mr. Haredale back…

Chapter 68

Sickened by the sights surrounding…

Chapter 69

He was speedily dressed…

With such vociferations…

But this operation was postponed…

Chapter 70

Suiting the action to the word…

'Lookee here, my sugar…'

Chapter 71

Miss Miggs was at some trouble…

It was some check upon their transport…

But Dolly could say nothing…

Chapter 72

'By George!' said the Black Lion…

Chapter 73

All remaining quiet…

Barnaby recoiled in horror…

To make me easy in this jail.

Chapter 74

He looked lazily at him…

Chapter 75

Gabriel thanked him…

Sir John fanned himself…

Sir John took a pinch of snuff…

Chapter 76

The mother and son remained…

Chapter 77

Two rioters were to die before the prison…

But all these things increased his guilt.

Barnaby had moved towards the door…

Chapter 78

He could say nothing to her.

Chapter 79

He pressed her…

But in all the bandyings from hand to hand.

Chapter 80

It would have been odd enough…

Having brought this admonition to an end…

Chapter 81

The ashes of the commonest fire…

He had his hand upon his sword…

Chapter The Last

Many months after…

Mr. Willet the elder…

The Observer

“Barnaby, the vulnerable man-child, prompts some of Dickens’s finest writing. Overall, however, it’s not one of his best novels, although Sean Barrett’s magical voice somehow persuades you that it is.”

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