The Mystery of Edwin Drood: An Unfinished Novel by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens
Produced by Alcazar AudioWorks
Read by David Thorn

10.20 Hours 03/01/2006 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781470812447

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    ISBN: 9780786176083

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 fiancée, 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 work.

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Summary

Summary

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 fiancée, 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 work.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Certainly one of the most beautiful of his works, if not the most beautiful of all.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Dickens’ hypnotic storytelling and fantastic characterisation...even in its incomplete form, this remains a gripping and troubling masterpiece.” Sunday Express
“The books contains an interconnected network of destines and memories that captures the familial spirit and suffocation of the kind of English village that gave rise to Dicken’s talents and many of his anxieties.”  Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
“David Thorn reads Dickens's last, incomplete, novel, a dark romance involving a disappearance and possible murder, with a variety of voices and accents worthy of a multicast performance and an extraordinary range of color and expression. His reading, complex but neither forced nor affected, is both intimate and vivid, enlivening passages that might have been dull.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 10.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English