Claire Tomalin is the author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Samuel Pepys Award, and dubbed "invaluable" by the New York Review of Books. Alex Jennings is an associate actor with the RSC and has also worked with the Royal National Theatre. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, his most notable audiobooks include The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis and Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.
"Tomalin provides her usual rich, penetrating portrait; one can say of her book what she says of Dickens's picture of 19th-century England: it's crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Tomalin's sprawling biography of one of history's most revered literary figures-with its dizzying cast of characters and mixture of literary criticism, detailed historical record keeping, psychological insight, and human drama-would present a challenge to any audiobook narrator. Thankfully Alex Jennings is more than up to the task, successfully rendering the complicated inner struggles that shaped the temperament and life of Charles Dickens. Jennings also provides spot-on dialects and accents, particularly in sections of the book that detail Dickens's travels to the United States and dealings with his American contemporaries. Keeping pace with this audio edition requires active listening, but Jennings's narration is more than rewarding. A Penguin hardcover. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.