Boswell's London Journal

  • by James Boswell
  • Narrated by Anthony Quayle
  • 0 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1762 James Boswell, then 22 years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in 18th-century London.

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Myriad Problems immediately recognized

The titular problems are objectively, memetically disqualifying by their very existence. BOSWELL was famous enough for these journals to be examined. He became famous because of his meticulously detailed Life of Johnson, and these journals are of similar literary significance. The two year period of my paper Boswells London Journal was dense, long, and had several narrative digressions (his attempts to purchase a military commission as an officer, the underlying fact that his Scottishness made him overcompensate esp relating to his tyrant, the 8th Laird and his father, his daliences and use of odd prophylaxis,

HOW COULD EVEN AN ABRIDGED VERSION WORTHY OF THE NAME BE LESS THAN 8 HOURS LET ALONE 56 MINUTES. I PURCHASED JUST TO HEAR HOW MUCH THEYD RUIN MY FAVORITE THING
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- Brian

Very Disappointing!

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This very short abridged version of James Boswell’s ‘London Journal ‘ is enough for the listener to decide that the full work is not a worthwhile investment in time and energy.

Apart from a superficial description of his first meetings with Samuel Johnson, these musings deal almost exclusively with the narrator’s intimate encounters with the other sex.

Though it is perhaps somewhat revealing of the times when it was written, this self-centered account is today almost completely devoid of interest.

To top it all, the technical quality of the recording is quite below par, as if the microphone had been deficient.

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- Pierre Gauthier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2008
  • Publisher: Saland Publishing