Selections from The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • by Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Diary of Samuel Pepys is perhaps the most well known collection of reminiscences. He maintained it, in secrecy, from 1660, the year of the Restoration, until 1669 when fear of blindness prevented his daily labours. Though it covers less than a decade, it offers a lively and detailed insight into a period and a personality, for he noted events in both public and private life. Famous passages include descriptions of The Plague and the Great Fire of London.


Audible Editor Reviews

Pepys's candid diaries are important for what they tell us about life in Restoration London, and delightful reading, for the author had a lively mind, a keen eye, and a strong personality. Abridger Pearson Phillips has chosen the excerpts well for this volume. With admirable vigor, narrator Michael Maloney tries to give a sense of Pepys's development over the tumultuous decade that the secret journals cover. He seems somewhat distracted, as if struggling with the seventeenth-century diction.


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What a marvelous treasure. I have seen Pepys quoted in history books over the years, and finally decided to read the original. I couldn't be more pleased. Pepys (pronounced, delightfully, "peeps"), a noteworthy figure in English history for a variety of accomplishments, had an eye for detail that brings the era alive. The plague, the war with the Dutch, the nature of domestic and professional life, the fire of 1666 - his descriptions are riveting, and without equal as primary historical material.

The beauty of Pepys' diary is that he was writing for his own purposes, so it is utterly unedited for public consumption. He was a neurotic skirt chaser, but very compassionate towards his wife. The account of his wife and father burying the gold in the back garden is hilarious. Bravo to the narrator for bringing a vivid personality to this thoroughly enjoyable book.
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- Sparkly

A wonderful selection

Beautifully read - listened to it at a normal speed, no way to rev this one up! The diary entries are complete but only a selection of entries is presented. Afterwards googled Pepys and found several sites dedicated to him.
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- Alexander

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks