A Life of Johnson

  • by James Boswell
  • Narrated by Billy Hartman
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Boswell's biography of his friend and hero Samuel Johnson is an acknowledged classic, full of humorous anecdote and rich characterization. Johnson's complex humanity (his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humor) is set within a vivid picture of 18th century London peopled by personalities of the time such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Wilkes, Oliver Goldsmith, and David Garrick.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Scottish Actor, Billy HScottish Actor, Billy Hartman brings a genuine authenticity to what has been called one of the greatest biographies in the English language. A Life of Johnson, written by James Boswell, is the intimate and complex look at Samuel Johnson, one of the more important contributors to English literature. With a gravelly vigor, Billy Hartman animates this biography, invoking all the humor and anxiety with which Johnson's life was filled. Along with the detailed look at this beloved writer's life, listeners will enjoy a rich look at 18th-century London life.
artman brings a genuine authenticity to what has been called one of the greatest biographies in the English language. A Life of Johnson, written by James Boswell, is the intimate and complex look at Samuel Johnson, one of the more important contributors to English literature. With a gravelly vigor, Billy Hartman animates this biography, invoking all the humor and anxiety with which Johnson's life was filled. Along with the detailed look at this beloved writer's life, listeners will enjoy a rich look at 18th century London life.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks