The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • by Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by Alexander Spencer
  • 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Samuel Pepys's meticulous chronicles of life in 17th-century England are an exacting record of a unique historical era. Pepys lived through one of the most colorful periods of British history. He witnessed - and recorded detailed accounts of - the execution of Charles I, a civil war, the Restoration, a plague, and the Great Fire of London. His entries also record the minutiae of everyday life - scandals, intrigues, infidelities and vulgarities - presenting a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating era.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The Diary of Samuel Pepys is the enduring legacy of a British parliamentarian and naval administrator whose journal offers startling firsthand glimpses into the most dramatic events in 17th-century England.
Born in 1633, Pepys was a witness to many of England’s historical traumas: the Great Plague, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London. Pepys writes about these events with great detail, but he also writes with simple elegance about everyday delights like drinking wine and the pleasures of the opposite sex.
Using a British accent, Alexander Spencer intones Pepys words with an introspective tone.

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Despite the Fuzzy Audio . . .

I have been curious about Samuel Pepys for some years now so I got this book to find out what all the fuss was about. The audio quality is unfortunate; format 2 is the best that can be downloaded. The sound is so fuzzy that I can hardly understand the narration when I play the disks in my car (where I listen to nearly all of my Audible books as I make the daily commute to work). What I can hear, however, makes me hungry for more. The content is rich, detailed and full of references to people, events and literature contemporary to the 1660s but not so well known in 2007(naturally enough:it's a daily diary which can hardly be expected to spell out those things which were well-known or obvious to the writer). Consider this book as an appetizer. If it whets your appetite, as it has mine, you'll probably want to go to the nearest public library for one of the unabridged volumes - but make sure it's annotated!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books