The Last Dickens

  • by Matthew Pearl
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens's unfinished novel. But when Daniel's body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel's killer.Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel's older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens's final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens's inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens's lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

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What the Critics Say

"Matthew Pearl is the new shining star of literary fiction." (Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code)
"[Pearl has] prodigious command of mystery and intrigue [and is] at the very forefront of contemporary novelists." (Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist)

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What A Gem!

I am 3/4 of the way through this book & am completely enjoying it. I was surprised to see that there weren't any current ratings. If you are considering this book, don't hesitate. It's chock full of all kinds of things. Historical fiction adventure mystery, skullduggery, the Opium Wars commentary on colonialism and even some timid Victorian romance. But wait there's more! Most of all it's a story about the first American Popstar, the great Dickens. I am already planning to get "Great Expectations" as my next listen. I can't give this 5 stars as I've not yet read the ending but it definitely has 5 star potential.
If you're interested in taking a step back in time and get a little personal with one of the greatest writers that ever lived get this book!
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- Barbara K.

Neither good mystery or history

The Last Dickens is a poorly structured book. I'm not sure if the author let the facts get in the way of a good story, or simply was unable to come up with an engaging story line to fit the events he was trying to portray. The book feels clumsy, overly-long, and uninteresting. It's written in neither a modern tone, nor a tone worthy of a Dickens' piece, but rather some uninteresting hybrid of the two.

The reader, too, fails to bring any excitement to the story. His accents are very good, but his style is very, very deadpan, which doesn't lend itself to an already deadpan book.

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- G. Sabin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio