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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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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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