The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Read by Alan Chant

(3.7 stars; 19 reviews)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. The novel was left unfinished at the time of Dickens' death, and readers have often speculated what the ending might have been. The novel is named after Edwin Drood, but it mostly tells the story of his uncle, a Jekyll-and-Hyde-esque choirmaster named John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is Drood's fiancée, and has caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless, who comes from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with his twin sister, Helena, and immediately makes an enemy of Drood. It is hinted strongly that Jasper is the murderer, but it is not known whether Dickens had a surprise in mind. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(12 hr 21 min)

Chapters

The Dawn 11:31 Read by Alan Chant
A Dean, and a Chapter Also 32:34 Read by Alan Chant
The Nuns' House 34:05 Read by Alan Chant
Mr Sapsea 29:44 Read by Alan Chant
Mr Durdles and Friend 18:46 Read by Alan Chant
Philanthropy In Minor Canon Corner 30:14 Read by Alan Chant
More Confidences Than One 25:46 Read by Alan Chant
Daggers Drawn 27:15 Read by Alan Chant
Birds in the Bush 43:34 Read by Alan Chant
Smoothing the Way 40:40 Read by Alan Chant
A Picture and a Ring 42:00 Read by Alan Chant
A Night With Durdles 39:50 Read by Alan Chant
Both At Their Best 31:49 Read by Alan Chant
When Shall These Three Meet Again? 39:30 Read by Alan Chant
Impeached 24:57 Read by Alan Chant
Devoted 31:11 Read by Alan Chant
Philanthropy, Professional and Unprofessional 42:41 Read by Alan Chant
A Settler in Cloisterham 23:52 Read by Alan Chant
The Shadow on the Sun-dial 21:37 Read by Alan Chant
A Flight 30:10 Read by Alan Chant
A Recognition 15:40 Read by Alan Chant
A Gritty State of Things Comes On 50:16 Read by Alan Chant
The Dawn Again 53:23 Read by Alan Chant

Reviews

(5 stars)

Great recording! Thanks a lot to the narrator! I saw the movie on tv and got curious, and listening to this is even better!

Hours of enjoyment

(5 stars)

This reader was absolutely perfect for this book. The narrator's British accent was perfect for Dickens, and his character voices had all of the color that Dickens is so good at creating in his characters. I'll definitely look for this reader again.

Had to give up

(1 stars)

I wholly disagree with the previous review that gives this recording 5 stars. I found the reader's attempts at character voices to be so bad that I couldn't pick up the actual words. This was especially true when the guy tried to do an old woman's voice... none of the dialogue actually got through to me because the "voice" made the words unintelligible. I guess the reader deserves a bit of credit for trying, but really, I'd just as soon be able to hear the author's words than listen to silly voices.

An exceptional recording

(5 stars)

Dickens' final novel, left unfinished at his death in 1870, is a mystery story much influenced by the 'Sensation Novel' as written by his friend Wilkie Collins. The action takes place in an ancient cathedral city and in some of the darkest places in Victorian London. Drugs, disappearances, sexual obsession, disguise and a possible murder are among the themes and motifs. A sombre and menacing atmosphere, a fascinating range of characters and Dickens' usual command of language combine to make this an exciting and tantalising story. Many thanks to Mr Chant for his breathtaking recording. A true delight to listen to. It will appeal to all enthusiasts of classic British literature and to the distinguished listener!