Barnaby Rudge


Read by Debra Lynn

(4 stars; 2 reviews)

A wayside tavern where the local men drink and gossip; an unsolved, twenty year old murder at a nearby mansion; a very talkative black raven; a London locksmith and his family; a man apparently returned from the dead; a hangman who enjoys his job way too much; an anti-Catholic lord; a large and violent mob; and the British Militia—what do all these things have in common? All have, in some way, touched or been touched by the loveable, young, simple-minded “idiot,” Barnaby Rudge.

Barnaby’s good nature makes him a joy to most who know him. Unfortunately, his eagerness to please and his gullibility make him an easy prey for the unscrupulous. Can he emerge unscathed when once he gets tangled up with the wrong crowd?

Once again, Dickens has managed to temper the horrific with his characteristic wit and humor, as he tells this tale based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780.

(Note: If the bird in this story seems familiar, it may be because he was the inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven.”) (Summary by Debra Lynn)

(24 hr 17 min)

Chapters

Preface 7:49 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 01 33:47 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 02 18:12 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 03 16:07 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 04 23:23 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 05 10:05 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 06 22:12 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 07 13:04 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 08 23:36 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 09 13:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 10 23:30 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 11 11:26 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 12 18:41 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 13 23:36 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 14 10:54 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 15 21:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 16 14:12 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 17 22:48 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 18 11:48 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 19 23:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 20 13:28 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 21 19:20 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 22 14:20 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 23 22:07 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 24 11:36 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 25 22:46 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 26 11:36 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 27 24:40 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 28 11:34 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 29 25:56 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 30 9:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 31 24:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 32 11:24 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 33 22:26 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 34 12:51 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 35 24:28 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 36 10:57 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 37 24:02 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 38 11:02 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 39 19:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 40 14:14 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 41 24:07 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 42 10:10 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 43 23:59 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 44 9:58 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 45 22:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 46 11:49 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 47 16:59 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 48 16:42 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 49 22:20 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 50 12:55 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 51 21:27 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 52 13:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 53 18:38 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 54 16:37 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 55 18:54 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 56 16:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 57 18:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 58 14:44 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 59 23:24 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 60 9:32 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 61 15:06 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 62 18:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 63 19:06 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 64 17:08 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 65 22:02 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 66 14:10 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 67 24:18 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 68 11:40 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 69 20:17 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 70 14:15 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 71 21:51 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 72 12:22 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 73 22:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 74 13:18 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 75 22:40 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 76 11:35 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 77 24:26 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 78 11:34 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 79 18:02 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 80 16:21 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 81 18:28 Read by Debra Lynn
Chapter 82 17:29 Read by Debra Lynn

Reviews

A bit of mystery . . . and a wonderful set of good and evil characters

(4 stars)

Librivox has two recordings of Barnaby Rudge. I listened to the older version by DebraLynn and it was excellent. Debra doesn't do "voices", but her reading is steady, clear and engaging. And Dickens' characters are exceptional and exceptionally entertaining, as usual. My favorite character was Mr. V. Loved how when it mattered, he stood up for what was right and in so doing restored the peace of his home. This was a bit of history that I didn't know anything about. Clearly Dickens brings his own take on that history, but when you see it through the eyes of his characters, it brings the events to life. I've never "read" Dickens, but thanks to Librivox, I've listened to a number of his books and with each book, I'm more captivated by how he uses the English language to paint pictures and characters. I'd recommend this book to those looking for a good "listen" of classic British literature.