A Child of the Jago


Read by Algy Pug

(1.5 stars; 2 reviews)

Arthur George Morrison (1 November 1863, Poplar, London - 4 December 1945, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire) was an English author and journalist known for his realistic novels about London's East End and for his detective stories. Morrison's most famous novel is A Child of the Jago, published in 1896, The novel described in graphic detail living conditions in the East End, including the permeation of violence into everyday life (it was a barely fictionalized account of life in the Old Nichol Street Rookery). (Introduction by Wikipedia and Algy Pug) (6 hr 20 min)

Chapters

Part 0: Title page and preface 17:04 Read by Algy Pug
Part 1: Sections 1 - 6 1:12:05 Read by Algy Pug
Part 2: Sections 7 - 12 58:48 Read by Algy Pug
Part 3: Sections 13 - 16 54:52 Read by Algy Pug
Part 4: Sections 17 - 22 55:40 Read by Algy Pug
Part 5: Sections 23 - 28 49:15 Read by Algy Pug
Part 6: Sections 29 - 33 49:23 Read by Algy Pug
Part 7: Sections 34 - 37 23:10 Read by Algy Pug

Reviews

Rookery review

(3 stars)

Thanks for doing this. I do agree slightly with the above reviewer about the dialogue parts as I occasionally had difficulty understanding what the characters were saying. In defense, you've definitely captured the atmosphere of an alien environment where people are deranged by poverty.

Narrator

(0 stars)

Mr. Pug, you have a wonderful sounding voice. It's thus unfortunate whenever a character speaks in dialogue, you switch to a high pitch screech. Not only is it grating to the ear, it's very difficult to understand what's being said. Professional voice actors don't do that, they read dialogue in their normal vocal range, even when it's a child or woman speaking. It's like a bass trying to sing as a soprano, it doesn't work. I hope you'll revisit this book someday and consider redoing the dialogue in your natural octave range. Please take this as constructive criticism, it is not mean spirited, I hope to listen to other works in the future.