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A Journal of the Plague Year

Gelesen von Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

(4,42 Sterne; 25 Bewertungen)

The novel is a fictionalised account of one man's experiences of the year 1665, in which the Great Plague struck the city of London. The book is told roughly chronologically, though without sections or chapter headings. (12 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Part 1

36:32

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Part 2

32:27

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Part 3

27:34

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Part 4

32:57

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Part 5

31:14

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Part 6

33:31

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Part 7

28:57

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Part 8

23:28

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Part 9

27:47

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Part 10

23:20

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Part 11

28:50

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Part 12

21:09

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Part 13

32:21

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Part 14

35:30

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Part 15

25:32

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Part 16

31:07

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Part 17

31:22

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Part 18

29:12

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Part 19

26:24

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Part 20

33:12

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Part 21

27:17

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Part 22

23:59

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Part 23

26:56

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Part 24

31:23

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Part 25

23:03

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Bewertungen

Hair raising read

(5 Sterne)

It's hard to pinpoint what this work is - the consensus is this is a work of historical fiction, though I read sonewhere that it was speculated that Defoe may have based it off a diary left behind by a relative, since Defoe was too young to have actually made record of the plague year. None the less, the account is riveting and in some respects, profoundly moving and gut wrenching as Defoe details the human costs of the plague. in particular, it was hard to listen to the account of a man who watches his wife and children succumb to the plague and be buried in a pit, to truly grasp the devastation. we have strange ifeas about how hardened people in the past must have been, but I conclude this is not the case at all. Pain is fresh and personal through any age, and Defoe, though writing from anither age, still manages to paint an account that highlights rhis very human struggle of surviving in this world. Well worth the read.

good reading of a great book

(5 Sterne)

I participated in a weeklong discussion of the plague bills from the late Tudor to Stuart visitations of the plague. Defoe’s mania for numerical detail in all his writing always raises eyebrows, but most scholars, better sourced than I agree that his numbers are too accurate to be mere speculation. His uncle Henry Foe—likely H.F.—was a London saddler when who stayed behind when Daniel’s father, Richard, fled London in 1665. DeFoe’s “Journal” is probably an embellishment of his uncle’s lost writing or of an energetic mind piecing together his relative’s lore. In either way a great, important book, read by a great LibriVox contributor.

JMDinOKC

(4,5 Sterne)

The “Journal” in the title says it all: There was a time (and it still may be the case) when a journalism curriculum invariably started with this book, which, although it was written well after the events it describes, has long been considered the first work of true journalism in English. As for the reviewers who characterize this narrative as harrowing: Well, you sort of have to expect that when you pick up a book with “plague year” in the title. The reader in this LibriVox version starts out sounding terrible, but surprisingly, his voice and delivery grow on you.

wow

(5 Sterne)

what a dreadful tale. I have listened to this twice. I cannot help but think of Jeremiah or The Book of Lamentations in comparison. as in the later, there is also a message of hope in the former. extremely informative and inspiring. the tale shows the best and worst of mankind and all that lies in between. the reader did a phenomenal job and is my favorite on LibriVox.

(2 Sterne)

Did not complete chapters in certain ones so only got part of story

great version

(5 Sterne)

Excellent narration. Very informative and engaging.