Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty (commonly known as
Barnaby Rudge) is an historical novel by the author Charles Dickens. Published between 1840 and 1841, it is Dickens' first attempt at an historical novel, his only other being
A Tale of Two Cities. Full of classic Dickensian characters, the plot is based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780 seen through the eyes of the good-hearted idiot Barnaby Rudge.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
Losing the Plot
Although one of Dickens' lesser-known works, this remains an intriguing, sometimes disturbing tale, which is read here with some skill where its varied gallery of characters is concerned. But unfortunately, there are many minor fluffs and stumbles in the reading which are unfortunately too numerous to allow the listener to relax. These sometimes occur in clusters, and it becomes hard not to listen for these rather than to follow the narrative itself.