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Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens

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)

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)
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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)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

24h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:50


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

16:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

22:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

12:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

21:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

13:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

18:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

18:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

16:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

18:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

14:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

23:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

15:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

18:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

19:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

17:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

22:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

14:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

24:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

11:41


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

20:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

14:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

21:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

12:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

22:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

13:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

22:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

11:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

24:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

11:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

18:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

16:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

18:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

17:30