Book Reviews of Pepys' Diary : Abridged Edition (Classic, HighBridge)

Pepys' Diary : Abridged Edition (Classic, HighBridge)
Pepys' Diary Abridged Edition - Classic, HighBridge
Author: Samuel Pepys, Kenneth Branagh
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ISBN-13: 9781565111349
ISBN-10: 1565111346
Publication Date: 2/1/1996
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Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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What an absolute delight. I've read many historical novels that weren't half as exciting, funny and fascinating as this book. I kept having to remind myself that this man REALLY lived through all these things -- the plague, the great London fire, the machinations of the court.

Plus, his willingness to expose in frank (and sometimes bawdy) detail his personal life, health, sexual dalliances, etc., brought *him* as well as his times vividly to life.

The editors' careful selection of entries culled out the best bits while never losing continuity. Kenneth Branagh, the narrator, is a phenomenal talent and shows it in this book. Never over-acting, he manages to convey a perfect tone (for instance, just the hint of a whisper at the more personal parts, as though Pepys was confiding in us).

Although abridged, it runs 9 hours!