Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (Free Audio Book)
Narrated by Debra Lynn
Barnaby Rudge is one of the two historical novels that Charles Dickens wrote throughout his career. In Barnaby Rudge, the story is set during the “Gordon” riots that transpired in London in 1780. The tale starts in 1775 which introduces us to Barnaby, his mother and his pet raven Grip as they run away from their home after being threatened by a blackmailer. After this incident, Barnaby and his mother went into hiding. During this time, Joe Willet must also leave his own home in order to escape his father’s anger and forcing him to leave the woman he loves.
Five years after their fateful day, Barnaby and Joe, along with all the characters they met during that time period gets caught in the maelstrom of the Protestant rioting which was led by Sir George Gordon. The mob reached to about 100,000 strong which quickly gets out of hand and thus plunges London into chaos. Charles Dickens weaves into this dark history his characters, both beloved and hated, and showed how this tragic moment in history changed the lives of everyone that was caught in it, either innocent or guilty.
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