The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
Date: January 2006
Duration: 10 hours 54 minutes
Published after his death, Dickens brilliantly brings to life a broad cast of colorful characters in the never solved mysterious disappearance of one Edwin Drood, all set in the rural hamlet of Cloisterham around the Cathedral close.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Charles Dickens's brilliant contribution to the field of crime and detection. In fact, the novel is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it, making it a favorite of literary detectives.
Against a background of opium dens, nocturnal graveyard visits, and moldering monastic crypts, Dickens weaves a tightly knit plot centered on the ominous disappearance of young Edwin Drood. Suspected of foul murder are John Jasper, a drug-addicted choir-master who hungers after Drood's fiancée, and Neville Landless, a Ceylonese who had previously quarreled violently with the missing man. With dark, brooding atmosphere and masterful characterization, Dickens is at the height of his powers in this final work.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 01: The Dawn
Chapter 02: A Dean, and a Chapter Also
Chapter 03: The Nuns' House
Chapter 04: Mr. Sapsea
Chapter 05: Mr. Durdles and Friend
Chapter 06: Philanthropy in Minor Canon Corner
Chapter 07: More Confidences Than One
Chapter 08: Daggers Drawn
Chapter 09: Birds in the Bush
Chapter 10: Smoothing the Way
Chapter 11: A Picture And A Ring
Chapter 12: A Night With Durdles
Chapter 13: Both at Their Best
Chapter 14: When Shall These Three Meet Again?
Chapter 15: Impeached
Chapter 16: Devoted
Chapter 17: Philanthropy, Professional and Unprofessional
Chapter 18: A Settler in Cloisterham
Chapter 19: Shadow on the Sun-Dial
Chapter 20: A Flight
Chapter 21: A Recognition
Chapter 22: A Gritty State of Things Comes On
Chapter 23: The Dawn Again
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors' prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.
Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
David Thorn reads Dickens's last, incomplete, novel, a dark romance involving a disappearance and possible murder, with a variety of voices and accents worthy of a multicast performance and an extraordinary range of color and expression. His reading, complex but neither forced nor affected, is both intimate and vivid, enlivening passages that might have been dull. One quibble: Some voices don't match Dickens's description. Thorn attempts the audacious tactic of maturing Drood and his betrothed, Rosa, by subtly altering their voices over time. He miscalculates only in starting them too callow and silly; by the time the change comes (and it succeeds remarkably), it's too little too late. A pity this is only a fragment. W.M. 2006 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]