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David M. Harris
AudioFile, July 2015

PEPYS, S.: Diary of Samuel Pepys (The), Vol. 1 (1660-63) (Unabridged) NA0174
PEPYS, S.: Diary of Samuel Pepys (The), Vol. 2 (1664-1666) (Unabridged) NA0175
PEPYS, S.: Diary of Samuel Pepys (The), Vol. 3 (1667-1669) (Unabridged) NA0176

Not many listeners are so thrilled by the minutiae of seventeenth-century English life that they will want to devote more than 115 hours to listening to this classic journal—but those who stick it out will be well rewarded. Narrator Leighton Pugh’s portrayal of Pepys is sometimes confiding, sometimes whiny, sometimes meditative about religion and politics, but always human. For 10 years, while Pepys was on the margins of the great actions of his time, he recorded every day’s events. From the discovery of a new public toilet to the restoration of King Charles II and the Great Fire of London, Pepys wrote down what he saw, and Pugh keeps it all lively. David Timson ably reads the historical introductions to each year. © 2015 Audiofile

Christina Hardyment
The Times (London), January 2015

…Leighton Pugh is a splendid Pepys, reading at a steady jog trot, and unperturbed even by the recurring scatology. © 2015 The Times (London)

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