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The Complete Charles Dickens Collection (51 books) [Illustrated] Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 19163 KB
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023W6HQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and "slave" factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobson on December 1, 2010
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I bought this despite the review that said that there is no index. The reviewer is wrong. The index is on location #1. It is easy to choose a particular book. So many to choose from...feel a bit overwhelmed with the choices. Have just started one of the later ones. Everything is working well. Great bargain. My only preference would be for another font.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Holder on December 11, 2010
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A couple reviews said there was no index for this title. It DOES have an index. When the book automatically opens after downloading it opens at the "beginning" which is AFTER the index. Press previous page when it opens.

I don't know if I will ever finish all of these books, but I like having a few of my favorites at my fingertips in one file.

Items like this are my favorite part of having a Kindle. I don't think this could be accomplished in a printed form without being too heavy to carry.

The only downside I see to it is that, as a previous viewer noted, the font is not to my liking.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Shy Funnybones on December 17, 2010
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After pressing the menu, I clicked on "Go To" and selected "Cover." It took me right to the active Table of Contents where I could click on each book individually.

I agree with what others have said about the font. I find it helps to make the font a little larger and change the typeface from "regular" to "sans serif."

All in all, I am delighted to have on my Kindle all these books by such a wonderful author. I am starting with one of my favorites: The Pickwick Papers.

Edited on April 4, 2011: There is now a new Dickens collection available which is better than this one: It is "Complete Works of Charles Dickens--Absolutely Everything with Illustrations" (March 12, 2011), published by Delphi Classics. It is fine with the Kindle: it has an active TOC for each work (though not for each chapter), which I reached by going to Cover and then paging forward, and indeed this edition has "absolutely everything," grouped into these sections: The Novels, The Christmas Novellas, The Short Stories, The Christmas Short Stories, The Short Story Collections, The Collaborative Works, The Plays, The Complete Poetry, The Non-Fiction. It has wonderful, old illustrations, some photos, and pictures of historical material. Best of all, the font used in the works is much nicer than that in the above edition. In my opinion, this March 12, 2011 Delphi Classics edition is the one to buy!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on December 23, 2010
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I've collected about 100 Kindle complete works now. Sadly, this was one of the 3 worst.

The main killer for this collection -- Monospace font. The whole collection is in a large, unchangable font. Also, there are no marker bars between stories or chapters (active table of contents).

If the font was fixed, I'd add a star.

As for the writing, this is Dickens. Five stars for the content.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Wagner on March 18, 2011
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This is a poor edition. Yes, there is an interactive Table of Contents for the Volumes but that is all. Once you have selected your book, there is no table of contents for that particular work. The font used is also awful. For the same price, you can get a much better version from Mobile Reference and get easily to the exact chapter within the book you want to read. Some even have chapter titles. I bought this one first before I knew about Mobile. This one will be deleted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Billbot on February 8, 2011
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I don't mind the monospaced font. It's wonderful to have a complete Dickens at hand for a nominal price. Yes, there is an index.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane, Guelph, Canada on February 2, 2011
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It is hard to find anything to complain about with this "book". Great reading at a great price. Table of contents is effective but due to the massive size of this compilation, going back and finding a specific page or part can be somewhat difficult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hughes on November 29, 2011
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Like other reviewers have already mentioned, I found the index (found it thanks to another reviewer's helpful instructions) but it was not that easy to navigate. My real problem, and the main reason for returning this item, was that I couldn't get it to render in a medium sized font. One size was too small for me to read comfortably and the next size up was huge.

I thought $2.99 was a great price for this collection and if you can work with the somewhat cumbersome index and are comfortable with one of the font sizes - go for it!
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