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on 8 February 2013
Contrary to the previous review, I can assure you that this (the Latham/Matthews edition) is the unedited, uncensored, complete version. The reason for the confusion is that the Amazon 'Look Inside' feature on this product page is currently taking you to a different, earlier version (Wheatley) which did have passages and words censored which Wheatley thought could not possibly be printed. You can verify this by going to Look Inside and checking the front cover - you will see it is not the Latham/Matthews version.

If you want the complete, uncensored Pepys don't worry, this is the only edition to get - all nine volumes of it (11 with the index and commentary). Highly recommended.
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on 19 August 2001
As the most famous "alive at the time" eye witness commentator of 17th Century life and times Pepys writes in a style which is easily understood by the modern reader whilst still retaining all the stilt and nuance of the Stuart times. 1664 was not a famous year; The Great Fire of London and the Plague were still to come - but it was an important year for Samuel. He records his earnings breaching the important £1000 barrier something he aspired to and signified to him that he had really "arrived" in 17C London. If you want scandal and gossip this book has got it (as in the "towsing" of 'Mrs' Lane!), if you want tragedy and human drama then read about his Brother dying and the problems it causes not least because of the secret love child he left behind.
Samuel Pepys never fails to demonstrate that human emotions have changed little in over three hundred years and that even a giant amongst men such as himself still has qualities that betray his humanity in an entertaining and absorbing way.
This is book 5 in a series of 10 utterly consuming books on the times just after England's Civil War. Samuel Pepys knew (and was known to) King Charles II by sight and experienced if not influenced many important events of the time.
Anyone who really wants to know this era of English history should read his works.
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on 30 September 2014
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Hatty Naylor's skilful adaptation of Pepys' diaries ever since I first heard it on Radio 4 extra.

The dialogue between the actors comes across very naturally, and it is very easy to identify with Samuel, his lovely wife, Elizabeth and their household, family and friends. Pepys seems to have popped up everywhere as a bystander to a great many historical events and from a historical perspective, that's very interesting. However, the minutiae of the daily lives of Samuel, Elizabeth, his 'boy Will' and their 'wench' Jane is extremely entertaining, and shows that times may have changed, but human nature is still more or less the same.

Wonderful to listen to whilst baking in the kitchen, or on a long car journey. An excellent buy.
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on 8 July 2005
There could never be a better translation and publication of Pepys' wonderful diary. Lanthem and Matthews have put a lot of time into translating this series.
In the first book there is an introduction of several essays - a short biographical piece and information on the use the diary has for both literature and history, as well as a history of previous publications of the diary. These come in very useful and are also extremly interesting foreground reading before beginning the actual diary itself.
The editors explain how they have translated the diaries and the difficulties and have tried to present the diary how Pepys' would have wanted it. They have tried to make it authentic as possible - only changing bits they absolutely have to and the reader is always informed of such changes.
Pepys is an extremly important part of English history as he was witness to the restoration of the king after the death of Cromwell as well as the plague and the fire of London. His diary is wider then that - it is a record of humanity. It is unique in that it is very honest - a graphic detailed account on a man's life both public and private.
Such history from a first hand account and not regergitated by modern day historians is invaluable for anyone interested in the history during this period.
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on 29 September 2014
Buy this it is very informative about our history and very interesting too. A fine bunch of actors especially Krtis Marshall as Pepys and Katherine Jakeways as his wife. I fully recommend this 11 CD (running time 12 hours 15 minutes) .
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on 5 December 2012
I have always wanted to read Pepys diary specifically the entries about the plague years and the great fire of London. For these two topics alone this was worth reading. You get a real sense of the fear and emotion of the time. I loved it when Pepys described burying his wine, money and parmesan cheese in the ground to protect it from the fire.

On the down side it's still a diary and not everything is interesting so some bits can be dull from time to time. Overall this is an ideal book for anyone interested in this period and looking at the day to day life in 17th century England.
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on 3 June 2012
Of course this classic 1875 text is fabulous, but someone hasn't thought about readability on the kindle, and this kindle edition is made unreadable by the insertion of the original 1875 footnotes in with the text. Very, very bad. My advice - spend a quid and get a better edition.
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This is another fascinating historical biography that reads more like a novel than a stuffy factual book. Virtually everyone knows the name of Samuel Pepys. Ah yes, he's the man who wrote the diary. This is of course true, but do they actually know anything about the man behind the name of Samuel Pepys. What for instance were his feelings on the politicians of the day. What were his own ambitions and aspirations.

Pepys was a naval administrator and friend and confidant of some of the most famous and powerful people in London . Sex, the plague, music, marital conflict, naval life, public executions and incarcerations in the Tower of London. These are just some of the colourful events in the life of a man famous for his writing of a diary.

The book contains a wealth of interesting material about the life of a man who's name goes before him. Everyone knows his name, but few know of the life of the man himself.
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One would normally purchase all ten volumes at the same time and would therefore have this companion volume to hand. If you are planning to purchase all ten volumes separately, I would suggest also buying this volume at the same time as the first. The alternative is to sit at a computer typing in the names you come across into an Internet search engine to find out who they are and how they relate to Pepys at the time.

I would also recommend Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin for a good background read before starting the diaries themselves.
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This is the version of the Complete Diaries of Samuel Pepys that does not have the annoying notes breaking up the narration. If you want the notes, get this version. Check out the 'Look Inside' options on both versions to see which you prefer.

Unfortunately in this version there are no notes at all, so you will probably also need to buy this in paperback, as it is not available on Kindle.
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