Nicholas Nickleby

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 31 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles' extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.

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Incredible diversity in the actor's voice

Fantastic reading of this novel, the actor is superb and incredibly gifted in the different voices for the different characters.
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- Tracy

Not the best

This should be a nailed on hit. Dickens is one of the world's favourite authors and Simon Vance is one of the best readers on audible.

But sadly Nicholas Nickleby is not one of the master's best. It rambles along through over sixty episodes and some of them are a complete sidetrack from the story. One whole chapter is given over to a tirade against the piracy of his work by 'dramatists' who are abusing the authors work. Whilst it was interesting to hear that 175 years ago Dickens was struggling to protect his intellectual property, it didn't add to the story.

Meanwhile Simon Vance was not at his best either. Most of his stock voices are ready and welcome, but for the kindly Yorkshire farmer Simon wanders the British Isles for his accent. Sometimes he is geordie, at other times welsh and often Scottish. What he never achieves is the lilting North Yorkshire country voice which John deserves.

So this is value for money - it's long for the price - and important if you want the whole of Dickens' work but don't make it a priority.
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- Mr David Newton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-02-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.