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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(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 08-06-07

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr David Newton on 06-08-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 15-03-07

A knockout!

Thirty-one hours of pure unalloyed pleasure. The reader is a genius.

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32 of 32 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terie on 12-07-07

Amazing

This book is so little known and should be on the best seller list!!! It is riveting. If you are a fan of classic 19th century literature, you will love it. Nicholas and his sister overcome incredible odds set against them by their unscrupulous Uncle to grow and thrive after losing their father and all financial support. They are devoted to their mother, who is silly and absurd. Touching love stories abound, and the princes rescue the damsels in distress. This is truly a great and enjoyable book with happy endings for the good guys and justice for the bad guys.

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