- Dickens on Dickens
- Narrated by: Gerald Dickens
- Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 14-03-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Create Digital Publishing
Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.
It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.
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By Mark Taylor on 27-07-12
A Flawd but Respectable Narration
Any narration of Oliver Twist has to pass a rather formidable test for me, as I had an abridged reading which my mother gave me years ago on two cassettes read by Ron Moody. Possibly over dramatic, but memorable for the same reason. Priced as it is, this is a good narration. There is also the potential added bonus of this tale being narrated by a Dickens family member which gives it a sense of authenticity.
It doesn't get top ratings for three small niggles, but they may matter to others who are more particular about these sorts of things. Firstly, while most of the characters are well voiced, some of them do appear to merge one with another at times, at least to my ears! Secondly, there are a few audio distortions and Gerald Dickens does sometimes seem to be a bit too close to the microphone so that popping noises are quite frequent. Thirdly, a section of the book appears to be missing. We get to hear that the good doctor is thinking about how to save a situation, but we don't hear his suggestion, and it's not entirely clear why Mr Giles and Brittles are being "bullied" or why Oliver is able to tell his story to the Doctor and his friends.
A book and a narrator is a partnership and, while this is on the whole good, I'm sure there is a better relationship out there
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By Amazon Customer on 31-10-12
Would you listen to Oliver Twist again? Why?
I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?
I love the contrast between Dickens descriptions of his "evil" characters; Bill Sykes, Fagin, and his "good" characters; Oliver, Nancy.My favorite scenes are the comedic ones between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble.
What about Gerald Dickens’s performance did you like?
Gerald Dickens is a brilliant narrator who accurately imitates every regional accent necessary to this cast of characters; a skill I greatly admire.
When I purchased this version of Oliver Twist, I had to chose between a couple of very fine narrators and was pleasantly surprised that Gerald Dickens was not just trying to "cash in" on being the great grandchild of Charles Dickens, but is highly skilled and talented in his own right.
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By The Wolf on 09-11-17
Really great narration by Charles Dickens descendant. A thoroughly professional job.
And the story itself! Wow! I have read and/or listened to this novel about ten times....as well as seeing a couple movie versions. I highly recommend it...don't cheat yourself! This is a great story!
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