Oliver Twist

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken's timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings.
The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives.
Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Superbly read

What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

I couldn't fault either the drama of his performance or his accents and characters, which were outstanding!


Any additional comments?

It's a very well known film, but the book takes you to quite a few extra places and happenings. Being a Charles Dickens, you do need to be in the right mood or frame of mind to properly appreciate it as it's pretty tough going of course.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd