One of Dickens' earlier novels, dating from 1839, it charts the fortunes of an honorable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world. Dickens presents his remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the life they lead, from the generous to the fated to the crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards.
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Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks
I'm totally in awe of the narrator. I've known and loved the book (and the 7 hour play!) for years. Yes, it's mixed and has some long and some unnecessarily moralising parts. But it's such a Dickensian joy. I imagine Dickens himself performing passages from it. And he could not have done better than David Horovitch. The voices were comical, moving, terrifying. The timing was perfection. I laughed and cried. Bravo!
Smike was excellently portrayed, as was Ralph
The narration was outstanding - one of the best I've come across.
Dickers" work remains powerful and moving. Horovitch brings the characters to life with a rare and precious skill
I was humbled by the reader's awareness of the piece and his ability to covey it. worth a hundred of my college courses on dickens. dickens ain't too shabby either of course.
Ralph. Tho as a kind of caricature of heros, Nick is pretty good too.
yes and neither. see above.
thanks to both my companions of many happy hours.
"Dickens at his most tedious"
If you want to read Nicholas Nickleby, you'd much better stick to print, where the long-winded prose can be skimmed at will. As an audiobook it is a marathon. The novel abounds in bombastic moralism but lacks the wit and drama of Dickens' better works.
David Horovitch's performance is generally excellent, occasionally overplayed (in keeping with the spirit of the writing), but can't redeem the book.
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