Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale.
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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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
I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times.
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.
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.
"My least favorite Dickens, but still a classic"
I've got to say that even though this is my least favorite Dickens so far, this is still a book well worth listening to!
Dickens wrote this book to call attention to the plight of orphans during his time. I'd like to point out that worldwide there are about 147 million orphans at this time and we can all use this book to inspire thought on how to help orphans throughout the world.
I think the visceral reaction to the things which orphans routinely suffered was the main reason I didn't like this book so much. It hit me very hard. However, I must also say, that it does have a Dickens happy ending and some poetic as well as real, justice.
Gerald Dickens does a really fabulous job of narrating this story and I enjoyed listening to him very much.
Clearly, I was ruined for this book after having watched "Oliver!" the musical as a child...and all I can say about the movie is, how can anyone read this book and then say, "Let's make a musical out of it!"
Still a great book, but I won't be renting the movie anytime soon.
"Hands Down, THIS Is The Version To Listen To"
The story is wonderful to start with, but Gerald Dickens' narration puts it over the top!
All the truths coming out at the end.
This was my first, and I will most definitely seek out more of his work!
All of the characters are so well-drawn, but for me... probably Nancy. She risks everything to do the right thing.
Just one... if you are reading this review to see what others think of this particular version of Oliver Twist -- trust me... THIS is the one to get. You will not be sorry!
Yes, for sure. the story had me hooked from start to finish.
Well, Oliver of course, the kind old gentleman and the young lady who was kind to him.
He sounded like he was part of the story and not just reading a book.
The english is a little hard to get used to at first but once you get over that, I think you'll love the story.
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