Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins
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"Terry Pratchett is back with a vengence."
A magnificently constructed tale brimming with T.P's distinctive charm and wit providing many 'laugh out loud' moments.
The narration by Steven Briggs is, as usual, splendid and although this book is not a part of the Disc World series the familiar voices of quite a few much loved characters are echoed here.
"What's not to love"
Whenver I read a certain combination of words, I get goosebumps. For example: "Icecream sundays" or "By Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Steven Briggs".
Lovingly read by one of the best narrators I've ever listened to, this is in my opinion one of Terry Pratchetts best books.
And you can trust me on this, I'm a librarian
Funny, heartwarming & utterly addictive I loved every minute of this book, all the classic Pratchett humor and signature nods to both fictional and factual events and people. Would recommend to everyone
"Mr Pratchett NEVER fails"
I loved this tale, it had a serious side as well as the Pratchett humour. The story was set in the first part of the reign of Queen Victoria, it cleverly included the characters of Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew as a relevant part of the tale. I did really enjoy this, it was a departure from the normal stories of Terry Pratchett, - EXCELLENT!
This not being a Discworld book was worrying to begin with but I quickly found that my concern was unnecessary. Not the best book I've ever read, but it was very good!
"great story but narator not good"
I don't usually buy the unabridged versions of terry Pratchett but ONLY because Stephen Briggs is just not as good as a narrator as Tony Robinson. This story is, as usual, a great Terry Pratchet book I just feel Tony Robinson gets into the emotion and charachter a lot better than briggs.
"A real Tosheroon"
A great listen, familiarity without the contempt. Pratchett without the disc world was initially concerning but gaily the style translated to Victorian London so well that I look forward to hearing from Mr Dodger again
"Top form Fromm different Pratchett"
This clever romp through Victorian England Pratchett on top form. Historical references and witty puns abound.
It is bittersweet reading it knowing there won't be many more books the cannon, but it makes a welcome change from Discworld.
Some of the plotting didn't make the most sense on my first listen, but the new characters, heartwarming moments and laugh out loud situations meant I didn't notice as I was having so much fun
"What The Dickens?!"
Terry Pratchett is of course well known for creating vivid characters. Here he borrows one from another great writer, and does interesting thigns with him. Pratchett brings Victorian London to life with the same eye for strata and people as he does Ankh Morpork, and allows his hero to be a real person, while simultaneously shining through as slightly better than average, and much better than he's believed to be (certainly, and winningly, by himself at all accounts).
The only slight let-down here is a somewhat lacklustre narration by Steven Briggs. Normally, I yield to no-one in my appreciation for Briggs' readings of Pratchett's work: it's no exaggeration to say his readings opened up some of Pratchett's finest to me in a whole new way. Here though, it feels like Briggs, rather than Pratchett, is slightly out of his comfort zone.
Not, I should say, massively out of it - the book is still great fun and very interesting, and the narration is still head and shoulders above anyone else ever to lend their voice to Pratchett's words. But occasional stumbles from Briggs here take what would otherwise have been a four - or even a four and a half star review down to a solid, and still enjoyable, three.
"great read for all the family"
we listened to this as a family in the car [2 adults and 13 year old and 11 year old] and we all enjoyed it immensely. Great story and lots of allusions to real events of the time, including a run-in with Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street! A fantastic roller coaster journey for the dodger whom we already know of from "Oliver". Would highly recommend it.
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