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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wondrous performance

  • By C.Z.Schipa on 10-04-15

A wondrous performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-15

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Secret of the Temple

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • would have liked a warning

  • By Hilary on 26-11-07

Not a cosy detective story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-14

It's billed as a detective story and reviewed as an artifact mystery. I'm halfway through it and so far it's mainly a diatribe on the interracial tensions, hatred and atrocities between the Jews and Arabs. And there I was thinking Amelia Peabody might appear!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful