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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 34 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

One of Dickens' early works, Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity that is interspersed with Dickens' moving condemnation of society's mistreatment of children and the cruelty of the educational system. Young Nickleby struggles to seek his fortune in Victorian England, yet succeeds despite social injustice, in a story that mirrors Dickens' own rise from poverty to great success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old warhorse fighting fit

  • By Brian on 06-09-09

Old warhorse fighting fit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-09

What a joy it was to revisit this old favourite in the hands of such a consumate artist as the reader Alex Jennings.
His characterisations are without peer and I would tentatively suggest could not have been bettered by The Great Man himself in his famous readings - just listen to his delivery of
Ralph Nickelby's death as an example - chilling.
Anyone who feels they aught to read Dickens but have been reluctant to try should give this one a try.
Superb.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The American Boy

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must

  • By The Fool on 23-04-06

A Tour de force

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-09

what a wonderful experience this book is.
The author combines an intriguing mystery with a sure footed attention to period detail that is simply exquisite.
Although the setting is the early 19th century the subject matter
(a banking scandal)is coincidentally remarkably contemporary.
The characters are fully fleshed out and entirely believable.
The writing style is reminiscent of Dickens - and I can think of no higher compliment for a book of this type.
Alex Jennings, the reader, with his superb characterisation
and delivery completes what is a a hugely pleasurable experience.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ritual

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

In the pitch dark, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the greatest Mo Hayder book...

  • By Jacqui on 20-05-14

A Shabby Little Shocker

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-09

A tedious work filled with artifice in which a rather thin story line is padded out with reams of irrelevent detail(a good example is a comprhensive description of the contents of a bathroom cabinet when the character is merely taking out travel sickness medication). Overwelmed by all this dross, one is left with little sympathy for the main protagonists, especially the lady who is simply irritating.
The faintly patronising delivery of the reader does not help - I felt rather like a child being read a bedtime story, albeit a rather gruesome one.
Anyone looking for an 'out of the way' detective novel would be much better served by turning to Ian Rankin (Rebus) or for a touch of the bizarre Peter James (Roy Grace)

8 of 10 people found this review helpful