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Summary

When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world.

Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

As an Audio Show – free for members – we’re releasing Nicholas Nickleby in 19 parts, as Dickens first wrote it. When you add this title to your library, a new episode will appear daily from 27th September.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

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Not my usual listen...... but so good!

Brilliant listen, all 19 parts are now available despite other reviews. Well worth giving it a go!

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  • Adam
  • Dunton, United Kingdom
  • 31-10-18

An epic melodrama and a wonder of character acting

This audible production of Charles Dickens's classic Victorian melodrama has been released in nineteen parts (mirroring Dickens's original print serialisation), averaging about two hours each. It has it's own epic, sweeping theme music, and a 'next time on Nicholas Nickleby' teaser trailer to the next episode, which cleverly utilises Dickens's original chapter headings.
Left Destitute after his father's death, Nicholas, his mother and sister Kate travel to London looking naturally for family help from his Uncle Ralph Nickleby. Unfortunately Ralph is anything but natural, he is a debased, scheming Usurer or money-lender, who has utterly disregarded his humanity in his quest for wealth. Ralph sets Nicholas on his apprenticeship to the schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, who with his family run a brutal boarding school regime where physical, mental and emotional abuse are the norm. Nicholas is driven to an act of rebellion that leads to him going on the run with the friendless, abused, damaged and abandoned lad, Smike. This is only the start of Nicholas's adventures, however, and through the course of the novel we shall encounter theatrical troupes, ruined dressmakers, suffering servants, heroic philanthropists and a range of heroes, villains and grotesques, moments of high comedy, incredible dramatic coincidences, edge of the seat drama, social criticism and satire that hits its mark every time.

What a joy this production is. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is a wonder of character acting; from the rasping, biting tones of Ralph to the free ranging witterings of Mrs Nickleby, the wheedling whining of Squeers, the quietly spoken heroism of Nicholas, and much more. Narrator and writer seem perfectly matched,and the result is one of the happiest, most compelling listens I have found on audible. It is first class, and its production values and use of music lift the mood and atmosphere further.

My recommended audio-book of the year and definitely in my top five of all time.

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Part 3 missing!!!!

I was getting into this but part 3 is missing and I can’t download it for some reason

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Last Part Missing

I loved this version of Nicholas Nickleby. Mr Holdbrook-Smith is an excellent narrator. However, like other reviewers I stopped listening halfway through when I realised that last 8 episodes wont download.

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Contact Audible Customer Service for missing parts

I too have had problems with Parts of this series not being downloaded to my Account: like at least one other reviewer, Part 3 was missing / not downloaded. I contacted Audible Customer Service about this, who rectified the situation by adding Part 3 to the Wishlist in my account, from where I was able to download it into my Library with no further problems. After that, all the subsequent Parts downloaded OK with no problems. So for anyone who has had the same problem with any of the Parts not downloading, I suggest you try contacting Audible Customer Service to rectify the situation. Hope this helps. I have only finished listening to Part 1 to date, but thus far the actual story and narration are both great.

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Part 3 mistery

Where is part 3? Why didn't it download? Not sure if I should continue listening or just wait for it to appear. I just love Kobna!

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Shame I can't listen to it all

Only 3 chapters downloaded for this free audiobook...as they are chapters 19, 21 & 22 no point in starting to listen..
This is the 2nd ' free' book that this has happened on. There seems to be no way by which I can retry downloading it again.
No response from Audible to my request for help....again!,
I spend hundreds of pounds on audiobooks....so disappointed I can't try.out some of the more expensive titles or those authors I'm not too sure about, when offered as free books, to see if I want to buy more in the series, later on.
A shame.

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Pathos: typical Dickens

Kobna's interpretation of different caracters is on the whole excellent. However, there are times that you cringe. The moral dilemmas are pretty one dimentional, often very predictable -- yet somehow the audiobook is compelling. I constantly fast forwarded but ended up revisiting the part I'd missed.

I think I'll leave Dickens on the bookshelf in future BUT I will check out Kobna's readings as he is truely talented.

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Loved it!

I loved this book. The narrator was amazing and made the story just flow. It's so bad that others have had missing chapters- really not good. I downloaded the complete book and binged on it over 5 days, great!

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excellent narration, and its free,

The narration is first class, as it goes without saying is the text, at the time of writing its free so if you have never tried any Dickens this is an excellent start.