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Summary

A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.
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A classic story read to perfection

Martin Jarvis, in my very humble opinion, makes the audio books that he reads come alive brilliantly with each characters voice that he creates. As someone else said in another Dickens review, ‘It’s as if there where 20 actors on stage and they were all him’. So ‘Oliver Twist’ was no disappointment to me and I can thoroughly recommend this classic story read by a man who is master of his craft.
Just to point out that the Audible title ‘Oliver Twist Part 1’ is a little confusing. Part 2 is included in the download. You will have the complete book.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Martin Jarvis is always good

Martin Jarvis brought the book to life. I could listen to him all day! The characterisation is excellent.

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W Martin Jarvis

Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist , Part 1 to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book

What other book might you compare Oliver Twist , Part 1 to, and why?

Other Dickens' s novels

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where the beadle was present

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh sometimes

Any additional comments?

Martin Jarvis is great!Per uno straniero è utile poter ascoltare i libri inglesi classici letti così chiaramente, sembra che ci siano più attori a leggere e non solo uno. Veramente strepitoso

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  • Diz
  • Suffolk, UK
  • 13-04-13

So much more than the films

I like to listen to Dickens stories when driving, especially when driving long distances. Dicken's use of language is always a delight and the names of his characters bring a smile to my face. I also tend to choose those books that have Martin Jarvis as the narrator because he brings the characters to life just by the different voices and accents. Oliver Twist is a much longer book than I thought from watching the television adaptations and the films. More happens after the failed burglary than I realised.

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Excellent Reading

It's been a long time since I read this myself, but I can say I really enjoyed listening to it, at one pointy nephew and niece were both captivated by the story, at 6 & 7 years, I believe this is very telling. So their mum will also be investing in audio books...

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Awesome

First time for me! Totally fantastic really enjoyed the whole experience. Mr Jarvis enthralled me.

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Dickens + Jarvis = Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Oliver Twist the most enjoyable?

Martin Jarvis makes this well-known tale come to life by the vividness of his characterisation and breadth of expression. He is unmatched as a narrator of Dickens' prose, which is, as always, a treasure trove of delight.

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Classic rags-to-riches tale

Brought up in the workhouse, orphan Oliver escapes to London and finds himself caught in Fagin’s criminal underworld.

Everyone knows the basic plot of this classic tale, but I was surprised to learn how much of it was new to me. It turns out that the many film and TV versions rarely do justice to the full story as the author intended, so the second half of the story is often left out. I’ve had ‘Oliver Twist’ on my bookshelf for about thirty years but have never managed to get past the first chapter. Finding the weighty tome available as an audiobook, I jumped at the chance to listen rather than read. The lovely Martin Jarvis brings the text to life with a marvellous variety of voices and accents, and even succeeds in making those passages where Dickens goes off on a tangent about life in general appealing to the listener.

Given that I also have ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘Great Expectations’ gathering dust on my bookshelves, I think audio versions of these two will soon be on my listening agenda.

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Wonderful

Martin Jarvis is a wonderful narrator. I have loved this book. Being able to listen to this great story with all the wonderful character voices. Brilliant

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Incredible....... 👌

I loved it, and MARTIN JARVIS brings the characters to life with ease. Get it you'll love it.

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  • Michael
  • 06-09-08

Awesome narration

The narration on this was fantastic. Listening to Fagan makes your skin crawl - it's that good. I had to get the unabridged version. I can't imagine Dickens with the wonderful commentary cut out. I highly recommend this book and am going to check out what other's have the same narrator.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Philippe0742
  • 22-11-07

Magnifique lively narrator

What an amazing narrator, what an actor, what a delightful pleasure it was to listen to these many voices, to these many characters performed by one mighty talented man.
I had so much fun listening to it, listening to him that I must say BRAVO !!!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • philippe
  • 17-03-11

an enchantment

this vivid narration brings you into the heart of the story. the characters nice or bad come to live within your imagination. total immersion.

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  • C. Dean
  • 24-02-15

Brilliant Performance

Oliver Twist is a well told story, and in this case it was narrated fantastically. I don't usually like when the narrator tries to do "voices", but in this case he was great.

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  • Kaylin L Clinton
  • 02-02-17

Captivating storytelling

Having known only the musical version of this story, I was delighted to really experience the the rich writing of the novel. This particular narrator was fabulous- really colorful voice infused with humor and weight, and gave life to all the characters expertly. What a treat!

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  • Mark W Matthews PhD
  • 28-01-16

Dickens Never Disappoints

wonderful tale
rich tapestry of interwoven plotlines
memorable characters (even if they are a bit stereotypical)
excellent narration; makes listening an engaging experience.

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  • parents of many
  • 02-11-15

Absolutely wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Oliver Twist the most enjoyable?

I have never read or seen the entire story, so this was a delight. Martin Jarvis brought the characters to life and was consistent throughout the whole story. I wouldn't even think of giving this anything less than 4 stars.

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  • Andrew Lim
  • 21-06-18

Fantastic

The story is Dickens at his best - the real difference is the narration. Martin Jarvis is amazing. He brings each character to life with such clarity and intelligence is almost like watching a film. In many ways, it’s better as there is room left to paint in some of our own thoughts and imaginings on the characters that are sketched out by the author and narrator

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  • Marlo Clarice
  • 23-05-18

Good Performance by Narrator

I enjoyed the narration of this story. He had good voice inflection and did a nice job with the characters' voices. This was a book my book club chose to read. Towards the end of the story Bill Sykes is on the run. This narrator did an excellent job reading that part and I enjoyed his interpretation of events...but when it came time for my book club's discussion it turned out I was the only one who got that interpretation out of those scenes! The narrator had me convinced because of his vocal inflections that the scenes were happening a certain way, but my other book club members disagreed! I just think that was an interesting take-away.

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  • susanne
  • 09-12-17

Oliver twist

Touched by warmth, love ,and the ability to rise above adversities. No wonder it is a CLASSIC