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This Audible Exclusive production revisits one of Dickens' most popular novels: Oliver Twist, narrated by internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce. 

Part of the Dickens Collection, an exclusive series of unmissable performances, Oliver Twist is a gleaming example of the genius and foresight of Charles Dickens.   

When young orphan, Oliver Twist, is sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker, he leaves behind years of miserable servitude and mistreatment at an English workhouse. Hoping to move on to better things, he decides to escape his new, equally dreary surroundings and head to London.  

It is there that the novel unravels as Oliver meets a host of larger-than-life characters, including The Artful Dodger, a high-ranking member of a juvenile pickpocketing gang, and their elderly leader, Fagin. 

Desperate for affection and the sense of belonging that he has never known, Oliver unwittingly throws himself into a life of petty theft, which soon takes a violent turn with the introduction of one of Dickens' most terrifying characters, Bill Sikes. 

Exposing the cruel and inhumane treatment of orphans in 19th-century England, Dickens created one of the most significant social novels of all time. With it, he condemned the establishment for neglecting homeless children and leaving them vulnerable to recruiters who would exploit and abuse them. Oliver Twist cemented Dickens’ reputation as one of the most talented, influential and revolutionary of English authors.    

Following his father’s incarceration, Charles Dickens had to abandon his studies at a young age and set to work in a factory so as to support himself. Despite his short-lived education, Dickens went on to write 15 novels, various articles, novellas and short stories. He lectured and led campaigns for children's rights and education and arguably became the ultimate self-made man.

Jonathan Pryce is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. He is best known for Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series as well as his widely recognised performances as High Sparrow in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Cardinal Wolsey in BBC’s Wolf Hall

Jonathan most recently starred opposite Glenn Close in the critically acclaimed film The Wife, directed by Björn Runge. He can soon be seen as Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and in the upcoming Netflix feature film The Pope, directed by Fernando Meirelles, in which he stars as Pope Francis opposite Anthony Hopkins.

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Expertly narrated

Many of us are familiar with Oliver Twist, it's arguably one of Dickens' most popular and modernised stories. So what makes this purchase different from the others? Easy: the fantastic narration.

I'm growing ever fonder of The Dickens Collection on Audible. From hearing that Matt Lucas was the lead narrator in Great Expectations to Jonathan Pryce taking the lead in Oliver Twist these audiobooks have succeeded (in my eyes) in bringing the works of a master storyteller to life in spectacular fashion. Pryce has lived up to the hype created by his counterparts in this rendition of Oliver Twist and I am thrilled to have in my library, I will probably listen to this more than once.

Don't waste a second or a credit, buy this, I promise you won't be disappointed.

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A brilliant rendition of an absorbing book.

As with most of Dickens, his novels are full of characters. Jonathan Pryce bring the to life superbly even the most minor ones. I congratulate him.

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If you’ve seen the musical, you know nothing

Bleak, telling, romantic and if it were not for Eliza Davis, outright racist, this is a story worth knowing.

A vivid depiction of its era and values, with characters and themes which are both timeless and oft referenced.

It meanders in the second half of the second act, perhaps a victim of Dickens’ penchant for serialisation. Did he forget his propagandist? Still all come good in the end. And Fagin, despite the visceral hatred of both audience and author; concludes as perhaps the most interesting and relatable of Dickens’ characters.

Jonathan Pryce’s performance is beyond excellent; it perseveres, engaging one as if you were present in the room.

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A truly gripping story

The story is familiar to many through film and TV but it is only when you hear it word for word as written that the power and depth of the tale of Oliver comes to life, the narration brings real life to the characters and this very moving and sometimes tragic story demonstrates the true talent of Charles Dickens as a story teller.

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more Dickens genius

who hasn't seen the film or read the book on Oliver Twist but the superb portrayal by Jonathan Pryce brought a new level of enjoyment to me as I walked the streets during lockdown. brilliantly done.

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wonderful narrator

We all know the story so well and Jonathan Price,s superb reading brought it to life.Excellent!

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Brilliant

The best narrated thing I’ve listened to on Audible so far. Jonathan Pryce is amazing.

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Great story - times were hard back then!

A masterful story, describing just how tough life was for lower class Britons in the time of the British Empire, when Britain was the richest economy in the world. It covers all kinds of abuse and repression, and is very well told and presented.

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a brilliant performance of the classic

Jonathan Pryce gives a thrilling reading. You might enjoy the darkness of London's criminal underbelly or the comical hypocrisy of Mr Bumble the beadle. It's all here.

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A riveting story

A story of child abuse with a very satisfactory ending, a history of Victorian life for the under privileged. This was read by an excellent narrator

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  • victor j chriest
  • 27-12-20

Narration

I have listened to many books over the years I have been with audible and never had I experienced such wonderful narration. Jonathan Price voiced the characters perfectly. I had no trouble understanding what character was speaking. Each character had his or her voice and peculiarly which made it very easy to relax and get lost in the book. Well done!

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  • Mary
  • 07-12-20

Narrator was perfect

Classic story as it is, it was the narrator’s performance that truly made it worth the investment in time to revisit the timeless story.

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  • robert
  • 22-09-20

A classic tale and masterful performance!

Jonathan Pryce's performance is equal to the task of Dickens' colorful characters. I enjoyed every minute.

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  • Alina
  • 21-09-20

indeed

love it after a well vocal voice rells it to again i see why it is a story of love of hope and forgiveness

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  • John Rocha
  • 03-05-21

One Worth Reading!

It has been many years since I have read Oliver Twist. Mr. Pryce does a good job of being the characters to life with his voice. Dickens narrative is magnificent. Listen to it! Read it!

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  • Randi Bethel
  • 30-04-21

Very well performed

A classic worth reading. Jonathan Price does a great job with all the characters, especially Fagan.

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  • CountryGirl
  • 28-04-21

I’m not sure

I guess I’d say I’m not sure of the plausibility of the story. Yeah I get it’s a novel and very old but that’s the only real drawback I found. The characters are treat though and the writing is very pretty. Just seems a stretch on the story.

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  • Michelle Walter
  • 28-04-21

Dickens’ most iconic book deserves the praise.

The progression of the book’s complexity and humanity is almost a reflection of Dickens himself walking up the learning curve of being an effective writer.
Pryce is emotive, but his diction suffers a bit; his S’s bite.

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  • Shirley
  • 09-04-21

Excellent. Great reading.

The performance added to the great story, which, in itself, is fantastic. If this is your first time to ‘read’ Dickens and you are expecting the movie version with a rousing chorus of “Oom-pah-pah”, you will be surprised. The book is better than the movie and this is a wonderful presentation of the book.

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  • ColinBeth
  • 06-04-21

Well voiced classic

I take back all the dismissive remarks on Dickens after listening to this excellent reading.