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Summary

Nearly nineteen-year-old Nicholas Nickleby suffers a change in fortunes when his father dies, leaving him, his sister Kate and his mother in financial need. They approach their distant uncle, the businessman Ralph Nickleby, for aid. After much consideration, and not before making enquiries through the family’s acquaintance Miss La Creevy, Ralph begrudgingly agrees to help them. He suggests that Nicholas should take a job as assistant schoolmaster at Dotheboys Hall, a school in Yorkshire run by one-eyed Mr Squeers.

Nicholas agrees on the condition that his mother and sister are cared for. The next day Ralph arranges a meeting with Squeers, who has come to London to collect pupils, and successfully persuades the schoolmaster to take Nicholas on. After departing from his uncle, Nicholas meets Newman Noggs, Ralph’s curious assistant. When Nicholas happily explains about his new position and change in fortune, Noggs reacts peculiarly but offers no explanation.

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Awful sound quality

I'm going to be blunt. I listen to audio books in the car as a way to pass the time. Volume is usually 2/3 of max so it's immersive. And I was honestly looking forward to this.

But within 5 mins I had to turn this off. At my normal volume my whole car was resonating in a way better narrators like Peter Capaldi and Stephen Fry had never managed. This had to be turned down so much to stop the resonating the book wasn't audible over the road noise and other normal noises in a car.

Sorry but I can't be bothered to continue with this one. It's simply unlistenable. Better sound engineering and awareness of listening environments would have removed this issue.

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Enthralling & excellently read

Really enjoyed this despite knowing the plot! Loved Kobna Holdbrook-Smiths various voices & rendition of the story. More Dickens please, kept me entertained for hours.

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Brilliant story. Wonderful narration

Love this book. So many lovable characters. Keep going, it just gets better and better !

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Readers voice grating

Attempted to listen to this, one of my favourite Charles Dickens books.
However the narrators voice intruded so much that I switched off and deleted the book.
I can understand why this book is being given away for nothing.

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exceptional.

Went on a recommendation was CD' s best. Command of English and storytelling is remarkable. Possibly one of my best Audible listens ever.

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Excellent narrator

Dickens needs no comment, but what a superb, outstanding, marvellous narrator! I thoroughly enjoyed all the parts in this series.

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Genius casting

I've read other Dickens novels on Audible, feeling I was virtuously stretching my mind ....but sometimes it felt so weighty and meandering that I just yearned to zone out on some Chick Lit! However with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith doing the narration it's a totally different experience - suddenly Dickens has become a page-turner, can't wait to listen to the next part. Hats off to him for bringing sometimes archaic English totally back to life. Also having it in parts is a good move. I believe the people in Dickens' time read his novels in instalments in magazines so that fits.

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Impossible to follow

The storyline is fine, I guess. But I don’t really know. I haven’t been able to finish this as the reader basically has two voices. When there are so many characters of differing backgrounds and gender, it is difficult to work out who is speaking and whether they are upset, angry or disillusioned. I hope my review is more clear.

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The narrator is great

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has the perfect voice for narrating Dickens.
It's free too, so what's not to like!

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Worst reading ever

Just listened to two marvellous performances of a Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield that we’re amazing - the contrast with this reading could not be starker - monotone and poor characterisation - avoid!