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In true Dickensian fashion, The Old Curiosity Shop offers a humorous yet devastating depiction of both the most honourable and most corrupt members of 19th-century English society.

Hailed by Queen Victoria as being 'interesting and cleverly written', The Old Curiosity Shop introduces listeners to the uniquely colourful characters of Nell Trent, her young friend, Kit, her doting grandfather and the evil moneylender to whom they all fall prey, Daniel Quilp.

A gentle and caring young orphan, Nell works in her grandfather’s shop alongside her only friend, the honest and hardworking Kit.

Upon discovering that their shop and income has been gambled away and is now in the hands of the wicked and grotesquely deformed Daniel Quilp, Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee from their hometown and throw themselves on the mercy of strangers; forever to be hunted by the malevolent ghosts of their past.

First published in 1841 in serial form, The Old Curiosity Shop experienced worldwide success and was praised by the public and critics alike. In this modern and original adaptation, Jessie Buckley delivers an astute and powerful performance which is guaranteed to intrigue listeners from the start.

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Glorious narration

A marvellous Dickens tale, a huge range of characters wonderfully performed by Jessie, I’ll look out for more by her.

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(Spoilers) Marvellous performance from Jessie Buckley

If anyone doubts the genius of Dickens, then in my opinion they should just read the following description of grief. It takes a genius to write this:

“If there be any who have never known the blank that follows death—the weary void—the sense of desolation that will come upon the strongest minds, when something familiar and beloved is missed at every turn—the connection between inanimate and senseless things, and the object of recollection, when every household god becomes a monument and every room a grave—if there be any who have not known this, and proved it by their own experience, they can never faintly guess how, for many days, the old man pined and moped away the time, and wandered here and there as seeking something, and had no comfort.”

This is a wonderful rendition by Jessie Buckley, and I will certainly be checking out other examples of Audible’s Dickens Collection, featuring performances by professional actors. They help bring Dickens to life.

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  • 07-04-21

Awful narration

I bought this as part of a two for one deal - never again. Ruined by poor narration. The cadences fell and rose all over the place as if the narrator didn't understand the meaning of what she was reading. I couldn't wait for it to end.

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Apalling narration of a below average Dickens

First things first: In my view, Dickens was a writer of such greatness that even works falling into the second rank of his output trump the absolute pinnacle of many another popular author. This story, then, though far from his best, is still well worth reading.
It's also well worth listening to but not with this particular reader.
To give her her due, Jessie Buckley has a very pleasant reading voice and enunciates very well.
However, she gives the impression of reading the words without actually listening to their meaning. Whilst the words are correct, the emphasis and intonation are not. Dickens' sentences are frequently long and complex and J.Buckley often sounds as if she's finding her way through them for the first time, with little idea of what he was trying to say by the end. This sort of thing often happens once or twice in an audiobook when the reader clearly loses concentration momentarily but, in this case, it's continual and persistent. There are barely two sentences together that are correctly read. It is jarring for the listener and, for me, detracts from appreciation of the story.
I wouldn't recommend Jessie Buckley reading this kind of work. I'm not suggesting she's a bad reader per se - it's just a case, I'm sure, of a mismatch between reader and book.

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Bad voice or recording. I couldn't tell which but it got screechy in places and was unpleasant to listen to.

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Loved it!

Beautifully narrated, I found the whole thing gripping. The description of Dickens's characters made me laugh out loud on several occasions.

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Couldn't get into it like other Dickens tales

not one of my favourite Dickens. Narrator had same voice for several characters. Maybe better with different narrator.

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Epic Dickensian journey

Classic Dickens delightfully brought to life by the many voices (and gentle Irish narration) of Jessie Buckley.

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Wonderful story

Usual and intriguing Dickens themes beautifully read by J Buckley. Her voices for each character are amazing

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Not the best of Dickens

I am a keen fan of Dickens but had never read The Old Curiosity Shop. I wish I had left it at that! This is if it’s time; whilst some of the descriptive passages are brilliant (the journey through the industrial town is of particular note) the plot is sentimental and maudlin to the point of making one lose sympathy with the main characters. In addition, even for Dickens, some of the sentence construction is extraordinarily verbose - was he getting paid by the word for this one?

So if your looking for your next Dickens do not start here.

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  • 22-03-19

Great narration

Jessie Buckley’s narration was excellent. This is my 4th Dickens I’ve listened to on audible & I wish she would have narrated all of them. Each voice was unique making it easy to picture each character. Worth listening just to hear Quilp’s evil laugh!! So entertaining.

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  • PS123
  • 28-03-21

Fantastic performance

Jessie Buckley is an amazing narrator. She told the story so well, with such nuance and charm, that I sometimes forgot that I was listening to someone read a book. At times, I felt like I was actually right there, observing the story as it unfolded.

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  • R
  • 17-02-21

Narrator was amazing

This recording of The Old Curiosity is one of the best Audible books I’ve heard. The narrator was masterful, and the story very engaging. Dickens was a true virtuoso at setting a scene, sketching characters, and building suspense.

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  • Score623
  • 14-09-21

Jessie Buckley really makes this performance

The story is good, but Jessie’s performance as the narrator is fantastic! She really differentiates between each character which frankly helped me keep everyone straight. She’s extremely engaging.

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  • oseedee
  • 11-09-21

An Unforgettable Experience!

I am so glad I listened to this book! This tale takes place, not in the shop itself, but on a long journey of survival, where the reader comes face to face with pure evil, unconditional love, moral redemption, and unflagging courage in the face of disaster. Dickens takes characters to the cliff and just when you think all is lost, the bridge appears! And even when characters die, as two protagonists do, you find your heart comforted and your spirit lifted by some of the most beautiful words in all of English literature. Bless you, Charles Dickens! The world is SUCH a better place because you wrote books.

Jessie Buckley's narration brought every character to life! I sometimes think female narrators have a harder time portraying male voices than male narrators have in portraying female voices so I tend to lean towards male narrators, but Jessie proved me wrong! She did a brilliant job! Jessie, if you're reading this, I loved the little snort you always added to Quilp's laugh! Perfect!

I highly recommend this book to anyone and especially to you Dickens' fans who haven't yet added this jewel in your basket.

Oh, and by the way, if you've ever owned an obstinate horse in your life, this is a MUST READ for you! Dickens' depiction of Kit's pony is priceless!

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  • Lisa Ann Robertson
  • 01-08-21

Superlative Performance

This is a rich, complex Dickens novel that is performed incredibly well. Buckley does an excellent job differentiating the cast of characters by giving them different voices that are easy to tell apart. At times she was hilarious, and I laughed aloud, which I never do. If you're a Dickens fan, listen to this book!

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  • Jacob
  • 23-06-21

A wonderful story

I found this the hardest of Dickens' novels as it touches so many raw nerves of addiction, loss, and injustice. But it was well worth the effort and is probably my favorite

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-21

Just a Good Story

The Story: A great Dickens classic. The characters are real and the plot engrossing. I recommend this book to any fans of Classic literature.

The Narrator: Jessie Buckley is energetic and full of expression. I found myself attached to each of the main characters by the personality she gave them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

Best of Dickens, excellent narration

I have read this book prior listening to it and always considered it one of Dickens' best. Buckley's narration is superb, each character is individual, unique, and consistent.

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  • Mark
  • 21-05-21

Dickens narrated by Buckley - wow

I’ve always loved sentimental, moralizing, playful, observant Dickens - narrated by the incomparable Jessie Buckley this audiobook is a treasure.
I replayed her rendition of the marchioness imitating Sarah Brass over and over - brilliant!