Briggs' characterizations added so much to this story that would have been missed in print, his voices and timing were perfect. The story itself is fun, Sir Pratchett has outdone himself--it has something for everyone: humor, action, romance and mystery. Dickens lovers will be charmed, and those unfamiliar with Dickens will be enticed to read his novels.
I listened to Dodger at least 3 times, in some areas, more. I enjoy the play on words and the well-researched time period. My 11year old and I are now listening together, which leads to discussions about living conditions and human nature. Our special code word for truth at the moment, is "The Fog." Well Done Mr. Pratchett!
Dodger may be one of Sir Terry's best works to date. A historical fiction set in London, it takes the listener not only on a coming of age adventure with a somewhat "Nobbs" inspired character (albeit a much less pox riddled and more responsible version thereof), but also through a tour of life for the commoner in Victorian England. The story is gripping, the characters deep and relatable, and as with all things Pratchett: it's funny, fast paced, thoughtful and very entertaining. If you only have one credit to spend, get Dodger.
but I really enjoyed this departure from Discworld. Instead we get to visit Charles Dickens' London, and meet the person who inspired the Artful Dodger. This author is so imaginitive, while creating characters you'd love to meet for lunch or a beer, that the only problem with his novels is that they have to come to an end. Whether you love Pratchett or haven't met him yet (there are only two groups), give this novel a try.
As the author said at the end, this book is "Historical Fantasy." And it is that but also very entertaining. Definitely a light listen but engrossing and the author's use of famous people who lived during the era that Dodger takes place makes it even more fun. And the narration is wonderful. It is a joy to listen to a book that is so well narrated. It just shows me how important the narrator is. I personally don't think many narrators do the opposite sex well and shouldn't try. And then there are some narrators like Scott Brick whose voices are so distinctive as well as their intonation and phrasing that it actually takes away from the book.
I was introduced to Terry Pratchett through the Discworld series. I love the series, but really wanted something outside that realm from Pratchett - imagine my excitement when I found out about this new release ...
Set in Pratchett's slightly modified historical version of the early 1800's in impoverished London, this novel is a true demonstration of the amazing storytelling abilities possessed by Terry Pratchett. He gives us the tale of "Dodger" - a poor Londoner who spends his days scouring the sewers for washed away treasures - and his rise to renown throughout London. The tale itself is surprisingly simple, but what it lacks in depth in terms of the story it makes up for in its creativity and wit. As usual, Pratchett does not "talk down" to his readers. He assumes their intelligence and ability to keep up with the dialects and humor, which I appreciate about his writing in every one of his novels. This story is full of adventure and excitement, and a very pleasant read (listen) that is simply entertaining.
The performance was equally captivating. Briggs does a fantastic job with each accent, and makes the characters come alive in such a way, that one would think the novel was written to be read aloud to the reader. This was one of the first novels I've listened to, for which the performance was so good, I can't imagine having read the book myself. I think a huge part of the entertainment value would have been lacking.
Pratchett indicates that part of his motivation for writing this novel was to awaken the reader's consciousness to the world of 19th century London, with its stark socioeconomic dichotomy and the amazing strength of character that the poorest in the population exhibited. Mr. Pratchett, you achieved your goal in a spectacular way. You made the grey, grimy London backdrop come alive in a way that Dickens only dreamed of. Not only am I eager to read more of your books, I am eager to explore more novels - fiction and non-fiction, historical and fantasy - set in this era and in London, including the works of Henry Mayhew. Well done.
This was one of the best, for sure. I have always loved Terry Pratchett, so when this showed up at audible, it was an obvious next choice for me. This honest (but often hilarious) look into the desperate situation in London during Victorian times is quite a departure from the Discworld books, indeed. I found it entertaining, insightful, painful and so very heartfelt. All while continuing to be slightly sneaky, bawdy and grimy. It is a fantastic, amazing, wonderful book / narration and I highly recommend it!
Who could resist dear Dodger himself? An almost-honest urchin with a heart of gold and the wisdom of a scholar. He will stay with me for a long time.
This was my first Stephen Briggs performance, but it won't be the last! He was brilliant with all of the voices, male and female, and with the general narration overall. He is an extremely talented narrator.
There were So many moments in the book that moved me. I think the 'after the end' part, where Stephen Briggs is reading a note from Terry Pratchett himself might have been most moving for me. In the 'afterword' the author talks about his research for this book, and how the conditions depicted were based on factual references from the time, particularly a work by Henry Mayhew (also a character in the novel).
Yes. Well plotted. Interesting characters. Love the narration.
Shh... the good guys win and the bad guys get it and there is grace and compassion along the way.
Yes. I love his narration of Nation. This was quite reminiscent of that.
It's Pratchett, in ye olde London, in the sewers. There's a woman in distress, a scoundrel, lots of rats, an assassin, and Charles Dickens, and Briggs is reading it... you want this book.
All of them. He's a killer narrator.
Buy it now.
I enjoy all Terry Pratchett's books, He has a wonderful sense of humor, weird and wacky. Another good book by Pratchett!