For a lover of Discworld and especially the Guards series, this was especially poignant. The melding of historical characters with the best of Dickens was beautifully done as always, and the story is infused with laughter, insight and wit seldom found in literature today. Add in the wonderful narration of Stephen Briggs and there aren't many better ways to spend an evening.
I am a big Discworld fan and thought I'd try this. I think it will not disappoint fans even though it is set in this world - sort of. Pratchett read a book on life in Victorian London and just had to do this. We meet the usual array of delightful characters getting in and out of scrapes - these ones mostly in dirty streets and dirtier sewers. Sadly, the plot just isn't as good as I would have liked. The bad guys were underdeveloped and barely sinister, there were lost opportunities to ratchet up the mayhem, and several loose ends. Still, it was fun to meet Dickens and a re-imagined Artful Dodger. I do recommend it even with it's flaws.
Fun read, if you are tired of sci-fi, romance, or car chase mystery's, you might find this a fun little read. Charles Dickens is a newspaper writer who meets a young cove named Doger, a tosher who works the sewers of London.. who lives with an old Jew and prays to the Lady of the sewers or the Roman goddess Cloacina. Lots of history done in a fun way, more like history-ish...
i like to read. i like to listen.
i mean...how can you give this book a bad star review? i needed to take a break from the more serious novels i have been reading and just listen to "ear candy"...which this novel certainly is.
as a lover of Dicken's novels...i understood and little nods of the head in this novel towards his works.
it's a true romp. a cute story.
This is a great story from the creator of Discworld, Tiffany Aching, The Bromeliad Trilogy, Nation, and The Amazing Maurice. It is very different from those other stories, but it is full of his humor and voice.
Stephen Briggs does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. His acting gives each character great depth.
The only Charles Dickens I have read was the minimum I could get away with in school as a kid, but after listening to Dodger I have a desire to give his works a closer look.
I hope to read many more Terry Pratchett books like this one.
I really enjoyed Dodger's character and personality! To have a life such as his and turn it into almost an art form... and have such a great attitude about it. It was an interesting storyline with fun and fascinating characters!
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
We are big Terry Pratchett Disc World fans and this was a bit different but still Pratchett. I enjoyed the look back at an old London and an alternative view both of Dickens and the Artful Dodger character. My sister especially enjoyed Solomon a Fagan-like character? He is good. I loved Dickens. Fun to see some historical figures in a different light. Love seeing how Dickens might have gotten ideas for lines and characters from those around him. Enjoyable, Humorous,Well worth the time and credit.
Really enjoyed it.
I found the story had plenty of charm and enough action to keep me interested, but the language used and the blending in of the Dickens character are what really appealed to me. The narrator does a great job depicting each character, and I could practically smell the sewers.
We (mum & boys 12 and 15) enjoyed the story & performance very much - it's littered with references to Dickens' works, and the details of the sewer-culture and the cockney slang gave the narrative extra appeal.