LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Very reminiscent of Discworld, including the irreverence and humorous character portrayals. A sort of alternate-history version for our world. Very true to the times and circumstances of the Victorian era. Gritty, grimy, and squelchy -- you can feel for Dodger in a very real sense. LOVED Stephen Briggs's narration and characterizations - top notch!
Another great Pratchett novel! :D You will not be disappointed.
This is a tremendously enjoyable book. I think it may be one of Prachette's finest. The reader was, of course, excellent, too.
Yes. It's well told and gives a good glimpse of London of the Dickens era
Charles Dickens work - Dodger uses Mr. Dickens character and is in the same time frame
He's always a wonderful reader.
Yes, except one must stop to eat and work and walk the dog.
I would make a present of it to some friends.
I am actually Vickie, William's wife. I just use his account to buy my books!
Yes, the reader had an authentic but understandable British accent.. actual several of them which is the delight of this novel.
The setting... England in the late 1800's, the sewers, and the main character!
The scene in the sewer when Simplicity was pretending to be a boy as they were trying to affect her disapearance.
The writing technique was absolutely wonderful. Even during serious parts the similes and metaphores would take me off guard and make me smile or chuckle. Many times I would go back 30 seconds and listen again just to savor the language and technique.
this is my first Terry Pratchett book--and i absolutely love it and will listen to it again and again. I enjoyed the story's panoramic view of London in the time of Dickens, from cobbled stoned streets to stinky rat haven-ed sewers. Dodger is a street urchin with an uncanny amount of street smarts, swagger, and genuine heart; charming character, easy to love. I hope there is a series coming to bring him back & continue this adventure he's on!
Bits of history and London slang of the times are interesting and add to the richness of the telling of this tale.
I highly recommend this entertaining book if you love to be read to--it is a wonderful story, delightfully narrated.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
This is a Pratchett take on the classic Dicken's character from Oliver Twist; well actually it's a dream of the kind of character who might have inspired the classical character. In some ways though this might be a the story of a young Henry King of the Golden River (see Snuff, Making Money and other late Discworld novels) It's got a pleasant pace almost nothing truly to historical to bother the soul with and in truth is a happy go lucky story. Not as orginal as it might be; the plot is from a Sherlock Holmes novel and the characters as historical but worth the admission.
I would definitely recommend this one. I liked the story and the characters and enjoyed the narrator's accent as well. The book made me feel good and that's my primary goal when reading or listening to books. :-) I loved rooting for Dodger and his successes!
Entertaining and fun
Dodger, of course. He does lead an interesting life.
Yes, but I savored it.
I put off reading this, since I had only read his Discworld stuff. But I was not disappointed. Pratchett did great.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
He was a "player" but he also was so innocent. It was very cute. He was just trying to survive as a street urchin and perhaps his moral compass was a little off.
Terry Pratchett put historical characters into these situauations and you are like yes I can see how this incident may have made this person the historical figure he was. It was a coming of age story and a comedy of errors and a mystery thriller all rolled into one.
He uses the different dialects of the time. We know that back then the different dialects also separated the classes so it was very informing.
I don't think I cried but I did laugh out loud a few times. Also there were times that I felt excited wanting to know "how is this going to turn out" Overal I felt good. It was exciting and funny.
This could be the fake true story if Oliver Twist. After all Dodger and Charles Dickens were friends. lol