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.
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
This COULD have been the story of how Charles Dickens met his character, "Dodger". Engaging story in it's own right, but good social commentary of the Victorian era London; and definitely not dark. Yes, bad things happen. Not Prattchett's usual light humor, but well worth the listen, well written and well read. Charming story of street urchin-turned-good. I will hear this again!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Dodger is a scrappy young boy who lives the better part of his life in the London sewers. A girl is severely beaten and needs attention so Dodger battles it out with two other gentlemen in how to save her.
This is the story of a young boy who's street smarts and ability to think fast allow him to escape death, learn the secrets of the injured girl and use the politics of public opinion to get what he wants.
I really enjoyed this story. Dodger is a great character and most of it is really about him and his growth from sewer rat to private investigator and. The book is very funny and even the real dark moments still keep things light -- just as you would expect form Terry Pratchett. This is not a masterpiece but it is most definitely worth a listen.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
This was just a fun book to listen to. I liked the twist on the idea and really liked the history of the London sewers thrown in.