From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles' extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.
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First, this is a rich and compelling story about struggle and the ultimate power of love. This is Dickens at his finest.
The characters are very well drawn and superbly performed.
The good: Nicolas
The bad: Ralf
I love reading anything by Charles Dickens and this book did not disappoint. He and John Steinbeck are the greatest authors I have ever had the pleasure to read. Dickens is a little more upbeat than Steinbeck, but both have a remarkable ability to tell a story and develop the characters in the book.
Enchanting in every way and deeply moving as is the case with almost any novel of Dickens. Great performance brings every character to its individual and distinctive life.
Love Greek philosophy and drama. Love 19th century British lit, trying to understand medieval allegory- commuter listener
I did enjoy this story as just a fun story to read. It has fairly caricatured Dickens villains and heroines. Everything is wrapped up in the end, neatly --- the surprising cousin connection is revealed, and the master villain hangs himself. Very predictable. I guess I enjoy the challenges of the later Dickens novels, like Great Expectations or Bleak House better.
Long, but worth it.
Nicholas; quite the hero.
Although he was rather a villain, I loved the way he read Squeers.
Too long to do that, but I wish...!
Both the book and the narration are outstanding. The narrator is a one man theatre company, absolutely brilliant. The book itself is a mesmerizing tapestry of gripping and satisfying stories from start to finish. It's riotously funny too - I found myself roaring with laughter over and over again throughout.
Of course I've seen film and TV dramatisations of Dickens' works before, but I'd struggled with actually reading his books and put them down quite quickly. After this I am a convert.30+ hours of the real thing is so much better than the screen.
I never realised how much modern British comedy and drama is influenced by him. You can recognise his style in most of the comedy greats of the last 40 years.
Despite his often flowery Victorian language, his insights into human behavior are spot on. For some reason I find it amazing that people were much the same, and played the same little games 175 years ago as they do today.
Definitely one of the best audio books I've ever bought and I've been a member of Audible for nearly 10 years now.
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The book was written in another century. The English was perfect and that almost made the book drag. It is a classic and I wanted to read it. Nicholas Nickleby was a most interesting character. His Uncle Ralph was a villain and a good one.
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