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Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook

Nicholas Nickleby

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Publisher's Summary

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

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.

Not a little Dickens: peruse our full list of Charles Dickens titles.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Delores 09-25-16
    Delores 09-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not My Favorite Charles Dickens' Story"

    If you are unfamiliar with the story it is worth a listen. Some of the characters are tiresome. Some parts of the book lagged. Still a good story overall.

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    Gregory A. Schwartz San Francisco, CA 08-12-16
    Gregory A. Schwartz San Francisco, CA 08-12-16

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    "Wonderfully read and a captivating story"

    You can't do any better than this rendition of Nicholas Nickleby. The voice actor certainly deserves fame for his rendition. I can never fully express how wonderful this performance was. A joy. Dickens would be proud.

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    Kindle Customer 06-01-16

    yilwatso

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    "Awesome"

    I have read many Dickens books and without a doubt this is my favorite.

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    L. Hawkins 04-23-16
    L. Hawkins 04-23-16
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    "Wonderful, but ..."

    Trite, trite story, but carried beautifully by the outstanding narration. Mrs Nickleby certainly assists Dickens' royalties with her dithering, and other excessive details were at first annoying. However, listening on, I began to enjoy paying attention to the excess, parts which in reading the book, I would have skimmed or skipped. I did have the image of the heroin tied to the rails with the hero coming to the rescue in the nick (Nick?) of time over and over.

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    flyn 04-22-16
    flyn 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very hard to listen to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Firstly it's not Dickens's best written story but it is a great story with a wonderful ending. The biggest reason it is hard to listen to is because of one character who talks way too much about nothing and the narrator does too good of a job capturing her annoying personality. It's a test of patience.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Dickens? Why or why not?

    I listened to A Tale of Two Cities just before Nicholas Nickleby and loved it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think the narrator did a good job it was just that he really acted out the annoying personalities too well!


    What character would you cut from Nicholas Nickleby?

    His mother!


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    Barbara 04-18-16
    Barbara 04-18-16
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    "A great listen for a long trip"

    Long with many subplots yet endearing as only Charles Dickens can share his want of what is righteous to win out.

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    Dedick Owens 03-04-16
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    """"Excellent!""""

    This is a masterpeice. The character development by Dickens is striking, as well as fascinating. I found myself pulling for redemption of Ralph Nickleby, and hang at cliff's edge till learning his fate. Ralph was the antagonist, one can only imagine how I cheered for the good guys. The performance was top notch. I will catalogue it among the best-ever, rivaled in my estimation only by Oliver Twist...DOwens

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    Meg Dudley SANDY, UT, US 02-17-16
    Meg Dudley SANDY, UT, US 02-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read & reader!"

    It's always a treat to see how everything comes together in a Dickens novel. The language is rich & the characters interesting. Vance brought them to life with his wonderful voices and exacting tone & pace. I will miss this as part of my morning bike ride!

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    Lionel Letcher Frankston 02-16-16
    Lionel Letcher Frankston 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    This is Dickens at his best. A brilliant novel that well explores the intricacies if the human heart. Characters reveal goodness, avarice, envy and other traits in the midst of a plot line that is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end.

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    Chuck Smiley Charleston, SC 10-24-15
    Chuck Smiley Charleston, SC 10-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My Favorite Dickens"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nicholas Nickleby to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    What other book might you compare Nicholas Nickleby to and why?

    The other Dickens novels.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vincent Crummles. Vance's portrayal of him was magnificent and always amusing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Of the 36 books in my Audible library, this is my favorite. Great story line and expertly narrated by Vance; I'm in awe that each of the dozens of characters was consistently performed by him. A true pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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