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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I love Dickens and it seems silly to give this a four, but it was so long and I'm afraid, predictable, that I can't give it a five. This may be due to the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to listen and therefore it was just with me for too long. But it did seem to lack the individual characters that I could really invest my attention in, like Pip and David. It seemed "padded" to me which I haven't felt with any other Dickens. The reader was fine, but maybe a more exciting reader would have given me more of the characters. The usual Dickens humor was there and really good.
Unfortunately, the first Dickens I listened to was Great Expectations with Martin Jarvis as narrator, and so my standards were sent extremely high. This is still better than a thousand other stories and if you have more concentrated time to listen, I think you will enjoy it more wholeheartedly than I did.
Say something about yourself!
NN is just what we expect from Dickens and probably most of us have read it at some time before listening to it. Often, listening to a classic is just like spending time with an old friend, and that is the case here. Simon Vance makes the characters jump off the page. I find myself listening to his voice and being amazed by the range of characters he creates. Sometimes I purchase books that I might not have considered because he is the narrator.
the book was Dickenson fun until the end and then it just was way too cheesy for me. Watch the movie it is much better.
The Narrator, Robert Whitfield, absolutely makes this novel spring-to-life with his colorful portrayals of Dicken's characters. Accents, and timing of dialogue, which I would have never translated in my own reading, Whitfield offers to allow better understanding of author's intent, and increased enjoyment for the listener!!
I am thoroughly enjoying Charles Dickens thru audible...I will check Whitfield's other works as well!!
I was somewhat hesitant to try a Dickens novel after being forced to read one in high school. I'm so glad I bought this one. The story is highly entertaining and the narrator does a fabulous job of all the different characters' voices. Don't be put off by the initial gloominess of the story; it picks up quickly.
No Pink Ponies
Though Dickens breaks EVERY rule of good writing technique in "Nicholas Nickleby", his sharp eye for social behavior and his love of drama come through strongly. I was really sorry when the last word was read out in this REMARKABLE performance. About as perfect a reading as you will ever hear. I enjoyed every minute and I find I am appreciating Dickens as never before.
I had a hard time sticking with this book at first because the uncle and the schoolmaster were such unrelentingly nasty characters that Nicholas seemed doomed to sheer misery. Dickens usually introduces some comic characters and lightness earlier in his books, but if you stick with this one, you will be rewarded at last. Eventually you get the best of folks as well as the worst of folks.
I'm opposed to abridged literature on principle--figuring that if the author wanted it left out, he wouldn't have put it in--but this book seemed as if it would have benefited from heavy editing. It features stock characters; predictable dialogue; and a plot cast that casts too wide a net, and that thickens too little and too late. I wasn't sure if I should be grateful to Robert Whitfield for livening up the story with his bravura performance, or if Whitfield's one-note characterizations obliterated any nuance in Dickens' prose (this is early Dickens, but still Dickens, after all). If I had it to do again, I'd go with a different narrator, and hope that a little more of Dickens' brilliance showed through.
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