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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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.
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.
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.
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.
I listened to A Tale of Two Cities just before Nicholas Nickleby and loved it.
I think the narrator did a good job it was just that he really acted out the annoying personalities too well!
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
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!
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.
The other Dickens novels.
Vincent Crummles. Vance's portrayal of him was magnificent and always amusing.
No, way too long.
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.
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