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.
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.
Love Simon Vance's narration with a unique voice and accent for each character. Such a great Dickens story and one with some happy and joyous characters for once. Favorite character is Newman Noggs. He is sort of a nice version of Uriah Heap from David Copperfield.
I highly recommend this and anything by Dickens. His characters are as believable today as they were when he wrote the novels. They are clever, cunning, cruel, brilliant, charitable, honest, ridiculous, naive, and everything in between. It is not difficult to read being so old. This is light reading actually but quite a page turner! Enjoy!
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.
"Incredible diversity in the actor's voice"
Fantastic reading of this novel, the actor is superb and incredibly gifted in the different voices for the different characters.
"Not the best"
This should be a nailed on hit. Dickens is one of the world's favourite authors and Simon Vance is one of the best readers on audible.
But sadly Nicholas Nickleby is not one of the master's best. It rambles along through over sixty episodes and some of them are a complete sidetrack from the story. One whole chapter is given over to a tirade against the piracy of his work by 'dramatists' who are abusing the authors work. Whilst it was interesting to hear that 175 years ago Dickens was struggling to protect his intellectual property, it didn't add to the story.
Meanwhile Simon Vance was not at his best either. Most of his stock voices are ready and welcome, but for the kindly Yorkshire farmer Simon wanders the British Isles for his accent. Sometimes he is geordie, at other times welsh and often Scottish. What he never achieves is the lilting North Yorkshire country voice which John deserves.
So this is value for money - it's long for the price - and important if you want the whole of Dickens' work but don't make it a priority.
"Dickens at his best"
An interesting story beautifully read
Listening to this long story made me appreciate Dickens' Victorian verbosity. The language is so amazing compared with today, but it has a beauty to behold. It would have been the EastEnders of those days, brought out as a series in a magazine, with cliff-hangers at the end of most chapters. Quite convoluted regarding who was who though, and a bit of a coincidence when some of the characters met up later in the book to bring about the denoument of the plot.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.