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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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.
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...!
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