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Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook

Nicholas Nickleby

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.
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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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    joelandanna 07-16-15
    joelandanna 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful and so well read"

    I love the way Charles Dickens champions the common person of uncommon character. The narrator is perfect.

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    Shawn M Ahling 07-14-15
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    "I could not read this book"

    ...... I tried, but the old English bored me to tears. However- on a road trip I started listening and I could not stop! It was wonderful.

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    careeves 07-10-15
    careeves 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best adaptation of this novel ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Nicholas Nickleby the most enjoyable?

    First, this is a rich and compelling story about struggle and the ultimate power of love. This is Dickens at his finest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very well drawn and superbly performed.


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

    The good: Nicolas
    The bad: Ralf


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    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 05-17-15
    Steve Ventura, CA, United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Wonderful Dicken's book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    callie broaddus 03-11-15
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    "Another dickens classic"

    A classic cast of Dickensian characters, and a feel good story with a few great plot twists. Brilliant writing, as always.

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    Phillip E. Norton 03-06-15
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    "Delightful Dickens"

    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.

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    Lene M. Jaqua 02-19-15 Member Since 2016

    Love Greek philosophy and drama. Love 19th century British lit, trying to understand medieval allegory- commuter listener

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    "An early Dickens - 1838"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-14
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    "Listening to Dickens is always a pleasure."
    If you could sum up Nicholas Nickleby in three words, what would they be?

    Long, but worth it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicholas; quite the hero.


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

    Although he was rather a villain, I loved the way he read Squeers.


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

    Too long to do that, but I wish...!


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    Matt Parkdale, Australia 10-27-14
    Matt Parkdale, Australia 10-27-14 Listener Since 2004
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    "Outstanding Entertainment - Great Story & Narrator"

    Both the book and the narration are outstanding. The narrator is a one man theatre company, absolutely brilliant. The book itself is a mesmerizing tapestry of gripping and satisfying stories from start to finish. It's riotously funny too - I found myself roaring with laughter over and over again throughout.

    Of course I've seen film and TV dramatisations of Dickens' works before, but I'd struggled with actually reading his books and put them down quite quickly. After this I am a convert.30+ hours of the real thing is so much better than the screen.

    I never realised how much modern British comedy and drama is influenced by him. You can recognise his style in most of the comedy greats of the last 40 years.

    Despite his often flowery Victorian language, his insights into human behavior are spot on. For some reason I find it amazing that people were much the same, and played the same little games 175 years ago as they do today.

    Definitely one of the best audio books I've ever bought and I've been a member of Audible for nearly 10 years now.

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    Mary College Station, TX, United States 11-12-13
    Mary College Station, TX, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The story was a good one."

    The book was written in another century. The English was perfect and that almost made the book drag. It is a classic and I wanted to read it. Nicholas Nickleby was a most interesting character. His Uncle Ralph was a villain and a good one.

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