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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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    Lene M. Jaqua 02-19-15 Member Since 2014

    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

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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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    Peggy 08-22-13
    Peggy 08-22-13
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    "I love Dickens' stories!"
    What did you love best about Nicholas Nickleby?

    I love to listen to the stories that Charles Dickens wrote. I've tried to read them and find it hard to hold my attention so I decided to try listening to them. That was the key for me! I've listened to all that I can find! Nicholas Nickleby is such a likeable fellow. Anyone will enjoy this story.


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    Hal E. Lemmon Beijing and California 06-06-13
    Hal E. Lemmon Beijing and California 06-06-13 Listener Since 2010

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    "A masterpiece among masterpieces"
    What made the experience of listening to Nicholas Nickleby the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is beyond excellent. What more can I say?


    What other book might you compare Nicholas Nickleby to and why?

    Hard Times, Tale of Two Cities, and so forth


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His change of voice as he spoke each character made it a lot easier to follow the story. He is not just a narrator, he is an excellent actor. I can't praise him highly enough


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

    No, it is too precious to take in one sitting. Also two long 16 hours I think


    Any additional comments?

    Of Dickens's many masterpieces, this is my favorite.

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    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 02-27-13
    Anita Parrish, FL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed every minute"
    Where does Nicholas Nickleby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up at the top. I really enjoyed the characters and the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the end. I was so surprised I had to stop and rewind and make sure I heard correctly.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard Simon Vance before and once again he was very good. One character was hard to understand but it could have been me. I learned to pay close attention when this character came up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending where everything was revealed, I sat surprised, a little sad for the uncle. I was left wondering, as he did, if he would have been a different person had he known the truth. Would he have made different choices and been a better man? Or would he have continued down the path he chose, no matter?


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    12-03-12
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    "Dickens with only four stars for story?"

    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.

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    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 08-06-12
    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Best Narrator"

    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.

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    Estie South Africa 04-01-11
    Estie South Africa 04-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Legendary!!"

    Marvelous! A story of legendary proportions, read by a master! Thanks you for a most satisfying listening experience!!

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