Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby performed by his great-great-grandson Gerald Dickens. A tale that brings to life the adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as he meets the wicked Wackfors Squeers, the theatrical Crumbles, and the cheerful Cheerybyle Brothers (to name a few). Complete and unabridged.
Public Domain (P)2012 Create
Very enjoyable low-key reader. Fun story, a little sappy even for Dickens. I would listen again.
John Browdie. He is steady, has a great sense of humor. No nonsense.
Did a good job with the different voices, but the narration was especially good - like he actually knew the meaning of what he was reading.
I'm sure it's not his fault there are some editing errors in the last quarter of the book, where you hear him restart sentences or correct himself.
Dickens always makes me laugh out loud. This story did have me crying at several points, mostly related to Smike.
Really one of the best Dickens readers I've heard.
Gerald Dickens is a wonderful narrator! I am sorry that Audible / Amazon do not seem to have chosen his readings for the Whispersynch versions. It is still easy to follow along on the Kindle version by using the table of contents. But frankly, reading it to myself is much less engaging than listening to Mr. Dickens.
I think this narrator is great. Even my 11 year old son was drawn into the story - due largely to the appealing performance. We especially enjoyed Mr. Dickens reading of Fanny Squeers lines.
"Dickens does Dickens"
Definitely, I don't know why having a relative read the story should make it feel more intimate but it does. Obviously a professional at reading his great grandfathers books he brings a cultured, refined approach to a great Dickens novel
The beating of Squeers is wonderful. As usual in Dickens bad characters get some kind of come uppance and he gets it in such a wonderful way.
The feeling that he truly believes in all the characters, that he treats them like friends
It's Dickens so you run the entire range of emotions
Dickens on Dickens brings a classic story a new edge. Well worth the time invested in listening.
"Narration is the real joy here"
I bought this title primarily for the skill of the narrator. Having previously bought Oliver Twist; Dickens on Dickens, I knew that I was in for an auditory treat. Gerald Dickens brings the characters to life, showcases a wide range of voices, comic, sinister, serious, and humourous as each case requires, dealing as adroitly with the female as the male. Charles Dickens gave public readings of his works, and I like to imagine that his vocal talent and characteristics are echoed in this narration, which gives it an edge over other narrations. It's a joy to listen to and the story is, of course, excellent as well. I commend the title and others in the series, especially for fans of Dickens' work.
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