Left penniless by the death of his father, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby seeks help, along with his mother and sister, from Uncle Ralph Nickleby. The hard-hearted money lender takes an instant dislike to his nephew and gets rid of the boy by securing him a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the evil Wackford Squeers presides. Horrified by the barbarity he sees there, Nicholas defies Squeers and is forced to flee. He is joined by Smike, who has been treated cruelly by Squeers, and the two become great friends.
Nicholas joins a travelling theatre troupe and enjoys great success, but with his mother and sister depending on him for their survival, he must find a way to make a decent living. His adventures are numerous and include some of Dickens' most comic characters.
Starring Anna Massey, Sophie Thompson, Ken Campbell, and Tom Baker, with Alex Jennings as the voice of Dickens.
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The performance was okay but, some talked so loud I had to turn the volume down and others talked so low I couldn't hear what they said so I had to rewind and turn the volume back up. That is the only reason for the to stars.
Although the dramatised version of this classic was excellent, the printed version is just that - a classic!
The more people who are cast in an audio classis's like this the better it gives more realism to the characters, something Dickens set out to achieve I think.
Like most of Dickens's books, you can't laugh without crying.
The characters were all very well acted and the voice of the narrator was the perfect blend of seriousness and humour.
All of it. The script and the cast brought the story to life without the inevitable Dickensian waffle. I loved it.
Charles Dickens has a habit of going off on a tangent for pages and pages and although I did love the characters of Nicholas, Smike and Kate, the waffle got the better of me when I tried to read the original Nicholas Nickleby! This dramatisation is wonderful.
I think it's already been done and I don't think Dickens needs a tag line.
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