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Oliver Twist | [Charles Dickens]

Oliver Twist

Hear Dickens' gift for social commentary in this classic story of the poor orphan, Oliver. In this time-tested classic, Dickens aimed to expose the filth of the London underworld as well as attack the inhumanity of the New Poor Law of 1834. This audiobook is a stunning performance by the award-winning Miriam Margolyes, who is considered one of the most knowledgeable and brilliant actors/interpreters of Dickens.
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Publisher's Summary

Hear Dickens' gift for social commentary in this classic story of the poor orphan, Oliver. In this time-tested classic, Dickens aimed to expose the filth of the London underworld as well as attack the inhumanity of the New Poor Law of 1834. This audiobook is a stunning performance by the award-winning Miriam Margolyes, who is considered one of the most knowledgeable and brilliant actors/interpreters of Dickens.

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What the Critics Say

"Acclaimed Dickens interpreter Miriam Margolyes does an unabridged reading of Oliver Twist that is a revelation. Margolyes forced me to see a book I hadn't read since high school in all its complexity. With her voice, she conveys Dickens' fury at the suffering of children, his seething contempt for well-fed adults, his rage at corrupt officials. Margolyes' performance is so magnificent that she doesn't so much read Dickens as inhabit his people." (USA Today)

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    Lorraine North Palm Beach, FL, USA 10-07-05
    Lorraine North Palm Beach, FL, USA 10-07-05
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    "Excellent!"

    One of the better audiobooks I've purchased. Ms. Margolyes is a wonderful narrator and she is able to create believable voices for all the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M Kaner Minneapolis, Minnesota 05-01-12
    M Kaner Minneapolis, Minnesota 05-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Great story, very bad quality recording"

    This is a great story and the narrator is very good. Unfortunately, there is a lot of background noise. I did let the Audible.com people know. Hopefully, the quality issue will be resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joachim Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-26-10
    Joachim Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-26-10 Member Since 2002
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    "One of the best narrations on audible"

    Miriam Margolyes is fabulous in the reading of this great Dicken's novel. If there are ten great audible reads this is one of them!

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    Felicia Chicago, IL, USA 12-14-05
    Felicia Chicago, IL, USA 12-14-05
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    "Audio Newbie"

    Miriam Margoylis is an amazing reader. It is difficult to believe that it is only one person reading - considering the voices and characatures. As far as Dicken's Oliver Twist - his anti-semitism offended me and found that the book goes on and on and on - probably because it was written in monthly installments and he needed to stretch it. To enjoy the writings and tolerate the cartoonish characters and not dismiss the novel as a children's tale - it is important to remember that his writings were a landmark for his time and his depiction of poorly treated children were meant to and succeeded to incite public reform.

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    Candida Oakland, CA, USA 06-26-07
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    Can't review the performance because the tape is barely audible.

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