Rife with Dickens' disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation - and the shocking discovery of his true identity.
This is an incredible story made into a number of movies. It is my favorite Dickens novel. The narration was incredible. It was like being in a play. He moves between Characters Sikes, Fagan, and the Dodger with ease. It is better to hear this book then to read it. It is a must hear!
Simon Vance is a master. Dickens obviously is too. Good match. One of a handful that I've listened to straight through with no breaks to other books, i.e. I jump around if I get bored, but did not for this one
The narration of the incomparable Simon Vance of a work by the matchless Charles Dickens is an arrangement made as if by both, in concert, yet across a span of more than a century and a half. It is pure, transcendent magic.
I wanted to listen to a Dickens book other than the familiar Christmas Carol. There are lots of opinions out there on which is his best book but Oliver Twist seemed to garnish a lot of praise as a good starting point for first time Dickens readers and it didn't require a huge time investment of some of the other Dickens books. After listening, I would have to agree this is a good one.
While I had heard about it, I didn't really know it other than the famous line "...please sir, I want some more." I found the writing to be very engaging. I can see why this one is a classic. My only complaint is that I thought the story was a little disjointed in some parts not to mention the silly references to Master Bates. This line chapter 18 had me cracking up "...Master Bates caught up an end of his neckerchief; and, holding it erect in the air, dropped his head on his shoulder, and jerked ..." Seriously? :-) Maybe Dickens was pushing the envelope for double entendres. Anyway, the ending pulled everything together really well.
The absolute high point was the narrator, Simon Vance. He did a masterful job at the voices. I thought it similar to Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter books. I'll be looking for more books narrated by Simon Vance and certainly more Dickens as well.
I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 3 and a childbirth educator.
This was a really enjoyable listen. Dickens is a master at creating memorable characters. I remember being made to read his works in high school and hating them! But with a little more maturity and experience, under my belt, they are quite enjoyable.
I think most have read this, but it was one I'd neglected, and am so glad that audiobooks allow me to "catch up" on the things I've missed, but don't have time to sit down and enjoy.
Simon Vance is a stellar narrator, bringing stories to life w/ his flawless transitions between characters. What a pro! His narration made this story for me.
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