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Oliver Twist | [Charles Dickens]

Oliver Twist

After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.
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Publisher's Summary

One of Charles Dickens' most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, "Please, sir, I want some more". After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and the terrifying Bill Sikes, perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time.

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.

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    Karen Burbank, CA, USA 12-11-08
    Karen Burbank, CA, USA 12-11-08
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    "Amazing narration!"

    I had never read Oliver Twist and found it to be the most heartwrenching and loving story, both at the same time. What truly amazed me was the narrator, his skill in how he had such completely different voices for each character, it was like listening to a play, not just one person. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if they have already read the book.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 02-09-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Shows why Dickens is MASTER of the social novel"

    It is hard to exit the original worlds created by Dickens. I usually manage it crying like a baby. Oliver Twist is top shelf storytelling. The characters are amazing. The setting is perfect. The plot manages to throw out hundreds of threads and ties them all together at the end, while never losing or boring the reader.

    Weakness? This is probably nit picking, but the story seems to work out too well in the end. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a social novel and FICTION, but I guess I just have a little bit of an issue with the whole melodramatic end, with every shoe finding a foot and every evil getting a noose. Other than that, Dickens shows with 'Oliver Twist' why is/was the master and the giant of the social novel.

    Simon Vance, as always, delivers a solid narration.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn B Chattanooga, TN, USA 04-16-09
    Lynn B Chattanooga, TN, USA 04-16-09
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!!!!"

    This is one of the most enjoyable, entertaining books of any genre I have read / heard! The author develops the most remarkable characters and story and the narrator is fabulous! I hated to have it end and will listen to it again to make sure that I haven't missed a word!!! Classic or not, it was thoroughly enjoyable!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri Lincoln, NE, United States 12-08-10
    Jerri Lincoln, NE, United States 12-08-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A Beautiful Classic"

    I read this book last when I was about 10 years old, which is to say 30 years or so ago. I had forgotten how exciting it was to be Oliver hoping to escape, praying to find a way to get back to those few who showed some kindness. You are drawn into the characters and find yourself on pins and needles to find out the fates of the characters. You cant wait to see Sykes get his desserts. You want Faegen to get his too. But most of all you want Oliver to find peace and really know it would last.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 09-25-13
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Charles Dickens is the man"

    I’ve seen many movies based on this book and never got the full story. So, I decided because it was on sale with Audible that I’d grab it. I’m glad I did. I had to resist looking up the story line online and it was worth it. It is said that Charles Dickens used to walk the streets of London at night because he couldn’t sleep. He saw some orphans being mistreated and came up with this story. Based on the time it was amazing that he came up with it at all. Look at the research that goes into a story and realize he did it with the use of the Internet or any means of central research at all. Let’s face it library’s back then weren’t worth mentioning.

    The story itself is very in depth with the characters and their inter dependency on each other. I’ve been part of the junior authors guild when I was in school, so I know how hard it is to write a book. Here Charles Dickens went beyond simply writing a story, he made us love the characters. He didn’t skip the smallest detail or the simplest mistake with the characters or story line. I like a great story with intricate characters and storyline. Here we meet young Oliver Twist who by chance or fate was named such. We see how his life goes from being simple to complex by a series of unfortunate situations or misinterpreted, misrepresented facts and situations. They say take two breaths then act. If someone had done that then young Mister Oliver would have had a very different life. He wouldn’t have been shot, thrown threw a window or kept as a slave before the truth was told. In the end I like this one better than Great Expectations for the depth of the storyline and characters.

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    Gerry Plain City, UT, United States 10-10-12
    Gerry Plain City, UT, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Charles Dickens is a master story teller."
    Would you listen to Oliver Twist again? Why?

    I love listening to Simon Vance narrate Charles Dickens. I plan on listening to as many Dickens novels as I can get my ears on! Charles Dickens is a master story teller and Simon Vance is a master at bringing his masterful characters to audio.


    What other book might you compare Oliver Twist to and why?

    David Copperfield read by Simon Vance was thoroughly entertaining as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried and I was amazed at how I could appreciate the virtue of pure innocence and abhor pure evil in the same paragraph.


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    William Topanga, CA, United States 10-08-12
    William Topanga, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Simon Vance should win an Oscar!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

    For those of us who have more time for audio books than have time to sit and leisurely read, this performance of a classic cannot be beaten.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    In general, the "bad" guys are more interesting in Dickens than the good... so I'd pick the bad guys...


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say enough about the brilliance of Simon Vance's performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 06-30-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    "Loved it!"

    I had read an abridged version of this classic and I had seen the movie, but the book is better! I found this story very listenable whereas I found reading the book more tedious. THe narrator does a good job keeping the story moving along. I wanted to keep coming back and hear what was going to happen next, even when I was pretty sure that I already knew. I would recommend this book for children and adults to enjoy. That is a sign of a good book!

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 08-12-10
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "First Rate"

    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!

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    Julien MINZIERFrance 07-03-10
    Julien MINZIERFrance 07-03-10
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    "Outstanding narrator"

    Although I found the story a bit outdated, the narrator's choices of pitch for each character was incredible !

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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