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Oliver Twist | [Charles Dickens]

Oliver Twist

A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.
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Publisher's Summary

A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.

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    Philippe0742 Paris, France 11-22-07
    Philippe0742 Paris, France 11-22-07 Member Since 2006

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    "Magnifique lively narrator"

    What an amazing narrator, what an actor, what a delightful pleasure it was to listen to these many voices, to these many characters performed by one mighty talented man.
    I had so much fun listening to it, listening to him that I must say BRAVO !!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-06-08
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 09-06-08
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    "Awesome narration"

    The narration on this was fantastic. Listening to Fagan makes your skin crawl - it's that good. I had to get the unabridged version. I can't imagine Dickens with the wonderful commentary cut out. I highly recommend this book and am going to check out what other's have the same narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    philippe santa barbara, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-17-11
    philippe santa barbara, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "an enchantment"

    this vivid narration brings you into the heart of the story. the characters nice or bad come to live within your imagination. total immersion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Bronx, NY, United States 08-31-12
    Deborah Bronx, NY, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Antisemitism loud and clear"

    It was very hard for me to rate this book. The story was very interesting and well written. However, every-time the narrator called Fagen "The Jew", it twisted my stomach. There is an underlying tone in this book from the beginning to the very end, that says, Jews equal the devil and Christians are the good people. It was quite disturbing.

    If it weren't for that I would have given this book 5 stars. Because of that I want to give this book 1 star.

    Great narrator.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Ken
    10/7/11
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    "A classic story read to perfection"

    Martin Jarvis, in my very humble opinion, makes the audio books that he reads come alive brilliantly with each characters voice that he creates. As someone else said in another Dickens review, ‘It’s as if there where 20 actors on stage and they were all him’. So ‘Oliver Twist’ was no disappointment to me and I can thoroughly recommend this classic story read by a man who is master of his craft.
    Just to point out that the Audible title ‘Oliver Twist Part 1’ is a little confusing. Part 2 is included in the download. You will have the complete book.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Ferndown, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Martin Jarvis is always good"

    Martin Jarvis brought the book to life. I could listen to him all day! The characterisation is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tiziana
    trieste, Italy
    12/29/13
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    "W Martin Jarvis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist , Part 1 to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book


    What other book might you compare Oliver Twist , Part 1 to, and why?

    Other Dickens' s novels


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Where the beadle was present


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

    Laugh sometimes


    Any additional comments?

    Martin Jarvis is great!Per uno straniero è utile poter ascoltare i libri inglesi classici letti così chiaramente, sembra che ci siano più attori a leggere e non solo uno. Veramente strepitoso

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Swift
    Suffolk, UK
    4/13/13
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    "So much more than the films"

    I like to listen to Dickens stories when driving, especially when driving long distances. Dicken's use of language is always a delight and the names of his characters bring a smile to my face. I also tend to choose those books that have Martin Jarvis as the narrator because he brings the characters to life just by the different voices and accents. Oliver Twist is a much longer book than I thought from watching the television adaptations and the films. More happens after the failed burglary than I realised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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