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Oliver Twist Audiobook

Oliver Twist

Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.
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Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child laborer contributed to the story's development. Oliver Twist has been the subject of countless film and television adaptations.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Jeanne 11-15-13
    Jeanne 11-15-13
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    "Great book- what a bargain! Excellent narrator!"

    I was hesitant to get this since sometimes the inexpensive are that way for a reason, but was thrilled with this book, and all for $1.95! Character descriptions are so vivid and the narrator was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alfredo 08-19-13
    Alfredo 08-19-13
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    "Excellent narration!"
    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to believe that one person alone – Peter Batchelor – is doing all the reading! He does a incredible job! This is one great example in which listening to an audiobook can add a whole new dimension to the story. I could never do all those British accents and tones in my head while reading from a book. It feels like going to the theater. And Batchelor adds just the right amount of comedy without overdoing it. I've watched several film adaptations, and yet this one-man-cast's performance has impressed me the most so far! The pace is a bit quick, though, which could be a problem if you're not a native English speaker (as is my case). I managed fine, but had to put a little extra effort at times.

    As for Oliver Twist, it's a great classic and much has already been said about it in other reviews. The only thing that bothers me is that the complex villain Fagin is not only Jewish, but is mostly referred to as "the Jew", as it gives the impression that there could be anti-Semitic feelings behind it. Then again, I've read that Dickens wasn't an anti-Semite and that he later created benevolent Jewish characters. I'd be interested in learning more about it. Otherwise, it's a very touching and often funny story.

    At the time I purchased the audiobook, it cost only $1.95, which is quite a bargain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-18-16
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    "Love Dickens!"

    I really enjoyed the book. Dickens has a great way of weaving character portraits. his characters are so lifelike. I feel like I almost know them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Manly, New Zealand 04-15-16
    R Manly, New Zealand 04-15-16 Member Since 2016

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    "You can't beat a classic tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

    Not better than print but close.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?

    Fagan, "my dear"


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration could be better but the voice plays a large part in the enjoyment for the listener


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Dickens Classic


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    bigbore 03-29-16
    bigbore 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "As always with Dickens"

    A book right up there with all good writings. I will always wonder why it took me so long to read such a marvellous book.

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    HiSissa 01-02-16
    HiSissa 01-02-16
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    "He's reading too fast!"
    What did you like best about Oliver Twist? What did you like least?

    The story is a classic and very interesting with beautiful language.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Batchelor’s performance?

    The narrator, though having a very pleasant voice, rushes through the reading rather quickly. It's a wonder he could catch his breath between sentences. This would not have worked for most books, but certainly not for Dickens. Slow down!


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    Akilae 12-22-15
    Akilae 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Great Narration"

    Do not buy this without the understanding that Dickens is very verbose (in a good way). But if you're a fan, this is a great listen. I very much enjoyed the narration, and the different voices the narrator used for the characters.

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    Max Austin, TX, United States 12-11-15
    Max Austin, TX, United States 12-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "First Timer"

    My first time through Oliver. Never even seen the movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Zac Hanscom San Diego, CA 10-06-15
    Zac Hanscom San Diego, CA 10-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Troublesome Recording of a Great Novel"
    What did you love best about Oliver Twist?

    The first 1/3 of the novel, which is the most famous, about Twist being born, asking for "more," and coming to Fagin the Jew.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dickens's ἐνέργεια; his portrayal of Industrial Age Britain


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This is a wonderful recording, and the characters are well defined, BUT the narrator doesn't keep a constant volume, making the recording hard to listen to in the car.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The world's greatest novelist tells one of his most beloved stories.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no secret; the first 1/3 of the novel is far better than the rest of it. We have to remember that Oliver Twist was published chapter-by-chapter in Bentley's Miscellany over the course of a couple of years, and that the original readers followed Oliver Twist the way a modern reader would follow a favorite comic.

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    Laura McCrackan 08-24-15
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Peter Batchelor?

    I was very much looking forward to listening to this book after falling in love with Great Expectations. Sadly for me, Peter Batchelor ruined it for me, I couldn't even finish the book. He did a good job on everything except the characters voices and when it came to those, they were so whiney/gradey/nerve wracking, I couldn't bare to listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I sadly don't know, I'll have to find a better narration to listen to, thankfully this one was only $2 wasted.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Batchelor’s performances?

    Not likely.


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  • Paul
    2/13/15
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    "Super super"

    Great story. Well told. Well read. Loved it. How could you not love Charles Dickens? He makes English sing and dance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rn Francis
    9/27/15
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    "A classic"

    A classic which is narrated in fine style, doing justice to a fine Dickens tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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