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Oliver Twist Audiobook

Oliver Twist

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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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    Alfredo 08-19-13
    Alfredo 08-19-13
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    "Excellent narration!"
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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Büc Palmer 09-21-16
    Büc Palmer 09-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect"

    I simply can not imagine a better rendition. Dickens and Batchelor at their very best.

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    Sarah 09-02-16
    Sarah 09-02-16
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    "fabulously done."

    I was so impressed with the story and the reader kept me interested all the way to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LARRYT 07-25-16
    LARRYT 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing !!"

    Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' best. Such sadness to turn to such happiness. I love all his work. And, Peter Bachelor is now my favorite narrator !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 12-27-16
    Melisa 12-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Reader ruined everything"

    Far too theatric a presentation of the characters. Oliver's voice was so overdone - drove me crazy

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    Mark Crone San Diego, CA United States 12-17-16
    Mark Crone San Diego, CA United States 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Great story, great build up, and great twists

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    David 12-16-16
    David 12-16-16 Member Since 2012

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    "The definitive Dickensian tale"

    Oliver Twist was Dickens' second novel (after the Pickwick Papers). I've read a lot of Dickens novels, and while I'm a fan, I think his sophomore work was less polished and a bit more maudlin than his later works (and even his later works could get pretty maudlin). There is also a lot of filler material, typical of when Dickens was writing chapters for serialization.

    Oliver, a parish orphan, first gets in trouble with the famous words, "Please, sir, I want some more," in one of the most iconic of all of Dickens' scenes.

    Although he was actually put up to it by the other boys, Oliver is sent to work for an undertaker, where he is enraged by insults against his deceased mother (despite the fact that he never knew her), and winds up a runaway on the streets of London. Here he is recruited by young Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger, and led back to the den of Fagin, who has gathered a pack of young urchins whom he sends out to steal and spy. Oliver spends only a little time as part of Fagin's crew before he is captured after a bungled pickpocketing attempt, winds up in the home of a kindly old gentleman who takes care of the would-be thief, and in a series of remarkable coincidences which were also a Dickens trademark, a dozen different characters have all their subplots twined together before Oliver gets his forever home.

    Dickens was known for his social justice advocacy, and many of his novels detailed the hard, grinding life of the poor. Fagin's band in Oliver Twist are all sympathetic little ruffians, except Fagin himself, who is repeatedly referred to as "the Jew" and is one of Dickens' most unflattering caricatures, and probably the most unfortunate Jewish literary villain since Shylock.

    Besides Fagin, the other memorable villains of the book are the psychopathic Bill Sikes, one of the originators of the "Kick the Dog" trope (he's equally brutal to his much-abused girlfriend Nancy), and of course, the comically malevolent Mr. Bumble.

    People either like Dickens or they don't. Oliver Twist is pretty much the definitive Dickensian tale: a humble orphan who live happily ever after thanks to a fortuitous discovery of rich benefactors, angelic women too pure-hearted for this world, greedy and despicable authority figures who beat and starve orphans, and some very memorable and poignant indictments of Victorian society, even before Dickens was at the height of his powers.

    It's definitely worth reading the book, especially if you only know it as a tedious assignment in English class. Dickens deserves better treatment than to be punishment for high school freshmen. That said, while I've enjoyed several movie versions, my favorite adaptation of the book is probably Oliver!.

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    Timothy P. Jones PA 08-27-16
    Timothy P. Jones PA 08-27-16

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    "enjoyable listen to Master Twist."

    well done and will undoubtedly listen again in the future. thanks for the hours of enjoyment.

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    Linda 08-05-16
    Linda 08-05-16
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    "Storytelling at it's best"

    Who could not love to read the classics Dickens was a master of storytelling, I enjoyed every word

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    9/19/16
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    "Some missing text and detail"

    The final moments of Bill Sykes have been omitted for some reason from chapter 51

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul McAviney
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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
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    "A story full of twists and turns."

    You may struggle at first but keep on reading/listening. This story definitely has a very worth while ending.

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  • Rn Francis
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    "A classic"

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

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