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Oliver Twist | [Charles Dickens]

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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Publisher's Summary

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
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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    Laura McCrackan 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    frizzerlou 08-07-15
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    "classic, but missing crucial part"

    would have given it 5 stars but the last few pages of chapter 50 were missing....totally left out Bill Sikes death!

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    K. A. Silcox West Hartford, CT United States 03-08-15
    K. A. Silcox West Hartford, CT United States 03-08-15
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    "Classic Dickens"

    loved the story but struggled somewhat with the reader's voice. overall it was wonderful, though.

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    "Classic Story very well written."
    What did you love best about Oliver Twist?

    The character himself- the trials and tribulations that he endured were unimaginable. My understanding is that Dickens based this story on his own childhood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oliver Twist for sure, for the reasons noted above.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator was limited a bit in the number of voices that he could do.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Really good read!

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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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