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Oliver Twist Audiobook
Oliver Twist
Written by: 
Charles Dickens
Narrated by: 
Peter Batchelor
Oliver Twist Audiobook

Oliver Twist

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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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    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.

    6 of 6 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.

    5 of 5 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 !!

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    Kenneth Estvanik 07-20-16
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    "another great story, woven by the master"

    Memorable characters, plot with unseen twists. Just short of 5 stars due to what felt dragged out for Sykes demise. The 1970's musical movie did a terrific job in faithfully pulling out key scenes from the book, while editing for a time limit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    morgan 07-05-16
    morgan 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great reader and a great story"

    But not for the faint of heart! I really enjoyed this book but If your listening with children be advised there is a grisly murder which might be to scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    raul del portillo 06-02-16
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    "A heartwarming tale of good trumps evil"
    What did you love best about Oliver Twist?

    How Oliver persevered through all his tribulations righteously and without divergence from the virtuous path. I enjoyed his innocence and his sensitivity, while earning the love and respect of all those worthy of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How evil earns its own rewards.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Batchelor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not really


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

    I held my breath more than once... I suffered with Nancy's demise greatly and hoped that her life could have ended differently or that there had been a different outcome. I was also elated that Bill Sike's dog was astute enough to avoid his termination at the hands of his master.


    Any additional comments?

    A beautifully written and performed story. It was so difficult to interrupt... but I suppose we all must sleep sometimes... -:).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne 06-02-16
    Susanne 06-02-16
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    "It's Dickens, but . . ."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes to the book. No to this audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Had to quit.


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

    I could listen to it without ear buds, in the next room, but not otherwise. It may even have worked on stage, but using an iPod and earbuds, this could actually hurt. Oliver, in particular, comes off as whiney and I looked forward to hearing from another character: Not a good sign. I have to say that when the narrator is speaking "the narrator" words, it's fine. Reminds me of Jim Dale's Dumbledore.But that doesn't redeem the experience.


    Did Oliver Twist inspire you to do anything?

    This version inspired me to buy one with another narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    You get what you pay for.

    0 of 0 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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  • 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
  • Amazon Customer
    7/24/16
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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.

    0 of 0 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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