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Dodger | [Terry Pratchett]

Dodger

Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.
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Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins

©2012 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Jennifer Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada 09-17-12
    Jennifer Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Familiar faces, even if it's not Discworld"

    Having read a number of Pratchett's non-Discworld books before, and enjoyed them, I was looking forward to this one. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Dickensian London and the squallid, aromatic streets of Ank-Morpork have a lot in common, and this story could have taken place in either.

    The story itself is enthralling. Not actually Pratchett's best, which is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, but still great, and Briggs performance is just as good as it always is.

    If you're considering getting this, but don't know if you'll enjoy a non-Discworld book, I'd encourage you to give in and do it. It's either a credit, or money, well spent.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 09-25-12
    Tinker Craighall, South Africa 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Differently brilliant, clever and enchanting"
    Would you listen to Dodger again? Why?

    Most definitely. There is so much I might have missed. Also it was such a delight to listen
    to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dodger?

    Too many to choose from


    What does Steven Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made every character come alive in their own special way. What a magnificent reader he is. Would like to hear more of him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His encounter with his dying 'grandfather'.


    Any additional comments?

    It must be one of the most wonderful books that I have read in many years and I am of 'many years'! Well done to all concerned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson 03-12-13
    Jefferson 03-12-13 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "The Fog of Truth in a Fun Historical Fantasy"

    Terry Pratchett's historical novel Dodger (2012) is a fun read right from the opening stormy night scene, in which the eponymous seventeen-year-old protagonist saves a golden-haired damsel in distress from two thugs and makes the acquaintance of Charles Dickens. This sets in motion a chain of events that threatens Dodger's comfortable and unambitious life and identity as a "tosher" (earning his living by scavenging the labyrinthine network of sewers running beneath mid-nineteenth century London) with new emotions, revelations, responsibilities, reputations, dangers, and prospects.

    In addition to being the "king of the toshers," Dodger is a "geezer," which means that he knows and is known by all the right people dwelling in London's underbelly and that he is sharp-witted, skilled at acting, and adept at reading people. Suiting his nickname, he's also quick and slippery, never to be caught by the police ("peelers") or other undesirables. Pratchett has taken the Artful Dodger from Dickens' Oliver Twist and reformed him with a handsome figure, a good heart, a salubrious mentor, and a less illegal occupation than pick pocketing (though he is accomplished at that as well).

    Pratchett turns other fictional characters into "real" figures in his novel, including Sweeney Todd, a murderous though pitiable veteran suffering from war-trauma, and Solomon Cohen, a philosophical Freemason who has escaped in the nick of time from murderous anti-Semite mobs in seemingly every European city before ending up in London. Solomon, like Dodger, is a reformed version of his Oliver Twist persona, Fagin the Jew, who in Dickens' novel exploits street kids and corrupts them into lives of crime. In Pratchett's novel Solomon is a learned savant who repairs intricate watches and other valuable objects found by Dodger in the sewers in order to return them to their original owners for monetary rewards. He is Dodger's landlord and mentor, keeping him clean and fed, teaching him to read and write, educating him in the ways of the world and the scope of the universe, and generally helping him to grow his soul.

    Pratchett, like Dickens, partly based his Jewish character on the historical crime lord Isaac Solomon, but unlike Dickens, writes a sympathetic character in Solomon. Other real life historical personages also appear in his novel, including Henry Mayhew, socially conscious co-founder of the journal Punch, Angela Burdett-Coots, independent woman of great wealth and connection, and of course Charles Dickens, a canny, crusading, and well-connected young journalist working to improve life for the impoverished masses. Dickens is also a burgeoning popular author, and through his dealings with Dodger he gains inspiration for titles of his future novels, like Great Expectations and Bleak House.

    Pratchett writes vivid details about early Victorian London, like "honey wagons," "growlers," "flower girls," and "nobs." The foul London fog he turns into a metaphor for truth, an amorphous thing that people make into what they want it to be. From the toshers and their sewers he fashions an interesting sub-culture of London, with its own goddess of the sewers, the Lady, whom the Romans who built the sewers called Cloacina. And Pratchett, who highlights Dickens' role as social critic and reformer, does a fair amount of both himself by skewering politics, poverty, and wealth.

    Sometimes Pratchett tries too hard to be constantly humorous, as when he plays with words like hubbub ("the epicenter of a hubbub that was loud enough to be considered a hubbub with at least an extra hub, not to mention bub") or refers too often to the strong odor of Solomon's dog Onan (who is unnecessary for the plot and exists in the novel for the many jokes about his bad smell and the pay off regarding his name).

    As Pratchett says in his afterword, Dodger is a historical fantasy, and hence, I believe, has less of gravitas and believability and more wit and narrative expedition. And as he also says, he does "put a shine on things," for his characters, whether fictional like Solomon and Dodger or real life like Charlie and Angela, are all wittier, luckier, stronger, and kinder, and more interesting, capable, and effective, etc., than their real life avatars could be. Things are a bit too easy for Dodger. This novel is therefore entertaining but not so suspenseful or powerful. And I've found most of Pratchett's straight fantasy Discworld books to be more of all three.

    If it is easy to read Dodger with a smile on one's face, this is due in part to Steven Briggs, who gives a great reading of the novel, speaking the accents and moods of the different characters and the witty flourishes of the narrator with engaging skill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Atila 10-01-12
    Atila 10-01-12
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    "Nice Pratchett story, unfortunately not Discworld"
    What made the experience of listening to Dodger the most enjoyable?

    I just love Briggss' narration.


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

    I have the impression that Pratchett's last books (like Snuff) had a more complex and entertaining plot. This one has a simple straightforward story, above Pratchett's average in my opinion, but compensates with the historical references to old London. Can't be disappointed with Pratchett stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Parker Luxembourg, L Luxembourg 10-15-14
    Rachel Parker Luxembourg, L Luxembourg 10-15-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Pratchett charms again."
    Would you listen to Dodger again? Why?

    It is a brilliant and compelling story. The character is so strong - but it's all so well-written. I really want to know what happens to him and his lady.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just loved the treatment of real people, like Disraeli, or Bazalgette.


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

    Not heard it before but liked it very much.


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

    Sometimes the best people are found in the darkest of places.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope it gets to the actor that I loved the book but really thought the voice performance was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dark Googong, Australia 10-18-13
    Dark Googong, Australia 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You will never get sacked for buying a Pratchett"
    What did you love best about Dodger?

    I feels as if Pratchett was having fun writing Dodger.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dodger?

    Dodger takes us on a Toshing Tour of London. Brilliant.


    What does Steven Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pace, Energy and Comic Timing


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

    Made me laugh out loud while in the car in heavy traffic... not cool


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Randers, Denmark 03-07-13
    Michael Randers, Denmark 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "yet again"
    Where does Dodger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    hard to say, how can you really choose among Prathcetts books??
    i for one can't rank them meaning i have about 40 books sharing first place :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dodger, because of his innocence and how it is used to further the storyline


    What about Steven Briggs’s performance did you like?

    i've always been a fan of Steven Briggs and he doesn't let me down this time either...
    he is just a overall amazing reader


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, though i doubt i have the time to do so...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-13
    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Pratchett"
    Would you listen to Dodger again? Why?

    Yes, the story was wonderful and the reader excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dodger


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

    No


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

    No, just thoroughly enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    The book reminded me of the Sallay Lockhart mysteries; very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Edmonds Singapore 01-12-13
    Dale Edmonds Singapore 01-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would start them on one of the Witches books or the Tiffany ones if they were younger, definitely not this one. I also would look for any other narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As expected, all sorted out and by that point, I was just waiting for the book to end. Dodger was far too heroic with no real flaws and so there was no real challenge - everything came easily and coincidentally to him. Frankly, Saul was the most interesting character in the entire book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Briggs was very recommended online, but I found his reading fairly monotonous. I expected a change of pace for different scenes but it seemed like he had one speed setting for the entire book.


    Did Dodger inspire you to do anything?

    Hope there will be another Pratchett book soon to get over the disappointment of this one? He is 95% of the time brilliant, so Dodger is really a sort of Dark Side of the Sun for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 11-25-12
    ozgribbo Australia 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rags to riches"

    At first I thought this was a pale reworking of Dickens, but as the story unfolded I was more impressed. Yes, there are obvious parallels to be drawn, but this is a genuine Terry Pratchett story told in his own way. The introduction of the famous characters can be a little stiff - reminded me of those 40's and 50s B & W biographies where the "oh look there's ....... come and meet him" was the way to introduce a historical figure. By the way the history and settings are pretty close to the real thing.
    Worthwhile - if a little more serious than some of Mr Pratchett's Discworld series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • David
    Buckley, United Kingdom
    9/15/12
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    "Terry Pratchett is back with a vengence."

    A magnificently constructed tale brimming with T.P's distinctive charm and wit providing many 'laugh out loud' moments.



    The narration by Steven Briggs is, as usual, splendid and although this book is not a part of the Disc World series the familiar voices of quite a few much loved characters are echoed here.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jesper
    Hasselager, Denmark
    10/19/12
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    "What's not to love"

    Whenver I read a certain combination of words, I get goosebumps. For example: "Icecream sundays" or "By Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Steven Briggs".

    Lovingly read by one of the best narrators I've ever listened to, this is in my opinion one of Terry Pratchetts best books.

    And you can trust me on this, I'm a librarian

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • S. Donohue
    Manchester, UK
    10/16/12
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    "Classic Pratchett"

    Funny, heartwarming & utterly addictive I loved every minute of this book, all the classic Pratchett humor and signature nods to both fictional and factual events and people. Would recommend to everyone

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Videomole
    Kent, UK
    6/20/13
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    "Masterpiece"
    What made the experience of listening to Dodger the most enjoyable?

    I knew that a Terry Pratchett book was going to be good but this exceeded even my high expectations, with an excellent narration too!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/15/13
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    "A delightful book."

    I loved this to bits, a really entertaining and enjoyable audiobook. Full of humor and charming in a very British way. If you know your Dickens you will spot a few humorous references to book titles and characters which adds to the fun of listening to this little gem of a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Stratford, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "What The Dickens?!"

    Terry Pratchett is of course well known for creating vivid characters. Here he borrows one from another great writer, and does interesting thigns with him. Pratchett brings Victorian London to life with the same eye for strata and people as he does Ankh Morpork, and allows his hero to be a real person, while simultaneously shining through as slightly better than average, and much better than he's believed to be (certainly, and winningly, by himself at all accounts).



    The only slight let-down here is a somewhat lacklustre narration by Steven Briggs. Normally, I yield to no-one in my appreciation for Briggs' readings of Pratchett's work: it's no exaggeration to say his readings opened up some of Pratchett's finest to me in a whole new way. Here though, it feels like Briggs, rather than Pratchett, is slightly out of his comfort zone.



    Not, I should say, massively out of it - the book is still great fun and very interesting, and the narration is still head and shoulders above anyone else ever to lend their voice to Pratchett's words. But occasional stumbles from Briggs here take what would otherwise have been a four - or even a four and a half star review down to a solid, and still enjoyable, three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    11/7/12
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    "Mr Pratchett NEVER fails"

    I loved this tale, it had a serious side as well as the Pratchett humour. The story was set in the first part of the reign of Queen Victoria, it cleverly included the characters of Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew as a relevant part of the tale. I did really enjoy this, it was a departure from the normal stories of Terry Pratchett, - EXCELLENT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss a willett
    12/1/14
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    "Excellent"
    What did you like most about Dodger?

    The description of the characters, dodger in particular, was so good that I really got a good sense of who they were. I also enjoyed the humour in the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dodger?

    I think when dodger found grandad as this showed that he was a boy who wanted to have family


    What does Steven Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think Steven captured the humour And his voice for me really supported the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked the sense of community and the fact that throughout the book most of people were able to see past Dodger's street personna and see him as human, a boy trying to make his way in life I think that is what made this such an uplifting book


    Any additional comments?

    I was't too keen on the idea that Dodger married the young girl, I thought that bit a little corner however I have since found out that this is book aimed at younger listeners and that is not what I am so perhaps that is the reason for the chintzy finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R.H.B.W.
    9/22/14
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    "Not TP best, but very good indeed"

    Not as superb as eg Going Postal, but I really enjoyed it. Performance always very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfy
    Leicester
    7/29/14
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    "A pretty good book..."
    What did you like most about Dodger?

    A really good story with lots and lots of descriptions about everything. It was super funny and great fun to listen too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dodger was great, I like the name Doder and he's not afraid of anything, he has no fears and makes me feel brave when I think about him. I like that he is inspiring and really, really funny. The other characters were very funny as well.


    What about Steven Briggs’s performance did you like?

    I really like the way this guy puts the story out and I enjoyed the different voices of the different people in the story, this really made a good story a really good story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book did have a swear in it and that gave me a big shock, maybe it is only for children 7 and over and warn children about the swear so they are not taken back by it.
    Overall a really good listen and a pretty good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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