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
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
I had to listen to this book a second time before I could write this review. First - this book isn't a discworld novel. Second - this book IS NOT a discworld novel. Okay, I sure you can see where I'm going. No wizards, no witches, no magic, no AM City Watch, and no Librarian. And this book has a character Charles Dickens running around who meets a "kid" called Dodger.
Terry Pratchett can't write a bad book. Just having his name on the cover counts for four stars. But those of us who have been fans for years expect certain things. Dodger has those things, but not in their usual place. Once you gets over that, relax and let the Pratchett magic take you over. It will take you into another world. A world that will be loved and enjoyed for as long as the pages last.
Another character that stars in this book is the city of London. Below and above the streets. I don't know if London was really like this, but one can hope so. Pratchett can bring a place alive in just a few words.
I also love the end of Dodger, the book that is, not the character. There are no questions left. Those who are happy are happy, those who aren't are given a good reason not to be. While it is possible for these characters to turn up again, that would be a new story. I love that when a Pratchett book is finished, it is finished. (except for The Long Earth which I will not go into here.)
If you love Terry Pratchett's writing you will love this book. If you haven't read any Terry Pratchett -- WHY NOT. Use a credit and get this book now. Then save up and get every other Terry Pratchett book you can get your hands on. (except for The Long Earth - which I won't mention here.) Dodger is not the best Pratchett novel, but in the top ten.
I loved the mix of known characters and story
Oliver Twist a bit but that's intentional a cleverly done
He has a great skill for this and brings the characters to live
The real artful dodger
It's not disc world but I am so glad I did not let that put me off and that my faith in the skill of Terry Pratchett was rewarded hugely
"Another Pratchett work of art"
Such a wonderful book you can almost smell London while reading it.
Outside of discworld TP shines as usual. A must read as always
One of the best audiobooks I've listened too, well written, well narrated I would definitely recommend!
"One of my favorite books"
I bought this a few years ago and its still one of my favorites. I listen to it over and over. If only Terry Pratchett had written a sequel. It's a great listen really gives you an insight into what life was like with a great plot and storyline. The narrator's got the knack for voicing the different characters. It's got life, action, intrigue, and romance set in the Victorian era all over London;from the poorest areas(Seven Dials Rookery) to the most affluent houses of parliament. Love it! Well worth a listen and another and another.
"Not typical Pratchet but still brilliant"
A great story pulling in both fact and fiction from Victorian London with a spicing of Pratchet cleverness and a good story line.
"Not TP best, but very good indeed"
Not as superb as eg Going Postal, but I really enjoyed it. Performance always very good
"A pretty good book..."
A really good story with lots and lots of descriptions about everything. It was super funny and great fun to listen too.
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.
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.
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.
What a great read, already recommended to friends and the kids, who listened with me, have raved to their friends. Great sense of history and loved the references to historical characters.
The obvious answer is Oliver Twist, the historical setting and characters being common to both.
Throughout the book you are made aware of the fragility of life in Victorian times and the acceptance of death.
"Victorian London excitement (Who knew?)"
Terry Pratchett can make a Charles Dickens plot from Victorian London into the most amazing adventure tableau for an adventure with the most unlikely hero you could imagine. Terry should be made to write all children's history textbooks from now on. Labelling this as a Childrens book is a disservice to the interest it attracted from a mature adult like myself. I would listen again if only to better absorb the immense volume of information fired at you during the story. My ti is to have Wikipedia open as you listen to this, so you can more quickly understand the new information fired at you.
Any element where he is in the sewer
"Try not to dodge this title!"
Dodger ranks quite high among the audio titles I have listened to.
How Dodger became admired by all the "Toffs" for his heroic deed.
Dodger of course... Without a doubt!
Laughed all the way through.
I know some of Terry Pratchett's books can be frustrating to read at times - as he can over stress the comedy quite often, but if you are of the same mind give this title a go, you won't be disappointed, I'll guarantee that.
This was the perfect listen for me I enjoyed it from start to finish it kept me hooked the whole way thoroughly it's a brilliant book!
Charles because nothing got past him
Nope first one but thought he was brilliant how he did the voices made it more enjoyable
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