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
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
"Gripped from start to finish"
Very good book made the journey Easy and kept the children very Entertained and quiet
"Pratchett Does London"
And just as well as we'd expect. No disappointments here, though no real surprises. Not sure why Terry feels the need to explain all the gags in the appendix, he's always left us hanging (or searching wikipedia) before.
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
I think when dodger found grandad as this showed that he was a boy who wanted to have family
I think Steven captured the humour And his voice for me really supported the characters
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
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
"great story but narator not good"
I don't usually buy the unabridged versions of terry Pratchett but ONLY because Stephen Briggs is just not as good as a narrator as Tony Robinson. This story is, as usual, a great Terry Pratchet book I just feel Tony Robinson gets into the emotion and charachter a lot better than briggs.
Like so many others, I am a loyal follower of the Discworld series, and a great lover of Terry Pratchett's unique wit and storytelling. I've also enjoyed some of his non-Discworld books, but "Dodger" isn't one of them. Perhaps I'm being unfair - I may have enjoyed it more as a printed book. Steven Brigg's pedestrian reading of "Dodger" does nothing to enhance the story, and is a long way from the many fantastic audiobooks narrated by actors who can really bring the characters to life. This book confirms my decision to no longer buy Terry Pratchett books when they are first published, but to wait until they become available from my local library instead. If you like the Discworld books but have reservations about other books published by Terry Pratchett, you may want to think twice before spending money on this one.
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