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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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    leonie Australia 11-03-12
    leonie Australia 11-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terry Pratchett is just too good!"

    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.

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    Simon Innaloo, Australia 10-08-12
    Simon Innaloo, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thanks Terry another great story"
    What did you love best about Dodger?

    I loved the mix of known characters and story


    What other book might you compare Dodger to and why?

    Oliver Twist a bit but that's intentional a cleverly done


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

    He has a great skill for this and brings the characters to live


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

    The real artful dodger


    Any additional comments?

    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

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  • alan
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    10/11/13
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    "Try not to dodge this title!"
    Where does Dodger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dodger ranks quite high among the audio titles I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Dodger became admired by all the "Toffs" for his heroic deed.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Briggs – was your favourite?

    Dodger of course... Without a doubt!


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

    Laughed all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    7/4/13
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    "Love it"
    Would you listen to Dodger again? Why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles because nothing got past him


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

    Nope first one but thought he was brilliant how he did the voices made it more enjoyable


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  • Mr. M. Bleck
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    6/13/13
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    "5 stars?"

    I didn't intend to give it a blasé 5 all round. I just thought about each entry and gave it what I thought. I was surprised. This IS a good story and well read. I highly recommend.

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  • Miss
    York, United Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Good Book"

    This not being a Discworld book was worrying to begin with but I quickly found that my concern was unnecessary. Not the best book I've ever read, but it was very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A real Tosheroon"

    A great listen, familiarity without the contempt. Pratchett without the disc world was initially concerning but gaily the style translated to Victorian London so well that I look forward to hearing from Mr Dodger again

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  • Lee
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Top form Fromm different Pratchett"

    This clever romp through Victorian England Pratchett on top form. Historical references and witty puns abound.

    It is bittersweet reading it knowing there won't be many more books the cannon, but it makes a welcome change from Discworld.



    Some of the plotting didn't make the most sense on my first listen, but the new characters, heartwarming moments and laugh out loud situations meant I didn't notice as I was having so much fun

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gerry
    Enniskillen, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "great read for all the family"

    we listened to this as a family in the car [2 adults and 13 year old and 11 year old] and we all enjoyed it immensely. Great story and lots of allusions to real events of the time, including a run-in with Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street! A fantastic roller coaster journey for the dodger whom we already know of from "Oliver". Would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    If you like Terry Pratchett, you will love this. I've read most of his books including all the Discworld and was a little disappointed that this wasn't another. It was however, brilliant and I now hope he writes another Dodger book, he's brought to life another great character and left me wanting more. If you are considering buying this book do it, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Histon, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Familiar Pratchett with a twist"

    Having read many of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, this story is very familiar in style but the historical fiction means that it has a somewhat different feel. It's lightweight fare, but as a fan of Pratchett's other works I found it equally amusing and it kept me engaged throughout.



    I'm also a fan of Steven Briggs' narration: he does a wonderful job of bringing the story and characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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