Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013
A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.
From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.
Beloved and best-selling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world.
©2012 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I have only read one other Terry Pratchett book when I unknowingly jumped into the middle of the discworld series with Going Postal. While that book was great I have enjoyed Dodger more, as there aren't as many "odd" characters for me to get head around since Dodger is not set in a fantasy world but a historic one. I loved learning about this aspect of Victorian era England. As a reader without a huge investment (yet) in reading Pratchett novels, this was just a generally all around great read, funny and perceptive and different from anything else I have read. Audible includes this in "Teen Fiction" which surprised me. While the Dodger character could certainly be admired by teens I didn't read anything that didn't feel like a "grown up" novel.
Read. Listen. Live.
Loved the use of contemporary slang. Listened to this book with my 13-year-old son and we both enjoyed it very much. It started a little slowly, but once we got into it, we were hooked!
If that friend was "into" classic fiction, yes. The creative use of Victorian characters is entertaining, at least.
Stephen Briggs marvelous as always.
A street urchen, a damsel in distress and a cast of fictional and real characters including Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber, or was he, Charles Dickens with some Sherlock Holmes traits, Desraeli, a crazed German prince and the multiple characters of London street life. All this intertwined with Pratchet's wit and humorous. I chuckled throughout.
Pratchet's story reminded me of Dickens's portral of London life and how the class structures are intertwined
I enjoyed S Briggs performance his potrayals of the multiple characters added greatly to me being carried into Dodger's world.
One of my favorites
This is one of my favorite books, and is one of Terry Pratchetts best. I always look forward to any new books by him.
This book had a wonderful historical flavor and incorporated characters from both real history and the authors imagination. I would compare his writing in this book to Neal Stephenson in the way he makes history come alive.
Stephen Biggs naration sounds like my own mind would have the characters sound when I read the books. It is the best collaboration I have ever heard.
Ranks a strong third
I loved Sol. Wise, funny and great voice inflections.
I have never heard Stephen Briggs before but I rank him right up there with Jim Dale.
Laugh. I laughed and laughed.
I will rehear this one again and again.
I am a Registered Veterinary Technician I have always read books of all categories I enjoy listening while I do yard work or am driving
A typical Terry Pratchett book. The characters were fun and the writing style effective. I enjoyed listening to this book. Good story with a few funny twists.
The narrater seemed to enjoy reading this book and was able to transfer this to his listeners.
Dodger discribes the downside of being a chimney swipe.
The sewer rats of London
Yep. Very clever take on the character from Oliver.
His change through the storyline
A very solid, captivating performance.
A very clever take on Charles Dickens and the character from Oliver.
Yes, loved this book and the narration. Prachett's humor came through in a slightly more conventional story than his usual. The plot was reminiscent of Dickens' underdog themes.
Stephen Brigg's has pitch perfect timing for highlighting Prachett's ironic wit.
The story! The narrator! The author was able to get your attention from the start. This takes Dickens' story of Great Expectations to another level.
I like the fact that the author was able to bring other historical fictional characters into this world.
The Sweeny Todd scene when Dodger gets cleaned up for the first time is classic.
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