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
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
He was a "player" but he also was so innocent. It was very cute. He was just trying to survive as a street urchin and perhaps his moral compass was a little off.
Terry Pratchett put historical characters into these situauations and you are like yes I can see how this incident may have made this person the historical figure he was. It was a coming of age story and a comedy of errors and a mystery thriller all rolled into one.
He uses the different dialects of the time. We know that back then the different dialects also separated the classes so it was very informing.
I don't think I cried but I did laugh out loud a few times. Also there were times that I felt excited wanting to know "how is this going to turn out" Overal I felt good. It was exciting and funny.
This could be the fake true story if Oliver Twist. After all Dodger and Charles Dickens were friends. lol
This COULD have been the story of how Charles Dickens met his character, "Dodger". Engaging story in it's own right, but good social commentary of the Victorian era London; and definitely not dark. Yes, bad things happen. Not Prattchett's usual light humor, but well worth the listen, well written and well read. Charming story of street urchin-turned-good. I will hear this again!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Dodger is a scrappy young boy who lives the better part of his life in the London sewers. A girl is severely beaten and needs attention so Dodger battles it out with two other gentlemen in how to save her.
This is the story of a young boy who's street smarts and ability to think fast allow him to escape death, learn the secrets of the injured girl and use the politics of public opinion to get what he wants.
I really enjoyed this story. Dodger is a great character and most of it is really about him and his growth from sewer rat to private investigator and. The book is very funny and even the real dark moments still keep things light -- just as you would expect form Terry Pratchett. This is not a masterpiece but it is most definitely worth a listen.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
This was just a fun book to listen to. I liked the twist on the idea and really liked the history of the London sewers thrown in.
felt i was there
Soloman. He was a mystery in himself
When he takes Peel down the sewer.
A tale of London
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.
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