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Publisher's Summary

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles' extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.

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(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Very hard to listen to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Firstly it's not Dickens's best written story but it is a great story with a wonderful ending. The biggest reason it is hard to listen to is because of one character who talks way too much about nothing and the narrator does too good of a job capturing her annoying personality. It's a test of patience.

Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Dickens? Why or why not?

I listened to A Tale of Two Cities just before Nicholas Nickleby and loved it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think the narrator did a good job it was just that he really acted out the annoying personalities too well!

What character would you cut from Nicholas Nickleby?

His mother!

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A great listen for a long trip

Long with many subplots yet endearing as only Charles Dickens can share his want of what is righteous to win out.

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"""Excellent!"""

This is a masterpeice. The character development by Dickens is striking, as well as fascinating. I found myself pulling for redemption of Ralph Nickleby, and hang at cliff's edge till learning his fate. Ralph was the antagonist, one can only imagine how I cheered for the good guys. The performance was top notch. I will catalogue it among the best-ever, rivaled in my estimation only by Oliver Twist...DOwens

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Great read & reader!

It's always a treat to see how everything comes together in a Dickens novel. The language is rich & the characters interesting. Vance brought them to life with his wonderful voices and exacting tone & pace. I will miss this as part of my morning bike ride!

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Classic

This is Dickens at his best. A brilliant novel that well explores the intricacies if the human heart. Characters reveal goodness, avarice, envy and other traits in the midst of a plot line that is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end.

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My Favorite Dickens

Would you consider the audio edition of Nicholas Nickleby to be better than the print version?

Don't know.

What other book might you compare Nicholas Nickleby to and why?

The other Dickens novels.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Vincent Crummles. Vance's portrayal of him was magnificent and always amusing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, way too long.

Any additional comments?

Of the 36 books in my Audible library, this is my favorite. Great story line and expertly narrated by Vance; I'm in awe that each of the dozens of characters was consistently performed by him. A true pleasure to listen to.

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All Shades of Perfect !!

Great Narration !! Great Story !! Great Characters!! It was Perfect , I enjoyed every second and Simon Vance made this possible

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Charles Dickens read read by Simon Vance?

The best read by the best. Enough said. Although apparently a review must have 20 words.

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Addicted to Dickens

Love Simon Vance's narration with a unique voice and accent for each character. Such a great Dickens story and one with some happy and joyous characters for once. Favorite character is Newman Noggs. He is sort of a nice version of Uriah Heap from David Copperfield.
I highly recommend this and anything by Dickens. His characters are as believable today as they were when he wrote the novels. They are clever, cunning, cruel, brilliant, charitable, honest, ridiculous, naive, and everything in between. It is not difficult to read being so old. This is light reading actually but quite a page turner! Enjoy!

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Wonderful and so well read

I love the way Charles Dickens champions the common person of uncommon character. The narrator is perfect.