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One of Dickens’ earlier works, dating from 1839, this novel charts the fortunes of an honorable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world. Dickens presents a remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the lives they lead, from the generous to the fated to the crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards.

Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • tom
  • san diego, ca, United States
  • 08-21-12

humbled

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was humbled by the reader's awareness of the piece and his ability to covey it. worth a hundred of my college courses on dickens. dickens ain't too shabby either of course.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ralph. Tho as a kind of caricature of heros, Nick is pretty good too.

What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

see above

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

yes and neither. see above.

Any additional comments?

thanks to both my companions of many happy hours.

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  • Martin
  • Rochester, Australia
  • 03-02-13

Dickens at his most tedious

If you want to read Nicholas Nickleby, you'd much better stick to print, where the long-winded prose can be skimmed at will. As an audiobook it is a marathon. The novel abounds in bombastic moralism but lacks the wit and drama of Dickens' better works.

David Horovitch's performance is generally excellent, occasionally overplayed (in keeping with the spirit of the writing), but can't redeem the book.

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  • C.Z.Schipa
  • 04-10-15

A wondrous performance

I'm totally in awe of the narrator. I've known and loved the book (and the 7 hour play!) for years. Yes, it's mixed and has some long and some unnecessarily moralising parts. But it's such a Dickensian joy. I imagine Dickens himself performing passages from it. And he could not have done better than David Horovitch. The voices were comical, moving, terrifying. The timing was perfection. I laughed and cried. Bravo!

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  • ROSALIND BUCK
  • 02-27-16

terrific performance of an enthralling book.

Dickers" work remains powerful and moving. Horovitch brings the characters to life with a rare and precious skill

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  • Jim
  • 10-04-17

The best book ever written!

Nicholas Nickleby is certainly one of Dickens’ finest and as such must qualify it as one of the best novels ever written. The hallmark of a great book is the “satisfaction” it gives to reader. This book hits that spot with perfect precision. Added to all of this the superb narration by David Horowitz makes for a majestic Audible experience.

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  • Colin S
  • 02-10-17

Five Star Narration

Which character – as performed by David Horovitch – was your favourite?

Smike was excellently portrayed, as was Ralph

Any additional comments?

The narration was outstanding - one of the best I've come across.

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  • Harrison
  • 07-25-17

Stunning narration of an equally stunning novel

If every story was narrated and every story coupled with an ending as this one is and does, the world would be a better place. :-)