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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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Best narrator I've ever heard

I bought this just because of the narrator. Like watching a play - he brings the story to life so well.

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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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Best performance ever!!!

It took me a few chapters (6 or 7?) to really enter into this one but it was so very worth the effort. This is a beautiful portrait of all levels of English society of the era. Even after 65 chapters I’m sorry that it’s over. The performance by David Horvitch was the best part and I will certainly look for more books narrated by him. Chapeau!

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Great Narration

I’ve always loved this story but David Horovitch’s performance was spectacular. He made each character with its own tone, accent, and nuance so real that I’m left bereft now the book is finished. Dickens wrote a masterpiece and Horovitch brought it to life. Brilliant.

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The narrator did a phenomenal job; differing the voices, tone, and inflection.
The story was a chore

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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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  • Mrs B.
  • 02-07-18

Highly recommended.

Enjoyed every moment of this book. David Horovitch's narration is superb. It is hard to believe that such a wide variety of characterisations are the product of one person. His command of tone and accent are flawless. Amazing performance. Dickens' engrossing tale is stunningly brought to life here. Loved it. Thank you Mr Horovitch!

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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

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

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  • G Reid
  • 12-21-20

Superb

A quite marvellous reading of one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. David Horovitch has a voice for every character in a cast of thousands, it’s a tour de force performance to make you laugh out loud. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Katharine
  • 07-21-20

Horovitch is superb!

Another wonderful story from Charles Dickens! Skilfully narrated by David Horovitch. These stories have helped make lockdown fly by!

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  • Anna
  • 04-04-20

Very good indeed

Another very enjoyable Dickens book very well narrated. A story full of light, dark and all shades in between: moments of irritation (Mrs Nickleby in particular), drama, humour, villainy and enough goodness and kindness to bring tears on several occasions...
Highly recommended.

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  • Mike Hendon
  • 03-07-20

The best narration of any book, so far.

I have enjoyed all of the Charles Dickens books that I have so far download. However none has satisfied me more than this version of Nicholas Nickleby. David Horowitch brings every character to life and enhances the humour contained in this incredible book. There were times when I actually laughed out loud, whilst listening on a bus or through headphones whilst walking down the road. Although I have yet to get halfway through its 38 hours, I consider that I have had more than my money's worth already. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • St Andrews
  • 03-05-20

Brilliantly read and characterized

Brilliantly read and characterized by David Horovitch, a tour de force performance of great ingenuity.

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  • Ruby G
  • 08-10-19

Wonderful!

Dickens at his best with a cast of hundreds and wonderfully narrated. A great read.

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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. :-)