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Publisher's Summary

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

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Delightfully different Mr. Pratchett

I really enjoyed Dodger. It was a fun story and Stephen Briggs did a great job with the narration.

For fans of Discworld, it is not the same type of humor. But is definitely worth a listen (or read). In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to Dodger as I quite liked the main character.

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Dodger the man

If you could sum up Dodger in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, Youth, Victoriana

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jacob Cohen - a beautiful caricature and agglomeration of Jews of that age

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

All characters were distinct and had an emotional life

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

No I would not. The book is simply too long.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the settings and meeting the historical figures. I don't thing I would eve 'Tosh' but I can enjoy it vicariously. What a way to learn about the space you live in.

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Fun historical fantasy

"Dodger" is a nice, fun story set in a Victorian London that feels an awful lot like Ankh-Morpork (from Pratchett's Discworld series). I kept expecting Sgt. Colon or Corporal Nobbs to show up. Stephen Briggs, of course, is brilliant. Overall, this was a decent novel, and I enjoyed the ride.

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Loved it!

If you could sum up Dodger in three words, what would they be?

Very Satisfying Story

What did you like best about this story?

How it interwove character development with literary references and history, yet kept the whole story lighthearted.

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He really makes the characters come alive, and gives us a real feel for the setting (London)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Good ( Clean?!) Fun!

Any additional comments?

This book demonstrates Terry Prachet's talent and should appeal to all of his fans, even if they expect a magical parody.

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Great melting pot of British literature

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

Yes, I would have Stephen Briggs read anything!!

What did you like best about this story?

The melding of so many literary references made the story almost a "where's the character" adventure at the same time.

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

Yes, Dodger was definitely one that was not purposed for my daily drive, I found myself happy of traffic!!

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Pratchett does not disappoint (as we expect)

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

Though not a Disk world book enough of the humor is present so it reads like putting on a favorite jacket or pair of jeans. Comfortable with enough suspense and laughs to make it a quick read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dodger - his insight and innocence are refreshing

Which scene was your favorite?

When all visit the sewers

Any additional comments?

No risk here for new readers to the Pratchett/Briggs enterprises or if you have read the all.

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Pratchett and Dickens

As a Discworld fan, I delight in Pratchett's prose and plotting. "Dodger" did not disappoint. A lovely visit to Victorian England is marred ever so slightly by inauthentic winks to history and literature, but Stephen Briggs' narration is delightful, and this is certainly worth a listen.

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  • L
  • Australia
  • 04-17-13

What can I say classic Pratchett

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

Yes definitely. We drove home from Canberra and listened to it it kept us entertained for the 8 hour drive. It is an authur both males and females can listen to and Terry Pratchett is so funny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angela was my favourite. Because she didn't follow conventions and decided what she was going to do with her life and her fortune help people specifically poor people and liked her even more when I found out it was based on a real person.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene when Dodger saves Simplicity and gets taken back to the house and all the bits with the Dog Oban?

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

Yes we listened to probably 80% of it on the drive home.

Any additional comments?

This is a great non disc world book and if this is Terry Pratchett writing when he has Alzeimer whatcould he have done.

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  • Cassandra
  • HAMILTON, MT, United States
  • 03-28-13

Pratchett does it again.

I love Terry Pratchett. His diskworld novels are absolutely amazing. I am so glad he wrote Dodger and proved to me that he would be just as fabulous writing outside of the disk world. Dodger is a most enjoyable character. He is both naive and cunning, tough and caring, intelligent and clueless. Mostly he is human and I fell in love with him instantly. If you enjoy sarcasm, intelligence and wit then you will love Dodger and Terry Pratchett.

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  • David
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 01-16-18

Fun historical fantasy

Great story from a great storyteller. Believable characters, made alive by an exceedingly excellent narrator.