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Dodger Audiobook

Dodger

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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.

ยฉ2012 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 01-19-13
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"

    Some author / narrator combinations were clearly made in heaven. As soon as you hear ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ actor performing ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ author's creation, you know that those two talents were meant to come together, rendering something magical and beautiful. That happened with Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Rosenblat. Now it has happened again with Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. You can almost hear something finely-crafted and well-oiled clicking into place, like the Universe doing something right. I enjoyed "Dodger" so much that I turned right around and listened to it again, immediately ... and enjoyed it even more. You will appreciate "Dodger" especially if you have previously read some of Charles Dickens' novels, like "Oliver Twist," in particular. Here (in Pratchett's world, of course), we learn that Dickens not only derived his character, The Artful Dodger, from this eponymous protagonist, but that he derived almost ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก of his ideas from Dodger, by following him around, taking notes! Dodger is a "tosher" in Victorian London: He makes his living by scavenging coins and jewelry that the "nobs" have carelessly let fall through the sewer grates. Well, he also does a bit of scavenging above ground, too. We quickly learn to love and root for Dodger, whose smarts have kept alive in a cruel world, without subverting his good heart. Perhaps even more, we come to love Dodger's landlord and mentor, Solomon Cohen, who has done some hair-raising surviving of his own. The magnificent Stephen Briggs switches effortlessly from Cohen's Yiddish accent, to Dodger's cockney, to Simplicity's girlish timbre, to the Outlander's "not Chinese, but not German" accent, to Serendipity's carefully-cultivated Somerset accent, not to mention all the other characters' -- male and female -- unique voices. Oh, and did I mention the humor? "Dodger" is ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ! (Well, of course. I mean, after all, Terry Pratchett wrote it, right?) I can't imagine anybody not liking "Dodger," so just buy it.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 10-16-12
    Melisa 10-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Discworld but recognizably Pratchett"

    It isn't a Discworld novel and it doesn't have much of that trademark Pratchett humor that we love so much, but the characters and the story are still definitely Pratchett. I did miss the laugh-out-loud moments that I usually enjoy with a Pratchett novel, but still I enjoyed the book. Briggs did an excellent job of narrating, as usual.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Easy Reader Livermore 01-18-13
    Easy Reader Livermore 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Narrator, Great story"

    Stephen Briggs is genius! His vocal interpretations of the different speakers rival live theater drama. I love how I can hear the seeds of real-life Dickens characters in Pratchett's story. Big fun.

    This is not Discworld. I like Discworld. This is not Discworld. It's neither arch nor is the humor brittle. There are no sentient orangutan librarians or magic suitcases. In fact, there's nothing supernatural at all. And it made me grin out loud.

    I can't say enough about Stephen Briggs. I would listen to that man read a book of recipes, for heaven's sake. Don't miss this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime 10-31-12
    Jaime 10-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant, as usual"

    With the writing of Terry Pratchett and the narration of Stephen Briggs, how can this audiobook be anything less than stellar? Not a Discworld novel, but those familiar with the world will spot old friends among the cast, among them a smell that nearly has its own sentience, a river that may or may not actually be _water_, and a copper that has more in his head than just muscle. It was fascinating to be let into this world of Victorian England, with such faithfuls among the protagonists as Queen Victoria, Charlie Dickens, and Sweeney Todd... I will admit, the book has struck up in me a desire to refamiliarize myself with Dickens' work, as so many of the names, characters, circumstances, and turns of phrase tugged at my memory. Pratchett's talent for satire is muted here, but nevertheless shines through in his homage to one of the greatest writers of them all. A truly brilliant book, and well worth the credit, or the cash if you haven't one to spare.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve United States 10-07-12
    Genevieve United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful!"
    Any additional comments?

    A joy to read/listen to. Good story, great wit and humor, fine narration. One of those I will read again some day just for the fun of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 10-02-12
    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Victorian Forrest Gump"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dodger to be better than the print version?

    Quite possibly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dodger?

    I love Terry Pratchett's little descriptions that are quietly hilarious.


    What about Stephen Briggsโ€™s performance did you like?

    This was my second time hearing him, and I would buy other books he narrates.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 07-12-13
    Hector Hanover Park, IL, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Clever insight, interesting story, a good listen."

    Terry Pratchett is at it again. In this clever, early-Victorian tale Pratchett opens our eyes through a clever story of the less fancy side of London. Mixing historical fiction with historical fact, we can't help but cheer for Dodger. While not as good as Nation (a must read), Pratchett does spin a very appealing tale. Stephen Briggs does another great job telling the tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lin NewJersey 12-15-12
    Lin NewJersey 12-15-12
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    "Brillant!"

    I listened to Dodger at least 3 times, in some areas, more. I enjoy the play on words and the well-researched time period. My 11year old and I are now listening together, which leads to discussions about living conditions and human nature. Our special code word for truth at the moment, is "The Fog." Well Done Mr. Pratchett!

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    Toni Cathedral City, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Toni Cathedral City, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Start from me being a deep Terry Pratchett fan..."

    but I really enjoyed this departure from Discworld. Instead we get to visit Charles Dickens' London, and meet the person who inspired the Artful Dodger. This author is so imaginitive, while creating characters you'd love to meet for lunch or a beer, that the only problem with his novels is that they have to come to an end. Whether you love Pratchett or haven't met him yet (there are only two groups), give this novel a try.

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    Sherwood Seattle, WA USA 11-02-12
    Sherwood Seattle, WA USA 11-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightful Listen"
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    As the author said at the end, this book is "Historical Fantasy." And it is that but also very entertaining. Definitely a light listen but engrossing and the author's use of famous people who lived during the era that Dodger takes place makes it even more fun. And the narration is wonderful. It is a joy to listen to a book that is so well narrated. It just shows me how important the narrator is. I personally don't think many narrators do the opposite sex well and shouldn't try. And then there are some narrators like Scott Brick whose voices are so distinctive as well as their intonation and phrasing that it actually takes away from the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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