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3.00207674943567 out of 53.00207674943567 out of 53.00207674943567 out of 53.00207674943567 out of 53.00207674943567 out of 5 3.00 (5,316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…Full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens’ love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny, and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don’t miss it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Historical fantasy mixes with Pratchett’s trademark humor for a rich tale that’s impeccably interpreted by Stephen Briggs.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “With the help of historical figures such as Charles Dickens and Benjamin Disraeli, the horse-drawn, gas-lit world of early Victorian London opens up to the listener. As always, longtime Pratchett narrator Stephen Briggs accentuates the tongue-turning phrases, gentle humor, and wide-eyed wonder of Pratchett’s writing. Pratchett appropriately calls this departure from his widely popular Discworld series a historical fantasy that mixes the oftentimes bleak facts of orphans and child labor with the magic of storybook endings. Briggs’s voice reflects this literary hybrid perfectly.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens 2012
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Youth Fiction
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Teen Fiction
  • A 2013 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist
  • A 2013 Locus Award Finalist
  • A 2015 School Library Journal Top Pick of Summer Listens

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sydney | 1/27/2014

    " I love Pratchett and Dickens, so this book seemed like a marriage made in book heaven for me. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. It was eminently put-down-able, and the story felt labored at times. There were moments of brilliance, but not nearly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy Bird | 1/25/2014

    " A bit disappointing. Being a big Discworld fan i have high expectations of anything Pratchett and this just didn't hit the heights. I found it very simple, very much a childrens book. I also found it a bit too educational, giving you lots of historical facts which, although interesting at times, broke up the flow of the narrative a bit too much. Saying that i did like the characters and the basic story was ok. Recommended for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy | 1/22/2014

    " Tip - Read the "Authors acknowledgements, embarrassments and excuses" chapter first if you're one of those "historically nitpicky" types. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 1/10/2014

    " A fan of Pratchett since I discovered Tiffany Aching & the Wee Free Men (especially on audio), this book didn't disappoint, though it took place in the somewhat real world of mid-1900's London. My biggest complaint was the many anachronisms & name-dropping readers might not even be familiar with; which Pratchett tidily cleans up in an afterword. Some language for a slightly older audience than his other books, but a good read otherwise. "

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