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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Dickens' exuberant novel charts the rise of its young hero Nicholas Nickleby, who progresses from an impoverished youngster gladly accepting his uncle's offer of help, to an assured businessman capable of thwarting villainous plans. The book unfolds in a series of vivid scenes, starting with Nicholas accompanying the vicious schoolmaster, Wackford Squeers, north to the grim Dotheboys Hall. Later, Nicholas tries his fortune on the stage before the action returns to London, and to a most unexpected revelation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/29/2014

    " It's hard to bitch about Dickens novels because they're Dickens novels and they're just such refreshing reads: his prose is like honey on golden toast. That said, Nickleby has some issues, mostly its length, that made me anxious to get the goddamn thing over with. It is overlong: nearly 800 pages! and stuffed with any number of minor, insignificant characters that could've been neatly sliced off the story. The story itself is pretty neat with a nice twist at the end and a pretty dark way of dealing with the fate of Ralph Nickleby, the evil uncle (sort of a proto-Stooge, who doesn't fare as well as that haunted madman did, tho'). Nickleby and his sister are the main heroes, the pivot of the plot and are both so gregarious, obsessive, and violent, yes violent! that they really stand out from Dickens' other creations. Worth the slog, overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Planton | 1/26/2014

    " Nicholas Nickleby is a wonderful story with great characters ie Wackford Squeers, Smike, Ralph Nickleby, Ray and Charles Cheeryble and of course Tim Linkenwater and Newman Noggs. Challenging to figure out in the narrative what was important to the story and what was Dicken's embellishment . Well worth the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/25/2014

    " my second favorite Dickens book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Whitcomb | 1/22/2014

    " The writing style is verbose, but in the best way. Lovely and funny and sad and unforgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soa | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked this book. Very lively and nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 1/14/2014

    " I remember finding this one pretty tedious, although some of the characters intrigued me deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ta N. | 1/11/2014

    " This is one of my favorites, believe it or not! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/10/2014

    " Reading this one again, this time to my kids. They picked it out at an old bookstore and asked me to...i was putty I'm their hands. It's one of the old original ones, I have to be very careful while reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 1/5/2014

    " I am very happy that I started to read the classics. I enjoyed this book very much! The story is very good and it makes you not like the villains in this story. A must read of the classics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmeen | 12/23/2013

    " i read it about two years ago. i remember parts of the story and i remember enjoying it so much. very interseting but no clear purpose or advantage that you take of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fleur Defries | 12/15/2013

    " Not my favourite Dickens but a good read all the same. A more succinct review later, perhaps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Walton | 12/9/2013

    " This is one of the great Dickens! The heros, villians, and love story (not to mention coincidences) are all in order and well done. Recommended, now a favorite in my list. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 12/5/2013

    " Just couldn't finish this one for some reason. I used to really enjoy Dickens, but this one had a really slow start and I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharoncollier | 11/18/2013

    " After the first few chapters, (typical of Dickens) the story gets really going. It's a cracking good yarn! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 9/6/2013

    " enjoyable read though end was a bit strange and depressing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Broadsnark | 2/22/2013

    " Can hardly remember reading this one. Not one of my favorites for some reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladan F | 12/24/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyable and full of humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Wilkerson | 4/25/2012

    " Not quite as good as David Copperfield but very enjoyable and just as full of wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/22/2012

    " Finally finished it! It was a slow read, and consequently it took a long time, but worth the effort and time. There is so much irony and poignancy in Charles Dickens writing that is is always enjoyable. There were also a few things that took me by surprise when I expected to predict everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 4/9/2012

    " Yet another fabulous novel by Charles Dickens. What's not to love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 12/15/2011

    " I don't really fancy Dickens. I think it's partially because he wrote for a word count instead of for a story because he was being published in pieces in a magazine. I've got too much editor in my blood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbi | 11/16/2011

    " Great character sketches. Marvelous takedown of class divisions, which is still relevant today. But it does have a lot of words! I'm told Dickens was paid by the word. Enjoyable, but challenging. The plot twists and turns became wearying at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Makenna | 8/29/2011

    " Slightly hard for me to get through....maybe I was too distratcted during the time I tried to read this... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/22/2011

    " I read this for the online book club, but couldn't finish it in time. The story went slowly and the melodrama was a bit too thick at times. I had GREATer EXPECTATIONS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yasmeen | 6/5/2011

    " i read it about two years ago. i remember parts of the story and i remember enjoying it so much. very interseting but no clear purpose or advantage that you take of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 5/16/2011

    " Funny,witty, entertaining, and a scathing satire on the English education system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/13/2011

    " Read it when i was really young, remember enjoying it but cant remember enough to rate it
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/16/2011

    " “…for if the scene were acted over again, I could take no other part than I have taken; and whatever consequences may accrue to myself from it, I shall never regret doing as I have—never, if I starve or beg in consequence.” "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/2/2011

    " Loved the humor and the characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Braden | 3/1/2011

    " Another amazing work of genius from Dickens, with the usual mind-boggling web of plots and subplots, hilariously different characters, and more than the regular dose of Dickens' complex sarcasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn | 2/13/2011

    " This one truly deserves the 5 stars!

    This is the tale of Nicholas Nickelby with his mother and sister in early London and surrouding areas. It tells of their struggles after their dad passing away, and their happinesses, as well. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.