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4.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 5 4.32 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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One of Dickens' earlier novels, dating from 1839, it charts the fortunes of an honourable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world.

Dickens presents his remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the life they lead, from the generous to the fated to crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heyrebekah Alm | 2/9/2014

    " Ugh, I am officially Dickensed out. It all started when I read Bleak House a few months ago (which I absolutely loved) and followed that up with Great Expectations. The Dickens reading kick continued for a few more books, so by the time I got to Nicholas his story seemed like too much of a retread of what I just read in another book. At this point, it is just too much cliche, albeit cliches Dickens created. The large cast of characters is mostly wonderful and loveable. Except, of course, the characters we are supposed to hate, and they are delightfully vicious and evil. Some of supporting cast, though (particularly Mrs. Nickelby) had me rolling my eyes and skipping ahead a few pages once I got to their dialogue. Perhaps if I take a break from Dickens for a few years, his plots and characters will seem fresh once again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/14/2014

    " It's funny that I was surprised how good of an author Dickens is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/13/2014

    " By far my favorite Dickens novel. I don't think I usually laugh so hard at Dickens as I do with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/5/2014

    " When I came up with this theme, Charles Dickens was the first author (after Jane Austen of course) that popped in my head. I choose "Nicholas Nickleby" because it spoke to me. It's an interesting coming-of-age tale, but really tells the story of the Nickleby family instead of just Nicholas. After his fathers death, Nicholas finds a way to provide for his virtuous sister Kate and his mother, who reminded me a bit of a less outrageous Bennet mother from "Pride and Prejudice". Nicholas is a great character, I really liked him. But my heart goes out to Smike. So sad, I really felt for him. Like I said before, it's not just about Nicholas. I didn't expect that. Maybe that's why this book was so gigantic. That's the main reason why I didn't give it a five star rating: the length of the book. I loved "Nicholas Nickleby" but it could use some 'deleted scenes'. This Dickens story fitted my theme perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahsan | 12/25/2013

    " I don't even remember what the story was but I remember I really loved it reading it as a kid, that it was a small, brown leather-bound hardback with possibly engraved or golden letters. 5 stars for something that made me happy as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 12/13/2013

    " This is the book that made me love Dickens. He was such a great writer. At this point, he's a little hard to read for the modern reader, I would bet, because his style is so quite wordy. But if you can get past that, the stories are so vivid. He was an incridble observer of the human condition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 11/19/2013

    " With so many changes that have taken place in the United States, and the ripple effect that can observed in various other places around the world, this 19th century novel seems to have captured quite a few of the changes then, which are similar to what we see now. The United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company, despite its comical name, has much in common the economic meltdown caused by the Ralph Nicklebys on Wall St. Here it is London's Golden Square and other dark places between London and Yorkshire that ill-will thrives. Setting things to right is an angry young man, with his demure sister and their loquacious mother. Many of the secondary characters outshine the titular hero with their wit, banter or thick Yorkshire accent alone, and at times it would have been more interesting to stay with the Crummleses' theatre company or follow around Lord Verisopht. Yet the novel does as Dickens sets out to accomplish, and has some useful warning signs of school systems to avoid when I set out, teaching degree in hand, on my new career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah | 11/19/2013

    " Probably my favorite Charles Dickens book so far. It was nice to have something end without too much sadness like his other books. I love following the everyday life, challenges and character development of Dicken's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre Casey | 10/26/2013

    " I listened to this and found it engaging and sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 10/24/2013

    " Very difficult at first, long, most of it extremely interesting, and I had to take a few days off after I was finished reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/10/2013

    " I love Dickens, but this book is too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 8/30/2013

    " Smike and Dotheboys Hall, and ah, the theatre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shivanthi Sathanandan | 4/16/2013

    " One of my favourite Dickens' novels; full of the strangeness of life and triumph of striving against adversity! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Martin | 2/1/2013

    " A must-read Dickens novel that centres on Victorian cruelty and injustice. Something to take a chapter at a time with many cups of tea in the garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Butler | 12/24/2012

    " I felt that there were two take in this book add if Dickens's had begin one idea then headed to another. The characters are many varied and if this was filmed today guy riche would direct it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rand Harker | 11/4/2011

    " My favorite of the early novels. Good and evil are much simpler here than in the great later novels (compare the Cheerybles with John Jarndyce) but there is an effervescent youthful zest that infuses language, plot and character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 10/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Nicholas is a great character, very likable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 7/25/2011

    " Oh, Dickens. Just SO great. I enjoy his writing so deeply. And, when I think of how young he was when he wrote these books, and how he wrote them serially, for magazine publication, it just astonishes me, I wish i could do that. He's just so incredibly enjoyable. "

  • 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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.