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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Michael Siberry Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dickens' comic classic, Nicholas Nickleby, read by Michael Siberry. Around the central story of Nicholas Nickleby and the misfortunes of his family, Dickens created some of his most wonderful characters: the muddle-headed Mrs Nickleby, the gloriously theatrical Crummles, their protégé Miss Petowker, the pretentious Mantalinis and the mindlessly cruel Squeers and his wife. Nicholas Nichleby's loose, haphazard progress harks back to the picaresque novels of the 18th century - particularly those of Smollett and Fielding. Yet the novel's exuberant atmosphere of romance, adventure and freedom is overshadowed by Dickens' awareness of social ills and financial and class insecurity.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellon | 2/18/2014

    " Overall, I enjoyed the story. It reminded me a bit of Austen's books where everything works out perfectly for the 'good' character and everything ends terrible for the 'bad' characters. I thought that it was a bit long and could have done without some parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rrshively | 2/2/2014

    " Dickens is one of my favorite authors. However, it took me a while to get through this 800+ page novel replete with 19th Century language. One always wants to slow down and savor the wit, irony, and sarcasms scattered within the story. The way the various characters weave in and out of the story, bumping into the other characters is amazing. This book may have been written about 150 years ago, but many of its subjects and plots are relevant to our world today. What deeds will some greedy people do for money? High interest gambling and payday loans are agreed to by the desperate to the cunning loan sharks. What sort of life does a miserly person lead? What happiness comes to the generous-hearted? What kind of person helps the 'least among us'? Plus here is the comfortable living to rags to riches story that we all love. Then there is romance. For me it was worth the effort, but I wouldn't recommend this to all of my friends. If you are willing and have time to read this classic, you may be well rewarded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/31/2014

    " This is a very long book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vishy | 1/27/2014

    " Got this at the Oxford University Press bookshop in my place. It was fun reading a Dickens adaptations for children. The cover picture was beautiful, the illustrations inside were nice. The story was okay. I wouldn't call it my favourite Dickens. But because it was adapted, the book gave importance to the plot and the Dickens language was missing. But I think it will work for younger readers who are exploring Dickens for the first time. I will give it 3 stars for the story and 4 stars for the book production and look-and-feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D'face | 1/5/2014

    " There are some great passages here and wonderfully rich characters, but there is also an enormous amount of text to get through and an excess of characters. None of the characters are overly endearing but this is a very satisfying novel depicting the trials and rise of a lad following the death of his father and the destitution of his family. Thrown on the mercy of an uncle who despises them the family maintain their values and virtues and emerge vindicated and happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/4/2014

    " 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 Peggy | 1/4/2014

    " Certainly not one of his best, but oh so satisfying. A perfect summer read--light, funny, and all the evil-doers get their comeuppance. I just love Dickens, I really do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Notcathy J | 12/12/2013

    " Cathy, in 6th grade, lovingly made her own binding of cloth and stencils. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surreysmum | 12/8/2013

    " [These notes were made in 1983:]. Read for exams. Good old Dickens -- always a pleasure to read, even under compulsion. Mrs. Nickleby -- eternally fretful, gullible, and good-hearted -- is a masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Harding | 11/9/2013

    " Phew. This took me forever to plunder though. It has been a very long time since I read any Dickens and I had just forgotten how dense they are. This is still probaby one of my favorites. Nicholes is such a lovely character and he really comes to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/5/2013

    " Enjoyable but inconsistent -- some characters and incidents are pure melodrama, others are more original and engaging. I think I liked it more 20 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 10/26/2013

    " Too long and too many unnecessary detours away from the main plot but a host of truly classic Dickens characters, some genuinely funny moments and, as always, some wonderful writing about the common man overcoming the odds that society stacks against him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 6/17/2013

    " The sarcasm of Dickens at its finest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 6/16/2013

    " The language was dense, as expected from a Dickens' novel. I enjoyed it nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/4/2013

    " Loved this story. It got me hooked on Dickens. Weird. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catey Heimerl | 11/25/2012

    " This book makes a really good doorstop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Visser | 5/17/2012

    " I liked it well enough, but preferred Great Expectations. I was very saddened by the treatment of the kids at the school, but more than that.. Dickens likes to write about completely despicable people. Were they more common back then? I'm glad I live in a civilized world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stephanie . | 5/10/2012

    " If it wasn't for Mrs. Nickleby, I would have given this 4 stars. Her character was given too much space & time though and since she was so irritating and unimportant to the plot, it detracted from the experience for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 4/20/2012

    " This is a great story. I enjoyed it but I was suprised at how often Dicken sumerized the diologe. He makes it work but I just wasn't exspecting that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrisanne | 3/20/2012

    " Loved Mrs. Nickleby's proposal scene. Classic Dickens. I can see why it would be more popular as a film adaptation though. There are tons and tons of side-characters and sub-plots. From my memories of the others that I've read I would almost say that there are more than usual. But I could be wrong. "

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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.