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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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