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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anna Massey, Sophie Thompson, Ken Campbell, Tom Baker, Alex Jennings Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Left penniless by the death of his father, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby seeks help, along with his mother and sister, from Uncle Ralph Nickleby. The hard-hearted money lender takes an instant dislike to his nephew and gets rid of the boy by securing him a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the evil Wackford Squeers presides. Horrified by the barbarity he sees there, Nicholas defies Squeers and is forced to flee. He is joined by Smike, who has been treated cruelly by Squeers, and the two become great friends.

Nicholas joins a travelling theatre troupe and enjoys great success, but with his mother and sister depending on him for their survival, he must find a way to make a decent living. His adventures are numerous and include some of Dickens' most comic characters.

Starring Anna Massey, Sophie Thompson, Ken Campbell, and Tom Baker, with Alex Jennings as the voice of Dickens.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/24/2014

    " Hmmmm...a trifle too tidy and predictable for me. Lots of fun characters, as usual, but I get irritated with the comprehensive and rapid state with which Dickens wraps up everything - with perfect justice, character by character. Not his best work, but definitely worth a read. Another thing I confess I loathe is when couples fall madly in love at first sight (a.k.a. based on appearance only) and it soon develops into a perfect relationship, each party turning out to be a perfectly wonderful person of upstanding character and perfectly suited to one another besides. A bit much for me to swallow without rolling my eyes and gagging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/9/2014

    " Wonderfully surprising for Dickens. It was his typically great writing but with a good ending. So much easier to read than his usual fare of pessimism, hard knocks, and people looking the other way while bad things happen. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/8/2014

    " Excellent reader! Funny and sad and somehow the serial form suits an audio book presentation. I cried at the end. Everyone who's written great characters and rich plots since Dickens owes a debt to him. ( J.K. Rowling comes to mind.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Win Zaw | 1/7/2014

    " It's the thickest book I've ever read. When I finished reading it, I felt I have accomplihsed something great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surreysmum | 12/26/2013

    " [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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 12/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danelle | 12/7/2013

    " Pg. 8 Some London houses have a melancholy little plot of ground behind them, usually fenced in by four high whitewashed walls, and frowned upon by stacks of chimneys: in which there withers on, from year to year, a crippled tree, that makes a show of putting forth a few leaves late in autumn when other trees shed theirs, and, drooping in the effort, lingers on, all crackled and smoke-dried, till the following season, when it repeats the same process, and perhaps if the weather be particularly genial, even tempts some rheumatic sparrow to chirrup in its branches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria (Eve's Alexandria) | 12/7/2013

    " My first book of 2012, and read in double-quick times for Dickens. Sprawling and recklessly tangental, it doesn't have the maturity of Bleak House or the tightness of Great Expectations, but it has other strengths: particularly the ensemble cast, and the contrasting lightness and darkness of its ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/2/2013

    " I felt a bit foolish, rushing off to find out what happens in a huge classic written 170 years ago, but that's what I did. Still wondering what led me, at age about 14, to decide that I Didn't Like Dickens, but perhaps enjoying him for the first time in my 30s is a good thing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 12/1/2013

    " The copy i read is from Project Gutenberg , which i don't seem to be able to post. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerr Cuhulain | 11/19/2013

    " I am a major fan of Charles Dickens, and this is one of my favorite books by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jalon Fowler | 10/14/2013

    " incredibly long but a wonderful and touching story with a great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Jensen | 10/13/2013

    " Dickens is great and this story was a joy to read. It was also easier to get into than some of Dickens other books. There were only a few chapters that seemed unnecessary and tangential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Captain_Howdy | 9/12/2013

    " I would read modern fiction if there were any that comes close to a book like this. "

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

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Gott | 6/24/2013

    " I loath this book. I would rather eat dirt then read a single page. The extent to which I despise this book has never left me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Lake | 3/11/2013

    " Half way through and so far, like most classic English Literature, long winded and the characters are too overzealous with their compliments of each other (but not as bad as Dracula). Get a room already people! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Weeks | 2/16/2013

    " This was my least favorite of all the Dickens novels I have read. I could really tell it had been a serialized story and it dragged on far too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Perkins | 7/25/2012

    " It's amazing that something written over 150 years ago can be this funny. "

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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.