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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100,574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken's timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings.

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramya | 2/19/2014

    " The language can be a drudgery but the tale a delight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Musthafan | 2/14/2014

    " Really love it. It has many sorrow feelings , but It end with happy :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Heskin | 2/9/2014

    " Great story. A bit long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelbi Parker | 2/9/2014

    " Oliver twist reminds me of job in the Bible. all these terrible things keep happening, he can't catch a break, mocked, beaten, betrayed by people he trusts. it is heartbreaking. and Oliver just takes it, without turning bitter or angry. i find myself getting angry for him just reading it. after so many trials, it is uplifting to see the young boy stand tall and become a young man of character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindi | 2/1/2014

    " I am now motivated to read all of Dickens work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/31/2014

    " Oliver Twist is far from Dickens' best novel. In fact, I would say it is my least favorite of those I have read so far. Although it starts off very strongly as an almost Swiftian satire, the satirical edge is abandoned over the course of the novel in favor of an increasingly clumsy and convoluted plot. It's a shame, because it could have really been great but ended up being merely good. Still, it was one of Dickens' earlier novels so he can be forgiven for its amateurishness in comparison to his later work. "

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

    " Delightful Dickens! The Victorian morality tale of an orphan, repeatedly lost and found, from the street gang of petty thieves to the homes of the wealthy and all between. Entertaining and recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Lebron | 1/20/2014

    " The story becomes a little bogged down towards the middle. However, it picked up nicely as I approached the climax of the story. I loved how Dickens brought all the characters into play for the finale..I can't wait to read a second Dickens novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hjalmarsson | 1/20/2014

    " THat the reason! waiting cheap with Dickens' novel, people fall in sea !!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 1/18/2014

    " Oliver Twist was a good book. The book begins a little dry but later turns to plot twists that makes the reader want to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie Williams | 1/10/2014

    " ehhh i didn't really like it that much it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Williams | 1/1/2014

    " I dare you all not to fall in love with the story of Oliver Twist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elleke | 12/31/2013

    " Certainly not a quick read! But I liked it nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharla | 12/31/2013

    " I found this book easier to follow than A Tale of Two Cities, but wow, HUGE coincidences abound. Most of the characters are very one-dimensional as well. However, the plight of the poor in 1800s England was indeed tragic, and this book is a reminder of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/30/2013

    " Truly, a masterpiece. The early satire of Britain's treatment of their poor is scathingly funny. The remainder is simply a beautifully written mystery, as Oliver's benefactors work on his behalf to secure his future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/8/2013

    " Never had the chance to read the book before. All of the relations that brought the book to be seemed a little too coincidental. Character development strengthened the underlying themes of nature vs. nurture. Good prevails over evil as the orphan gains himself a new life through proper means. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Farrington | 11/2/2013

    " The fantastic ending raised doubt as to the impeccable reputation of the great Charles Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hana6 | 7/28/2013

    " English society in the 19th century - mostly their coldness, arogance and indifference towards others. It is all about survival of the strongest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Gebhart | 3/12/2013

    " It was an uphill battle, but I managed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 3/3/2013

    " An extra star for the baddies and specially Fagin, because little Oliver is just an annoying whimp, really... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Long Williams | 12/15/2012

    " One of the first adult books I read. Love it as a boy and now love it just as much as a man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JM | 1/19/2012

    " I liked this one as much as Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickelby. Read them on a summer off from high school when I had nothing to do and decided to grab something from my Dad's bookshelves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahmad Hagrasi | 12/27/2011

    " I think it's the Greatest of Charles Dickens "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gracie La | 12/17/2011

    " I didn't particularly like it "

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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

Alex Jennings, a distinguished two-time Olivier Award winner, has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare and National Theatre productions; his films include The Four Feathers, The Wings of the Dove, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.