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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (201,719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780003337
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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 novels, 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Caroli | 2/14/2014

    " So cool for the christmans time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 2/11/2014

    " I liked it. It has the aroma of an early novel, with too much commentary and such. But that's kind of why I like it. It makes a fella cheery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanaa | 2/11/2014

    " It was a very interesting book, which gave me a clear picture of how life was like for poor children in the Victorian Times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/10/2014

    " It is hard to exit the original worlds created by Dickens. I usually manage it crying like a baby. Oliver Twist is top shelf storytelling. The characters are amazing. The setting is perfect. The plot manages to throw out hundreds of threads and ties them all together at the end, while never losing or boring the reader. Weakness? This is probably nit picking, but the story seems to work out too well in the end. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a social novel and FICTION, but I guess I just have a little bit of an issue with the whole melodramatic end, with every shoe finding a foot and every evil getting a noose. Other than that, Dickens shows with 'Oliver Twist' why he is/was the master and the giant of the social novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Princess | 2/9/2014

    " this definitely tells one that no matter the situation there's always a way out. "

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

    " Reading this makes you appreciate how gifted Dickens was as a writer who both entertained and dramatised while he also informed. Many of the characters are classic caricatures of real people, exaggerated for effects that, no doubt, his vast public came to expect (and demand?) from Dickens. and many of the big scenes (Dickens is a very melo-dramatic writer) are masterpieces of the fictional art.Dickens is arguably the first modern novelist, whose work was read in mansion and midden! Be warned; this work takes stamina to read. If you're usual fare is chick-lit or trashy thrillers, this will be too much for you,methinks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dua' | 1/27/2014

    " The Novel Touched My Soul .. Oliver Twist I'll never Forget IT <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deviant Geek | 1/21/2014

    " I heard the movie is better than the book and I can see why. Lots of room left for creativity but I suppose dickens was such a strict fellow. Not that I hated the book or anything. But if you could see the scenario being played in the back of your head with missing patches here and there you would know the author didn't complete the job "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mutmainna | 1/17/2014

    " Super book! Would suggest to everyone who love classics, and to those even who don't. All should at least give it a try:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo | 1/2/2014

    " Required reading in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derin Ulcay | 12/29/2013

    " This book had great influence on my childhood. I must have read it 5 times. From the beginning to the very end, this book lures you in. If you want to read a book which makes you wonder what will come up next, this book definitely suits you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Freestone | 12/24/2013

    " I know this book is supposed to be a classic that everyone loves but I struggled to believe in some of the characters and the coincidences that occur to create the happy ending, which I admit most readers want. It appeared in places to lack fluidity which shows the original serialisation. I enjoyed the story line of the innocent boy born into a life with what looks like no way out and yet he still achieves. I just felt the we didn't know Oliver because we don't see his perspective yet we are supposed to believe in him. All in slightly disappointed but think this is mainly due to my own high expectations. 4 Stars... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 12/23/2013

    " Masterful use of irony, biting commentary on the social conditions of Dickens' times. Dickens' character development is a model. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 11/28/2013

    " Classic, of course. Not an easy read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/20/2013

    " The musical ends within the first 200 pages what? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mahmoud Saeed | 10/28/2013

    " Amazing story ....... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahmad Hagrasi | 10/25/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston | 10/17/2013

    " I cheated a little bit. I listened to it read since whenever I've tried reading this book, I've always struggled with Dickens's thought process and sentence structure. Having listened to this book, however, I really enjoyed Dickens's writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Sherman | 10/1/2013

    " Love it! And, seeing Oliver, the musical on the big screen when I was 12 was really my first foray into musical expression. I had a crush on the actor who planned Oliver! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hawthorne | 8/28/2013

    " Read when I was about 11 or 12, have always loved Charles Dickens ever since "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadeel Mostafa | 8/18/2013

    " i like the story & the movie :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/16/2013

    " Excellent book. Put off reading this for years because of The odd glimps on the tv musical. The book is much darker and the characters are great. Looking forward to reading more Dickens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sojhal Brochal | 6/21/2013

    " Oliver Twist needs reform! The plot moves far too slowly lacks the suspense necassary to capture the reader's attention. The main character needs to be more involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Hatcher | 6/11/2013

    " Timeless as in all books by Dickens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/11/2013

    " Surprisingly readable. Good satire, good humor, good story. Nice, though forced, surprises "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 5/18/2013

    " So far I think this book is really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann Hnat | 3/31/2013

    " I read 600 out of the 800+ pages in this book, but it finally got the better of me. Probably me, as it's revered. I just don't get Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadjib Zabat | 2/20/2013

    " This one is pretty one ...the words were written not to be read as to be seen and imagined ...Oliver ..great one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadeel Mostafa | 1/6/2013

    " i like the story & the movie :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/8/2012

    " Oh God, more Dickens. Dark dark dark... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ele Eusepi | 10/31/2012

    " The first literary work I ever read, at the age of 8... Never stopped going back to it.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hana6 | 10/19/2012

    " 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 Sumyah Alnajashi | 9/29/2012

    " Although it is very famous, it is not the type of novels I like "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick Sanders | 8/6/2012

    " I read this book because I had to in school. I hated this book. Maybe I'd like it now, but at the time, I felt like I was being punished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 3/2/2012

    " Funnier than I expected, in places, and SO not the Broadway musical. Indelible characters, with the full range of all the evil and good that mankind can exhibit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nesma Fahmy | 12/30/2011

    " if u didn't read the story you should & if you didn't see the 60's movie version you must(exactly 1968) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iimaan | 12/20/2011

    " I think i read this more than ten times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 8/22/2011

    " I didn't enjoy this Dickens as much as the others I read this year, somehow it just never gelled for me. It is certainly darker than Dickens' other works and there is a more obvious (but not in any way objectionable) effort to reform here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 7/14/2011

    " You gave us plenty, Charlie, but we still wanted more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/24/2011

    " Still funny after all these years. I'm becoming a Dickens fan. It's amazing what you'll like when you're not forced to read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 6/24/2011

    " This book is really great.You should read this book and Charles Dickens other books too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Princess | 6/22/2011

    " This was my first book!It's about an orphan lad who roams from place to place and comes across various adventures on his journey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 6/13/2011

    " It was so cool because Oliver Twist liked Fagin but then he realized that he was bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaborana | 6/10/2011

    " i love this book..when i first read it i was about 14 years-old..*_*
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Behnum | 6/8/2011

    " The thing was fabulous and I enjoyed reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Opie | 6/8/2011

    " Buku satu ini dicetak dg singkat, jelas, dan cukup padat. :) "

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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

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.