Oliver Twist: Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress Audiobook, by Charles Dickens Play Audiobook Sample

Oliver Twist: Or, The Parish Boy’s Progress Audiobook

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Read By: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2007 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781572707108

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

53

Longest Chapter Length:

33:36 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07:13 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:26 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

190

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Publisher Description

One of Dickens’ most popular novels, Oliver Twist tells the story of a young workhouse orphan who escapes into the mean backstreets of Victorian London. There, he is thrust into a den of thieves where some of Dickens’ most depraved villains preside: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the barbarous bully Bill Sikes, and the terrible Fagin, whose knavery threatens to send them all to the gallows. A novel with autobiographical overtones, this was the first of Dickens’ works to realistically portray London’s impoverished underworld and to illustrate his belief that poverty leads to crime. At the heart of the drama, however, is Oliver, the orphan whose unsullied goodness leads him to salvation, and who represents Dickens’ belief in the principle of good triumphing at last.

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"Oliver Twist is a story that we all know but we perhaps are not aware of the detail of the book. So much of the story is set in my own parts of London, with references to Clerkenwell, Barnsbury, Holborn and the river. A very different London to the one of my child. So much poverty that we can only just guess at in this modern world The attention to detail that Dickens provides can sometime make the read difficult but not as hard to comprehend as I had been warned it might be."

— Michael (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Rebecca, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Deviant, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I much more enjoyed the film! "

    — Sarah, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I can safely say this book has been a struggle to get through with the changing of scenes and story jumping but I did enjoy it. I do find the character ofOliver a little bit untealistic and too idealistic of a character with his first class morality despite his environment in which he was brought up within and his upper class speech. Overall however whilst I did find myself yearning to reach the story conclusion I did enjoy exploring the original storylines from which the tv and film adaptations that introduced me to oliver twist, originated from. "

    — Lottie, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It makes me hate London for the bleak cloudy image the story brings up to your mind. Yet it was interesting. "

    — Mohammad, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A definite top 5 all-time favorite novel!! "

    — Kenneth, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read this classic to make up for all the romance books I read. It took a while, and I struggled but I did it! Think everyone should stay rounded and give it a try. "

    — Courtney, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Oliver Twist was a struggle. I found myself zoning out, especially during monologues. Occasionally you see a glimmer of his later skill at turning a phrase, but dialog is horrendous. I suppose Dickens can be forgiven to some degree since Oliver was one of his first works. Don't judge Dickens by Oliver Twist. I really enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. "

    — Sean, 1/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Read it years ago.probably after watching some tv version. "

    — Shell, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Every three years or so I read a Charles Dickens book, and every three years I'm a little dissapointed. Although the descriptive writing is great by Dickens, I just got a little bored with the story. I may need to read this again in a few years and give it a second chance, but this time it just wasn't for me. The book is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, but it seems he is actually never in the story after the first 100 pages or so. I really didn't like any of the characters besides him. I'd read Great Expectations before this if you really want to read a Dickens classic. "

    — Tom, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " potret suram di kota besar, london yg mengusik kemanusiaan. "

    — Aleppigs, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very well-written. There are a lot of characters, but if you keep reading, they'll straighten out. The book is extrememly sad and depressing if looked at just as a story. If you look for what Dicken's was trying to say, you will see how funny and sarcastic it is! I won't be reading it again soon, but I bet I will in the future! "

    — Billybobjoe, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Ele, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Quite enjoyed this- even if it was wordy at times. Justice is lovely! "

    — Kelly, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved the raw realness of the industrial era and every facet of the true depraved underbelly of society. Can be disturbing, but that's the point! He's not telling us a glossy clean story. He's creating a life on his pages "

    — Heather, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read in class and watch musical..."may I have more?" "

    — Elise, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Written by 'the inimitable' Charles Dickens, this tale encompasses much of old London, from the filth and squalor of the shanty town on the banks of the Thames, to the open fields of Hampstead. The descriptive powers of Dickens are such that you can almost walk down the streets yourself. The narration is almost a character in its own right, slamming the creation of the workhouse, pleading patience from the reader as a scene is set, and effectively reading the book to you. It is easy to imagine just how enthralling the public readings from Dickens must have been, as the book lends itself easily to performance (as has been proven). It isn't flawless though; some of the dialogue is hammy and theatric, (particularly from the female characters)and the sheer number of characters can be a little confusing at times. Overall however I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I am now eager to read his other works. "

    — Adam, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — David, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have very nice memories with this book, I remember reading it when I was 8 years old trying to impress my teacher lol.. I loved it back then, but I still think it's a nice novel describing a lot of the victorian ages in Britain.. However, I feel english novelists didn't posses the techniques Russian novelists did back then.. "

    — Kawthar, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The actual story itself is good. It's Dickens' telling of it that's terrible! "

    — Tammy, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Do not delay in exposing your children to Dickens. "

    — Bob, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I loved it! I like Charles Dickens, so this book was an instant like for me. "

    — Abby, 11/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked the story. I was not very good at deciphering the old British dialect & writing style. "

    — Ella, 11/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A real tear-jerker for me, Oliver is such a sweet boy! I felt that he was too forgiving, and yet that was what made him so endearing. Bill Sykes is a wonderful Villain, and I despise him for killing poor Nancy! "

    — Alisha~Seek, 11/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book, narration by Nadia May was excellent. Loved Dickens' rich language. "

    — Philip, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is without a doubt my least favorite piece from Dickens. The writing is well done as always but I just can't get into the story. Some parts I find good, but the rest I think is dull "

    — Ashleigh, 10/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 1st read oliver twist as a child, so this was a very nostalgic reading experience which i thoroughly enjoyed... however, i did get somewhat vexed by the amount of chance meetings and coincidences dickens relies on "

    — Susanne, 10/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i liked this book Oliver grow up in an orphan and he was the son of a king "

    — Molique, 10/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Read it years ago.probably after watching some tv version. "

    — Shell, 10/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The first Dickens book I read. No one makes you fall in love or hate characters like Dickens does! "

    — Kathy, 10/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    — Marie, 9/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book also I read it when I was in high school and I still remember how very good read it was for me. "

    — Sheila, 9/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Just too happy of an ending wrapped in a great big red bow....I actually don't mind reading classics...but this one did nothing for me... "

    — Connie, 9/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Try as I might, I have never enjoined reading CD. "

    — Mark, 8/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " perfect book for perfect ppl. "

    — Garima, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It was okay. The language was a bit difficult to understand at many points. You need a strong heart to bear all the troubles that poor Oliver has to go through initially. The second half of the book is fast paced and enjoyable "

    — Rohan, 6/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " love it :) ..... most touchy quote when oliver was selected as to ask for more to eat ..(please sir I want some more) I have read it since I was twelve and when I hear oliver twist I remember this quote, and at the end of the novel when the chrurch bells rang ding ding it is heard death death "

    — Rana, 5/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I need to read this one again. It's been quite some time. "

    — Toby, 12/31/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved the book as much as i loved the movie ! great story. "

    — Zahia, 12/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I read Dickens as a child and decided to read this particular classic again. Great story but the old fashioned, hyperbolic and overly emotional style of writing was a big turn off. Nevertheless, Dickens was a master story teller and his works will live on. "

    — Dianne, 7/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Just can't get into Dickens although a great writer. "

    — Jamie, 6/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " OK. long, had to slog through the old fashioned writing, but great social commentary of the time. Our systems may not be perfect but we don't just abandon people. Read for book club, and we'll be going to see the play Oliver together, I wonder how similar it will be... its been a long time. "

    — Laurie, 4/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " to be honest, i love Charles Dickens and despise this book. "

    — 'Sylvie', 3/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Plz Suh , I Need Sum More ! :) "

    — Sara, 2/8/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I've read it before (Arabic language edition). "

    — Roaa, 1/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " it was way too sad =( "

    — Ss, 1/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I know it's a classic but I foud it a little hard o follow at times. The language doesn't always transfer to modern time. "

    — Brian, 8/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I love Dickens' plot lines, but his writing style is so convoluted and wordy!! So hard to follow! This one in particular requires a lot of backstory knowledge about the British systems of the time that he's satirizing. Not my favorite. "

    — Melissa, 6/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Grade 9 read! Again, great book! "

    — Lynn, 4/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I had a really hard time getting through this book. It was way too long but I love Oliver! And I enjoyed the writing much more than other British classics. Overall a great story with lots of twists and turns and mostly PG so young kids could definitely read this as well. "

    — Gana, 3/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Brilliant read, one of my favourite books "

    — Claire, 2/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I didn't really know what to think after the last few chapters. The story line was very enjoyable, though being written so old-fasioed, it was hard to follow times. Overall, another great Dickens. "

    — Catherine, 12/25/2010
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I didn't care much for this book "

    — Neil, 9/24/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It shows that Oliver Twist is an early work of Dickens. The style is not yet very refined but quite straight-forward. For a more mature book with some of the same feel I would recommend David Copperfield. "

    — Vesa, 3/31/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A real tear-jerker for me, Oliver is such a sweet boy! I felt that he was too forgiving, and yet that was what made him so endearing. Bill Sykes is a wonderful Villain, and I despise him for killing poor Nancy! "

    — Alisha~Seek, 2/26/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Charles Dickens is one of the finest authors from England. Read these books in school. Timeless classics "

    — Nivas, 2/18/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I read David Copperfield and found it delightful. I had no idea I would like it so much. I'm taking a break from Mr. Dickens but can't wait to read some of his other stuff. "

    — Melinda, 3/7/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I read David Copperfield and found it delightful. I had no idea I would like it so much. I'm taking a break from Mr. Dickens but can't wait to read some of his other stuff. "

    — Melinda, 3/7/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Though I didn't read this exact version, I have read these all unabridged and these are probably my top five favorite Dickens works. "

    — Tyrene, 8/21/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Though I didn't read this exact version, I have read these all unabridged and these are probably my top five favorite Dickens works. "

    — Tyrene, 8/21/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Though I didn't read this exact version, I have read these all unabridged and these are probably my top five favorite Dickens works. "

    — Tyrene, 8/21/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Though I didn't read this exact version, I have read these all unabridged and these are probably my top five favorite Dickens works. "

    — Tyrene, 8/21/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was my first post-high school Dickens and it is incredible! - That guy could write - Highly recommend "

    — Mike, 2/19/2008

About 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 Martin Jarvis

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.