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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 was Dickens’ second novel and one of his darkest… The author’s moral indignation drives the creation of some of his most memorably grotesque characters: squirming, vile Fagin; brutal Bill Sykes; the brooding, sickly Monks; and Bumble, the pompous and incorrigibly dense beadle. Clearly, a reading of this work must carry the author’s passionate narrative voice while being flexible and broad enough to define the wide range of character voices suggested by the text…superior audiobook versions of this material.”

    Library Journal

  • “The inimitable Martin Jarvis brings his talents to bear on Charles Dickens’ classic in an audiobook that will delight listeners with its superb recreations of gritty nineteenth-century London. To escape Mr. Bumble and life in the workhouse, Oliver flees to London where he meets the Artful Dodger and becomes embroiled with Fagin’s ragtag band of thieves. Jarvis simply dazzles: his performance captures both the humor and sorrow of the text, his narration is crisp, and his characterizations—his rendition of the terrifying district magistrate, Mr. Fang, is particularly memorable—are as varied as they are energetic, befitting, and enjoyable.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca Gebhart | 2/9/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deviant Geek | 2/6/2014

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah H. Alshareef | 2/6/2014

    " I much more enjoyed the film! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lottie | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

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