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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100,500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455171972
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads.”

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • “Will thrill kids today as it always has…the story of the street boy on the run, who lives with outlaws and then finds a safe home, is an archetypal adventure.”

    Booklist

  • “The author’s moral indignation drives the creation of some of his most memorably grotesque characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “Decidedly unsentimental in its depiction of poverty and the criminal underworld, especially in its portrayal of the cruel Bill Sikes.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela | 2/18/2014

    " I think this is a really good book. I loved every page of it, it's a little bit sad but still a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anurag Dubey | 2/13/2014

    " read it when i was a child :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ebtesam Moustafa | 2/8/2014

    " It is an amazing book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Musthafan | 2/7/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 1/29/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Gallagher | 1/26/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was the first Dickens one i read in high school and made me want to read other books by him. I especially liked the vivid descriptions of people and places. It helped make the book seem alive. It is also an interesting portrayal of the environment that poverty striken people were forced into. Dickens makes a good and readable social critique of his time. I would say this is a must read for a well rounded reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Piper | 1/26/2014

    " Love this story. I wonder if I'd have the same response if I weren't adopted. I'm Oliver Twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Wilson | 1/24/2014

    " for me, this book was just soooooo sloooooow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston | 1/23/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 1/21/2014

    " Good novel of an orphan who gets mixed up with pickpockets. I liked the musical too. Dickens is good at making memorable characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rima Hanna tannous | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent read. Dicken's 19th century continues to exist today. Not much has changed since. The bad people are still around, but how many good ones are left? How many people are willing to take in Oliver and give him a chance to become the decent individual he is meant to be? And the government? The authorities? The people in charge? Haven't changed a bit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Octavio Morales | 1/14/2014

    " It was good... But yet I have read it a long time ago "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 1/12/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Gebhart | 1/3/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa-dawn Morrison | 1/3/2014

    " I adore this book! It has every component for a good book .it is engaging ,funny ,witty, sad , exciting ...oh I could go on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/2/2014

    " I am a fan of Dickens even though he is so verbose. I enjoy his form of satire concerning the socioeconomic state of London during this time. People pretend to care about those who are poor and hungry yet do nothing to care for them. In fact, some people try their hardest to rob from these people. The first half of the book made me extremely sad, because nothing could go right for Oliver. But I found the conclusion of this book highly satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Winchester | 12/30/2013

    " A boy who separated with his mother. He lived in cruel-boarding house which there's many cruel-people around him! Bahagia, juga terharu mengetahui siapakah Oliver sebenarnya dan masa lalu ibunya "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abd Alaziz | 12/29/2013

    " I read it in Arabic as a kid. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Cahoon | 12/23/2013

    " An old story: predictable at worst, charming at best. But the story is not the whole; the prose is sublime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tigerlily | 12/15/2013

    " Dickens is a brilliant writer and I am very much looking forward to reading more of his books for my class. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Conor | 12/13/2013

    " I don't know made this worse; a protagonist without any influence on the story, or the how I started imagining Fagin as a horribly-wrong jar-jar binks-esque character. Either way, this wasn't good, and while I've been told that later Dickens is better, I've obviously got reason to be more selective in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacob Aldrich | 12/12/2013

    " This was a very good read. The characters were brilliant and I can't think of any dull moments off the top of my head. It was all about being preachy, so only read this if you want to cry about poor orphan boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy Darby | 12/4/2013

    " Excellent book, and the very first of Charles Dickens I have ever read. That made it a special treat. His chapters are long and his characters are extensively characterized. No doubt about that one. His style seems slow as you start his book, but I began to be drawn in by the characters as I got to know them. By the end, I had a real appreciation of Dickens. Next up, the Pickwick Papers and may end up reading all of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Labibah Safdar | 11/24/2013

    " This story is about an orphan boy, Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse so he can be taken in by a group of bad people also known as thieves. It was not a book that made me not put it down I read it for an english lesson in school. I thought the movie was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/24/2013

    " Great story, the way Dickens writes is utterly satiric and humorous. Obviously not meant to be a Bildungsroman type of novel, so why try to pigeonhole it by that form of literary criticism? A great critique on Victorian society and certainly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akeem | 11/21/2013

    " Damn I found this a bit tough to read the first time. Thank god for the dictionary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Hite | 11/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abigail | 11/11/2013

    " I was lookin for a fat book to read on my vacaction and found this fatty! I found out this is not my type of peasure read, the hard way :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Kiebel | 10/19/2013

    " I loved this book and its perspective on poverty and human character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella Brooke | 9/8/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 9/6/2013

    " This was the first Dickens I've read. I really enjoyed this book and am anxious to read more works by Charles Dickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/27/2013

    " Read it awhile ago, high school actually but I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Sinclair | 8/20/2013

    " One of my all time fav's !!! Truly shows how dark Dickens actually was . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 8/10/2013

    " Such a feel good novel when life life seems like it is overwhelming this will help you feel better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Abernathy | 7/16/2013

    " Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens is a good novel about a child who went from house to house who was unwanted most of his life. It was a good book, but was a bit difficult to understand because of the century difference, but however i still enjoyed the overall story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rana Zaki | 6/4/2013

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 5/24/2013

    " 'read' via Audio book on commute... very good, must read more Dickens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keeley | 4/4/2013

    " I had a harder time getting into this one after reading some of Dickens's later works. Still a great story though. Dickens is a master storyteller and my new favorite author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Plainqoma | 3/18/2013

    " If based on storyline it was a great book, so 4.5 stars but I'm not into literature much, so 3.5 stars. Halfway through the pages was pretty okay. But I skipped few pages because I don't have the whole day to read this. Should re-read this after final exams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Carney | 12/30/2012

    " Yay! I liked this better than the lame musical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anurag Dubey | 12/13/2012

    " read it when i was a child :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wright Forbucks | 12/12/2012

    " Simply an incredibly great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 11/17/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanaa | 7/19/2012

    " 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 Shealyn | 7/13/2012

    " LOVED IT!!!!! I have never fallen more in love with any other author, nor have I come across someone who could make the English language as beautiful as Dickens. May the obsession with Dickens commence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafael Medina loaiza | 6/21/2012

    " Muy interesante lectura. Altamente recomendable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 6/20/2012

    " Dickens is promising...as always. I love Oliver's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/14/2012

    " not as painful as i expected and very nearly pleasant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maly | 6/2/2012

    " Sure Dickens is extraordinary... But I REALLY dislike Oliver Twist... Great Expectations, that's better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 5/30/2012

    " the story was good, didn't particularly like the way the author kept butting in though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Sterckx | 5/28/2012

    " Want to know about the London underworld in the 1830s? Read this. A gangster novel as well as a social polemic and a great clanking, gothic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 3/15/2012

    " An orphan struggles to survive in Victorian London. An engaging story with various subplots that come together at the end, and also a social commentary on how badly poor people were treated with snarky asides from the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon Michelle | 1/4/2012

    " I think the musical version is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaimaa Tulip | 11/7/2011

    " it is one of the best books i ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 10/30/2011

    " Amazing story about an orphan boy who has to survive England at its worst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/17/2011

    " This was one of the best books I have ever read!!! I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more Dickens!!! "

  • 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 Bachinthedark | 6/11/2011

    " I just loved reading this. The language was beautiful. The descriptions were wonderful. I havn't read Dickens since high school - and I think this is a great oversight by me. Can't wait to read more!! "

  • 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..*_*
    "

  • 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. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hjalmarsson | 3/31/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammad Yasser | 2/7/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn Werner | 9/27/2010

    " I thought this book was very easy to read. I though that this book was very interesting. I though that at the end it was a little difficult to be connected emotionally to the book, because Oliver was not in it as much. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 8/18/2010

    " Good novel of an orphan who gets mixed up with pickpockets. I liked the musical too. Dickens is good at making memorable characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elleke | 8/7/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hana6 | 7/22/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/28/2010

    " Fabulous audio book~! This has been my favorite Charles Dickens book yet! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gracie La | 2/25/2010

    " I didn't particularly like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nivas | 2/18/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 3/7/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/19/2008

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

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.