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Read By: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781400176953

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

53

Longest Chapter Length:

31:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05:40 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:15 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

191

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Publisher Description

One of Charles Dickens's most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, "Please, sir, I want some more." After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and the terrifying Bill Sikes, perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time.

Rife with Dickens's disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity.

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"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!"

— Andrew (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • Narrator Simon Vance raises a banner that announces a once-in-a-lifetime performance that exquisitely matches narrator and text. Vance has a mellifluous English voice, an engaging tone, and marvelous diction.

    — AudioFile

Oliver Twist Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (4.00)
5 Stars: 19
4 Stars: 24
3 Stars: 9
2 Stars: 2
1 Stars: 2
Narration: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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Story: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 (4.50)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Colder68, 3/11/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — gracefild, 2/26/2023
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Derin, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Dickens does a great job of criticizing the injustices of the time; specifically here, the treatment of the poor and disenfranchised. Oliver is such a sweet and innocent boy and it's perfectly infuriating the way he is mistreated by those above him. Dickens also has a surprising wry wit that had me laughing in parts. But I thought the first half of the story was much stronger than the second. I found Oliver's descent to the depths of despair to be the most engaging. It goes from bad to worse for the poor kid which provokes quite an emotional response! Of course, things get better for our hero, and by this point the novel lost some its edge and it felt like Dickens was just tying up loose ends in order to finish the story. It fizzled out for me. A great introduction to Charles Dickens though. Recommended! "

    — Joseph, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " it was way too sad =( "

    — Ss, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wow! I am glad I read this book. "

    — Joyce, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " first read in 6th grade- 1975- getting ready to put on the musical at Westridge "

    — Jossalyn, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There are just too many reviews out there for me to add anything of value. Personally I like just about everything Dickens wrote. I would read this book again. "

    — S., 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great story. A bit long. "

    — Jeff, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fantastic. Ironic, funny and fast paced. Loved it. "

    — Ronda, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm not native English, but reading Oliver Twist in english version is easy digest to me. Well, When Oliver Twist ask for more food in workhouse, that the same way I feel when reading this book. I can't stop for more and more reading. The plot is not boring, nice story, happy ending. "

    — Hendra, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Carrying on with my plan to read one Dickens novel a year, in the summer. I only had to read about 3-4 pages to remember why I love Dickens as much as I do! "

    — Aaron, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Aw. This book was so sad, what with Oliver being such a tiny tike and all kinds of awful things happening to everybody. It's quite the picture of poverty in 19th century London. I found the whole story compelling and the characters often simultaneously delightful and horrific. Worth the read. "

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

    " Story drags quite a lot in some parts but none the less is a awesome book. "

    — Taylor, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Brilliant characters for all but Oliver himself. Despite being the title character, he's more of a vehicle to move the rest of the far more interesting characters along. "

    — Keon, 12/28/2013
  • 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', 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — JM, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " If I was British and it was the 1800s I may have given this 3 stars. Not my cup of tea. "

    — Branka, 12/3/2013
  • 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, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Dickens is just not my style... I had to read this book for a college class and honestly didn't finish it. Why? I found his writing style somewhat heavy and I am not a native English speaker. So I gave up on you, dear Mr. Dickens. Hope you can forgive me for not admiring you that much. "

    — SteinFussel, 11/28/2013
  • 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, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is the first Dickens I ever read. I remember reading it as a senior in High School for an English lit class. Unlike most in the class, I really enjoyed it! "

    — Frank, 11/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Labibah, 11/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

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

    " I read this many years ago...classic Dickens "

    — Jan, 8/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Nesma, 4/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A classic, not to be missed. "

    — Anna, 2/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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!! "

    — Bachinthedark, 12/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a great story. I usually don't like these kind of sad stories about poor children who are unfortunate, but the historical context is really good. Books that have historical references or are situated in a certain time period tend to be interesting and grab our attention. "

    — Daniel, 9/28/2012
  • 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, 7/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Tigerlily, 2/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Early Dickens worth reading if you only are familiar with the musical. The anti-semitism turns me off. "

    — Don, 2/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really liked it! But the cold reality was kinda hard to get through (the death...s...) and what happened afterward. The romance was brillaint! I could really tell why Rose said what she did. I love Oliver Twist! "

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

    " I thought this was an okay book. It was hard to follow at times because the language was older. This book tells the story of an orphaned boy who struggles to find his place in this world. "

    — Bailey, 11/22/2011
  • 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, 10/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Claire, 9/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Paula, 8/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " amazinn book . i cant stop reading i finished it in 5 hours "

    — Dina, 7/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " After reading this again, I related so differently to the book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was rooting for Oliver. I sill cringe at the anti semitic components. Overall definitely worth rereading. "

    — Ousa, 7/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Charlotte, 6/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Tamara, 6/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Princess, 6/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Ruthie, 6/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i love this book..when i first read it i was about 14 years-old..*_* "

    — Annaborana, 6/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Opie, 6/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The thing was fabulous and I enjoyed reading it "

    — Behnum, 6/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Muy interesante lectura. Altamente recomendable "

    — Rafael, 4/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Some Dickens is better than others. This is not one of those. But still, even so-so Dickens is better than most other books. "

    — Lynne, 3/15/2011
  • 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

    " 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

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

    — Mike, 2/19/2008
  • 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

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.

About Simon Vance

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.