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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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Like Charles Dickens' other early novels, The Old Curiosity Shop was a huge success, even eclipsing The Pickwick Papers. The melodramatic saga of the flight of Little Nell and her grandfather captured the public's attention, so much so that people would wait in long lines for the release of the next installment of the saga. For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. The desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now ... and I know (for I don't think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish, he would write, five years later. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 2/18/2014

    " some Dickens I adore - (Bleak House, Oliver, Christmas Carol) - others just don't do it for me (Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities and now this one). I don't know why, I just hate the dragged out nature of the book. By the 17th chapter the story is perhaps at best 4 chapters worth? Anyway it's still a beautiful book full of great - no outstanding writing but not one of my favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 1/1/2014

    " This may not have been the most delightful novel I've read; however, I do not rate books based upon how much "warm and fuzzy" content is found within. Dickens' genius seeps through every page as he contrasts in a thousand ways good and evil, light and dark, want and fulfillment. The more I hate a character as he/she develops through the story, the greater satisfaction I am rewarded with in the end as justice never ceases to prevail. I think the way Dickens ties up the loose ends in all of his novels is masterfully done. I couldn't give The Old Curiosity Shop less than 5 stars for layers of reasons. If you want to know why, read the book and accompanying Introduction by Norman Page (Penguin Classics)and you will discover why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cerrissa | 12/13/2013

    " slow but riveting at moments "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/13/2013

    " One of Dickens earlier books. Little Nell is a less-than-terrific main character; Quilp is the essence of evil. The parallel journeys of Nell and Quilp and the pairings of characters and story lines are interesting. And, as usual, Dickens ties up all the loose ends and unnamed characters. The movie starring Peter Ustinov is a poor replacement for the book itself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon Honer | 12/2/2013

    " Oh god this dragged on and on. I like a bit of Dickens but this had 200 pages too many. I wouldn't mind if the ending had been worth all that reading...not a patch on Two Cities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Loveland | 11/30/2013

    " Some great characters and perhaps the most repulsive Dickensian villain of all! I'd have liked the Old Curiosity Shop to have featured more heavily, but this is a great novel nonetheless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princess Hannah | 11/27/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this, my second dickens novel! A genuinely pleasurable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Di | 10/7/2013

    " The language is a real dichotomy - rich and complicated, yet very dated. Not a book for the "common' reader nowadays. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toby | 9/11/2013

    " I started the *70* chapters on the librivox audiobook version and decided that it just wasn't interesting enough to stick with the book for 700 minutes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 9/6/2013

    " Ah, Dickens... Another captivating tale, sometimes maudlin, sometimes treacly, filled with odd characters with colorful names struggling in the damp and foggy towns and through the rambling countryside of England. Always fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Luethy | 6/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this "old" classic. Read it on Kindle so vocabulary was easy to keep up with. But in most cases, my gut feeling on a word was correct. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 4/14/2013

    " Started out well enough but then endless wandering just got too much. The ending was sad but essentially came out of nowhere. Really it was shockingly dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/8/2013

    " Snore...I loathe Dickens' comedy characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/3/2013

    " beautiful, sentimental, classic early dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/23/2013

    " Yet another favorite book, written by my favorite author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Petersik | 1/23/2013

    " If you like work by Charles Dickens, you'll love this drama (with a mixture of comedy). If you don't like the work of Charles Dickens.....I feel sorry for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 8/17/2012

    " Good another wonderful story, the writings are now old fashioned but the content is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ria Lize | 8/5/2012

    " I have tried, oh, about three times to get this book finished, but alas, it just couldn't hold my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 7/19/2012

    " I was a little disappointed in this one. It had the usual Dickens twists in the end but was not quite so catching as some other Dickens books I've read. I lacked a little more romance to carry the story and I felt a lot of the characters were left quite superficial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adi | 12/22/2011

    " I actually bought by mistake the abridged version. It only took two hours to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Conroy | 9/3/2011

    " An excellent novel. My favorite Dickens novel so far. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Damla | 6/17/2011

    " bu antikaci dükkani diye çevrilmisti galiba... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 6/9/2011

    " Not sure if it's because I had a lot going on, but this book seemed to take a lifetime to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/6/2011

    " Reading for book club. I've never read Dickens and am surprised that it's not as unyieldingly dour as I anticipated. I'm enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/19/2011

    " I'm finding the story a bit too intense, between Quilp's abuse of his wife and grandfather's neglect of Nell. Pretty dour.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 5/12/2011

    " The story was great, the characters loveable or truly villainous. However saying that this story was the toughest to say with out of the entire Dickens I have read or reread in the last year. A bit too Dickens so it is predictable and didn’t have the clever twist in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/16/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Dickens, and many people have never heard of it. It is the story of a grandfather who truly wants what's best for his granddaughter, but he is addicted to gambling. I loved the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 4/7/2011

    " I had never read this Dickens classic about Little Nell who journeys with her old grandfather to escape the evil men who are searching for him. It's the usual florid Dickens prose with lots of serindipitious coincidences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/18/2011

    " I must admit, I could not finish the whole book! There was so much nonesense and description, once you waded through it, you had to go back and see what they were talking about in the first place. I guess I am not meant for such culture! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 3/6/2011

    " Bucket list! My first Dickens novel begun and finished,(besides "A Christmas Carol." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/29/2011

    " Angel in the house hits the road and doesn't come back no more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome | 1/14/2011

    " An interesting tear jerker. Rather typical Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 12/31/2010

    " A strange Dickens & one of my favorite Dickens. There's a lamp store on 8th Avenue in the 40s in Manhattan & EVERY time I pass it, especially at night, I think of this book. I really loved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 12/30/2010

    " One of only two of Dickens' books (the other being Oliver Twist) which has made me cry like a baby. "

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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.