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Extended Audio Sample The Old Curiosity Shop (Unabridged), by Charles Dickens
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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