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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Death, innocence, sacrifice and corruption  - The Old Curiosity Shop is vintage Dickens. Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape  - but at what cost?

Part tragedy, part allegory, this is Dickens at his most intense; drawing on his own experiences, he weaves a story of extraordinary emotional power. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ruth | 2/16/2014

    " I can tell this is one of Dickens's early novels. It is not as well executed as some of his others. The framing device -- the "single gentleman" who narrates the first three chapters and then disappears, leaving the novel to be told from the third person omniscient point of view -- is pretty clumsy. I'm also a bit amazed that folks in 1840 allegedly met boats arriving in New York City from England to find out whether Nell lives, because one would have to be a pretty careless reader not to pick up on the, oh, hundred or so clues that Nell was not long for this world. At the end of the day, I am not a huge fan of the impossibly beautiful, kind, intelligent, gentle teenage girls who populate Dickens's novels. They bore me. I'll take the dirty, lazy, charming but ultimately good Dick Swiveller any day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed The Old Curiosity Shop. I had tried to read this book many years ago and could not get into it at the time. When I started it again, I sort of remembered why I didn't finish it all those years ago: the main characters are just not that interesting. Nell is too sickly sweet. She almost has no personality at all and is, instead, a personification of goodness and innocence. And the villain, Daniel Quilp, is so repulsive in the beginning, but eventually I felt like he was all bark and no bite. Some of the supporting characters, however, are both memorable and likable-- Richard Swiveller and Kit Nubbles, especially. So, four stars overall. I'm very glad I stuck with it this time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Venera M. | 1/25/2014

    " Dickens' prose is definitely not modern. If I was to edit his work today, his novels would be novellas and novellas short stories. But, the story told is timeless. I'll warn you that the ending isn't exactly a happy one and after 556 pages, I felt slightly cheated. What made up for this was the fact that the story makes you feel (rather than makes you think). At the end, I felt grief for one character while also feeling joy for another's success. It's rare to find a story that is more than words on paper, and this makes Curiosity Shop a classic in my eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brock Williams | 1/9/2014

    " one more closer to completing the cannon "

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