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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: October 2009 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Brock Williams | 1/9/2014

    " one more closer to completing the cannon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 1/9/2014

    " Dickens's books DO have plot in addition to character and setting! This is the story of a young girl, the ward of her grandfather, who has a gambling problem. I loved the word pictures, especially the factory at night with the dirty air and the hellish flames. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Lovejoy | 12/16/2013

    " I know I read this book a long time ago, but decided to read it again as my 25th book from Marilyn Green Faulkner's 36 Back to the Best Books. We watched the DVD (4 hours worth!)before reading the book, and it was excellent. I was pleased to see as I was reading the book how closely the DVD had followed the story. Charles Dickens is truly one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 12/11/2013

    " Dickens is a literary god. What more can I say? The characters in here are wonderful and addictive. You'll laugh, you'll cry - it'll become a part of you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/26/2013

    " Quite a good book. There are some very terrifying characters but also some characters for whom you want to physically leap into the book and help. It's sort of a sad tale. A good book to read if you enjoy the classics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cerrissa | 10/4/2013

    " slow but riveting at moments "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/8/2013

    " I loved Dicken's characters, descriptions, and subtle humor. But I was starting to think the story would never end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pippa222 | 7/10/2013

    " A horrible lot of sentimentality, but as usual the comic characters were excellent. Quilp was great for just sheer nastiness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eveduboys | 6/4/2013

    " Still trying to power through... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toby | 9/13/2012

    " 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 Gail | 9/3/2012

    " Not one of my favorite Dickens novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 4/12/2012

    " I know this is a classic book but honestly I couldn't get into it and it kept putting me to sleep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justyna Prus | 6/22/2011

    " Kind of meh, I bascially skimmed through the latter half. Out of all Dickens' books I've read so far it's my least favourite. The only interesting characters were Quilp and Swiveller. "

  • 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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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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.