Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale.
Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.
It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.
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I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times.
I love the contrast between Dickens descriptions of his "evil" characters; Bill Sykes, Fagin, and his "good" characters; Oliver, Nancy.My favorite scenes are the comedic ones between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble.
Gerald Dickens is a brilliant narrator who accurately imitates every regional accent necessary to this cast of characters; a skill I greatly admire.
When I purchased this version of Oliver Twist, I had to chose between a couple of very fine narrators and was pleasantly surprised that Gerald Dickens was not just trying to "cash in" on being the great grandchild of Charles Dickens, but is highly skilled and talented in his own right.
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Hands Down, THIS Is The Version To Listen To
The story is wonderful to start with, but Gerald Dickens' narration puts it over the top!
All the truths coming out at the end.
This was my first, and I will most definitely seek out more of his work!
All of the characters are so well-drawn, but for me... probably Nancy. She risks everything to do the right thing.
Just one... if you are reading this review to see what others think of this particular version of Oliver Twist -- trust me... THIS is the one to get. You will not be sorry!