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Publisher's Summary

Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken's timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings.
The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives.
Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.
Public Domain (P)2007 Penguin Books Limited
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By David A. Jones on 06-19-14

Classic Charles Dickens

Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

I believe that the audio versions of Charles Dickens work to be much easier to follow than the written version simply because the diction and verbal tenses are easier to follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?

The inevitable arrest of the jew.

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Alex Jennings does very well with these types of classic novels

Any additional comments?

Oliver Twist is a very good book but (in my opinion) does not compare to David Copperfield!

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By VersaillesThree on 09-14-15

Superbly read

What about Alex Jennings’s performance did you like?

I couldn't fault either the drama of his performance or his accents and characters, which were outstanding!

Any additional comments?

It's a very well known film, but the book takes you to quite a few extra places and happenings. Being a Charles Dickens, you do need to be in the right mood or frame of mind to properly appreciate it as it's pretty tough going of course.

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