Oliver Twist

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Oliver Twist, Dickens’ second novel, has enthralled generations of readers since its publication in 1838. Orphaned and desolate, Oliver’s journey to London and subsequent induction into its dingy underworld, is here narrated with ceaseless energy by Jonathan Keeble. His depictions of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sikes are particularly mesmerizing, and his reading is infused with a delicious knack for storytelling.
This unabridged version has been long anticipated, and is a stand-out Naxos AudioBooks recording.

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Classic Dickens. Superb narration.

Oliver Twist is quintessential Dickens: melodramatic; some memorable characters and scenes; some utterly brilliant prose passages; some utterly cloying sentimentality. Great sympathy for the oppressed. It's a great novel (though not as great as his later masterpieces). The portrait of Fagin is brilliantly done but somewhat spoiled by a strong whiff of anti-semitism. (Dickens responded to this criticism by creating a thoroughly admirable Jewish character in Our Mutual Friend, one of his last novels.) Some of the coincidences the plot relies on are pretty implausible, but that's just the genre. Jonathan Keeble, the narrator is simply perfect, both with narrating and with the various voices and accents. I simply cannot imagine how the novel could be read aloud any better.
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- Emrys

Distracting Unmatched Voices

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The archaic language of Dickens demands to be read with a stiff accent and strong diction. Mr Keeble performs these two characteristics admirably. However, the character voices leave something to be desired. They shift and change throughout the book and even within the course of a single conversation. The lack of continuity can at times be distracting and leave the listener wondering who's talking. In spite of this, still an overall strong performance for Dickens fans and better than many of the other options on Audible.

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- Benjamin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks