• The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-17-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (80 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Covell's deep, craggy voice and dignified tone combine to create the impression that Charles Dickens himself is performing this soap operatic tale of woe, which follows young orphan Nell Trent and her doting but destitute grandfather through the twists and turns of a life best described as a bad hand.
The Old Curiosity Shop, which first enchanted audiences during its serial publication in 1840, remains an enduring testament to Dickens' skill at recording sprawling and thoroughly gripping tales of tragedy; and to hear it performed aloud is to feel almost transported back to the dark and dangerous streets of mid-19th-century London.
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Publisher's Summary

Like Charles Dickens' other early novels, The Old Curiosity Shop was a huge success, even eclipsing The Pickwick Papers. The melodramatic saga of the flight of Little Nell and her grandfather captured the public's attention, so much so that people would wait in long lines for the release of the next installment of the saga. For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. "The desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now ... and I know (for I don't think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish," he would write, five years later.
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Critic Reviews

"The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters." (The Internet Book List)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandinic on 12-12-08


The Old Curiosity Shop is essentially a soap opera and so much better than the TV soap operas today as it is filled with memorable characters and events. It was written in installments in England and crowds used to gather at the harbor when the next installment was sent to America. I can see why. I found myself looking for excuses to take a long drive or a long walk so I could listen to what happened next. Some people did not like the narrator but I thought he was great and perfectly fit the book. It was a wonderful listening experience.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Empowerment on 01-14-09

Wonderful experience

Dickens has the ability to draw you into his fictional world like few others. This was a wonderful book with unforgettable characters. I hated to have it end. Narrator Covell did his usual fine job.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 09-10-08

Nell's dead

Mr Covell's American accent and uncertain characterisation make this a less than delightful listen. The sound quality is no great shakes either. The novel, however, is very much as usual

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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