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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.
Public Domain ©2009 Naxos Audiobooks; (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks
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By Ro on 12-10-09

Outstanding Narration

After listening to Mr Lesser's narration, I was reminded how enjoyable the book was the first time I read it. Mr Lesser using his acting skills to the fullest, and his understanding of the characters comes through in his narration. It felt as if Quilp was actually narrating the script himself. I listened to the book in only a week, and I couldn't recommend a better book to listen to.
The story itself was pieced together by Dickens and was never meant to become a novel. However, the narration makes it sound as if the continuity flowed---something I could not manage when reading it myself.

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By Balarka on 11-25-09

A wonderful journey through Dicken's England.

This novel lacks some of the drama of stories such as Oliver Twist, but Dickens nevertheless takes the reader on a colourful and often touching journey into the best and worst of human nature. Anton Lesser's somewhat softer voice seems to do more justice to the feminine and younger characters of this story than some of the other narrators I have heard. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, but do caution the listener to be prepared for an unexpected ending.

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By Moominmamma on 08-17-13

Good old Charlie!

Would you listen to The Old Curiosity Shop again? Why?

No. It was beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it should be enjoyed for what it is. Don't delve too deep.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Curiosity Shop?

The opening scene, the walk, the encounter, the intriguing revelations. Gorgeous.

What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Lesser is an extraordinarily talented narrator. He manages to evoke so many larger than life characters who are working within a long and complex plot, he is funny,sad, sympathetic and downright horrible, Brilliant!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot!

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By Laura on 08-02-13

Hooked very early on!

Fantastic book, I was nervous about the style of writing but I understood it all and enjoyed it! Waffles a bit in places but very enjoyable.

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By Anonymous User on 11-28-17

excellent

Anton lesser delivers a fantastic performance once again and Dickens,superb and historical in his tales of everyday life.

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