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Publisher's Summary

Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop performed by his Great Great Grandson Gerald Dickens. A tale about Little Nell, a young girl who lives in the Old Curosity Shop, London with her grandfather. Through not wanting her to die in poverty as her parents did. Nell's grandfather gambles what little money they have left and the tale takes on an even darker turn.
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By Daniel Lowenstein on 03-25-17

Great book, bad reading

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is one of Dickens' earlier novels and does not have the structure of the mature ones (starting with "Dombey and Son"). The illness and suffering of Little Nell thrilled Dickens' contemporaries but is likely to seem quite tedious to our contemporaries. At least, that is how I find it. Nevertheless, like all of Dickens' novels, there are wonderful characters, incidents, and narration. This should not be one of the first Dickens novels you read, but by almost any other fiction writer, it would be a masterpiece.

What other book might you compare The Old Curiosity Shop to and why?

Not as good as Dickens' later novels (starting with "Dombey and Son"), but like the other earlier ones, very much worth reading.

Would you be willing to try another one of Gerald Dickens’s performances?

No.

Did The Old Curiosity Shop inspire you to do anything?

Remind myself how good Dickens is.

Any additional comments?

I find Gerald Dickens' performance quite annoying. Since there are alternatives, in the middle of Chapter 4 I decided to try one of them, the one by Gerald Hagan. But I wish the old one by David Case/Frederick Davidson would be restored to the catalogue. He is unsurpassable.

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By Lisa on 07-07-15

Great book

Lovely story although very sad too, well read by Gerald Dickens enjoyed listening as always

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