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Oliver Twist (Classic Fiction) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Charles Dickens , Anton Lesser
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5 Jun 2002 Classic Fiction
The eighth novel in Naxos AudioBooks' series of the great works of Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist is Dickens' second novel. Coming shortly after 'The Pickwick Papers', it is a thrilling study of childhood innocence thrust into the darkly comic world of Fagin, his apprentice the Artful Dodger and their gang of child thieves. Who will help the orphaned Oliver to escape from their clutches and discover his true history? The original story is even more powerful than the musical that popularised it.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Abridged edition edition (5 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626342595
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626342596
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An unforgettable journey into criminal behaviour that takes me back to my own childhood fantasies" (Malcolm McLaren)

"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive" (William Makepeace Thackeray)

"Dickens is huge - like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer - or any combination of these" (Susannah Clarke)

"The image of little Oliver Twist victimised by poverty, almost seduced by the specious excitement of crime, and then offered the possibility of a lucrative career in authorship is always compelling" (Guardian)

"We leave him most reluctantly, and so will every reader who has any capacity to see and feel whatsoever is most loveable, hateful, or laughable, in the character of the everyday life about him" (Examiner) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dickens' best 24 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
Having read quite a lot of Dickens novels, I came quite late to Oliver Twist. I had read a children's version of it and since I knew the story, I thought I might not find it very interesting. How wrong I was!. The first chapters, although they are a very good critic of the poor workhouse conditions, were a bit dragging. But once Oliver goes to London and meets Fagin's gang, it was a pleasure to read. As in most of Dickens' works, the villains are the ones who make the story interesting. The dingy places that they live, the squalor and filth is so well described as the evil turn of their minds that the "good" people in the story, including Oliver, are quite dull compared to them. It seems Oliver is just an accessory that the plot evolves around but the bad people are the ones that draw us into it. Especially the murder, the haunting conscience and the death at the end are one of the best that I have ever read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist 10 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I am half way through Oliver Twist and at my age 71 have suddenly realised what a great writer Charles Dickens was wonderful book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dickens still wordy 8 July 2013
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At school I found Dickens a bore - too long-winded and analysing his books took all the pleasure away. Now I find I can read them for their storylines but I still find him verbose!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic 29 May 2013
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I guess whilst still a classic rereading it after so many years the language and sintax is much mire elaborate than modern day novels. Still a good story though and very socially illuminating. Everyone should read it at some point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story well told. 18 Feb 2013
By RickP
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A bit heavy to read because of the lost language, but thanks to the Kindle you don't have to keep reffering to the dictionary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Prince and a Pauper 23 Feb 2010
By Noel TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Dickens' famous story of a young orphan's struggle to survive on the streets of London is rightly one of his most remembered.

Two outstanding characters have been contributed to literature - Fagin and Jack Dawkins the Artful Dodger.

Dickens writes Fagin as a puppet master, controlling the orphaned children as pickpockets and the adults like Bill Sikes as thieves. His subterfuge of a penniless pauper with a kindly approach are at odds with the moments he steals gazing at his hidden stash of jewels and his barking moments of brutality. Though his name is Fagin, Dickens refers to him more often than not as "the Jew", a label quite jarring in today's culture. Fagin is sinister though and many see him as a devil like character. His many schemes, plans, and selfishness all contribute to the image.

The Artful Dodger is a whirling dervish of charisma and charm, teaching Oliver the tricks of the trade and leading the cohorts of youngsters as the ultimate example they should all be aspiring to. Dickens chooses to have the Dodger answer for his crimes as he is finally caught and sent to jail. Tantalisingly, Dickens implies that the Dodger will be deported to Australia though we never see Dodger again after he is led away back to jail. Maybe he was thinking of writing a sequel with him as a grown up character?

Oliver is by no means a great character but a likeable one. His tribulations put us on his side early on and his base survival has us enthralled and rooting for him throughout. Bill Sikes isn't also that great a character. A one dimensional thug and bully, his character is indeed menacing and ugly but unfortunately never goes further.

Nancy meanwhile is another triumph of characterisation.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More in the Book 28 July 2010
Format:Paperback
So many people know the story of Oliver Twist from the film or stage adaptions, and these are indeed excellent and worth their popularity. However there is so much more to this story to be found by reading the book.

I first read this book aged 12 and recently re-read it. It is short enough that children and young people certainly can enjoy it despite the slightly dated nature of the text. And indeed it does not feel as dated as it might. This is a timeless work, laced with a lot of humour that certainly surpised and delighted me when I read it as a boy.

On re-reading, all my old favourite passages were there. The place where Oliver is asked to bow to the board, but not seeing a board fortunately bows to the table instead. The hilarious trial of the Artful Dodger or the comic Mr Bumble and especially his famous "the law is a ass" passage were all just as I had remembered them. I was more surpised by the biting irony I found on rereading the book though. I am not sure if I missed this when I was younger or whether I had just forgotten it, but Dickens does this very well.

The only criticism of the story is a well known one. The "Dickensian Coincidences" make the world of Dickesn seem like a very small place! But this book is rightly a classic and I hope it will be enjoyed by people young and old for many years to come.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Orphan Oliver 14 Jan 2005
By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' early novels - he worked on The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby simultaneously - and one of his best loved. It has what you would expect from him: memorable characters, evocative descriptions, melodrama, pathos (more often bathos) and a plot that relies on completely incredible coincidences. These latter are sometimes explained away by the characters themselves as being ordained by Fate, benign or otherwise, and must have been more acceptable to a Victorian readership than to one of the present day, who are likely to groan at each 'who should it be but' revelation.
The crossovers with Pickwick and Nickleby are noticeable. For example, The Artful's court appearance is clearly intended to be as funny as Sam Weller's, although it pales by comparison.
The most famous character is of course Fagin, and Dickens' casual anti-Semitism in his treatment of him is another thing that might discomfit the modern reader. He references him as The Jew, always in a derogatory manner. That this is a reflection of contemporary attitudes can be seen from Scott's Ivanhoe, in which Jewish characters are treated with similar hostility and contempt. But it is not the main characters that are most successful - and especially not the title character himself, who is innocent and bland beyond belief - but the supporting cast; Mr. Bumble and his lady, the servants in the house that gets burgled, the old bachelor who keeps threatening to eat his own head, and many others. They make the book a delight.
As always, Dickens is the master of descriptive narrative and he conjures a grim and compelling view of Victorian London's underside.
If you have not yet read any Dickens, this is not a bad book with which to start, although for younger readers (teens) I would recommend Hard Times as their first. Either book will probably leave you, like Oliver, wanting more.
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