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The Old Curiosity Shop (Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 6 Jan 2003

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Revised edition (6 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563536985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563536987
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lascivious and repellent dwarf Quilp who dogs saintly Little Nell and her feckless grandfather is one of Dickens's most vividly nasty creations. Anton Lesser is wonderful in all the intricacies of this powerful fable a sound investment for winter evenings. --Rachel Redford, The Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Old Curiosity Shop is a story of the road, a genre at which Dickens excelled. Little Nell and her grandfather, pursued relentlessly through England by the evil and loathsome dwarf Quilp, meet a fascinating variety of vividly portrayed characters, including Mrs. Jarley, and Codlin and Short, the Punch and Judy men. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I had bought this book in a multi-buy deal with other classics, and somehow it managed to sit on my bookshelf for almost a year before I got round to reading it - by the time I had finished it, I was kicking myself that it been wasting away for so long!
There are so many things going on it, and although some things are just *too* coincidental, it never fails to grab you into the story. Couple this with the fact that Dickens can draw a wonderful picture of London of his time, and you feel part of the whole thing.
The characters are wonderful as well - my favourites being Quilp, the evil dwarf, and Richard Swiveller (his antics 'working' in the office were always highly amusing).
In short, a real rollercoaster of a novel, thoroughly recommended!!
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I continued to wait and got my set of books at the original offer price, but it took a very long time. Duckworth were offering the books much earlier at more than twice the price. I now have the 12 books, so far, published in the series and look forward to the 11 remaining books to be published, whenever - hopefully before I retire. I have given very positive reviews for the series and, to be honest, the collection continues to be of a good standard when you consider the price. However, in this set, I have noticed a slight reduction in the quality of the paper; a bit coarser, less quality feel. It doesn't diminish the quality of the set as a whole, but is a bit of a dissappointment - not enough to not buy them, though. I regard this set as collectable, once published in full.
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Format: Hardcover
Slowly working my way through Mr Dickens' work, I came to 'The Old Curiosity Shop', originally published in serial form. Most people will know the plot and perhaps even the fate of the main character(s) before starting; I won't mention these here (and as ever be cautious about the introduction which may give details away). The serial process of writing shows through, I think, as the action is episodic and not particularly cleverly structured. But, the episodes, especially as Nell and her grandfather travel around the country on foot, are varied, dramatic and enjoyable.

The novel wins the reader over most through its array of characters, both major and lesser, who are never dull and are always brilliantly drawn and entertaining. Many past readers have criticised Little Nell and Kit as being too good to be true (and irritating as a result); I didn't find that to be the case, although in fact I found Quilp, the evil dwarf, to be more tiresome in his relentless nastiness. The star of this book, I think, is the memorably named Dick Swiveller, a bon vivant who doesn't often pay his bills - he is a highly amusing creation who entertains the reader, is quite central to the plot, and, I would argue, is the only character who really develops throughout the novel.

One last comment on this particular edition of the book. I must admit, I have always been a fan of Everyman classics in hardback. They don't cost all that much more than the standard Penguin classics/OUP paperbacks - and they look and feel like books of such a high quality, made to last. The cloth binding, the integrated ribbon bookmark and the thick paper of the pages are all luxurious.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is my fifth Dickens' novel in a row, and it has, to say the very least, absolutely not diminished my appetite to read all of his novels. As I'm trying to do so as Dickens wrote them I can only compare with The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics), Oliver Twist (Oxford World's Classics), Nicholas Nickleby (Oxford World's Classics) and Barnaby Rudge (Oxford World's Classics). 'The Old Curiosity Shop' is both different from and very alike to those previous four novels.

First of all, I found it eminently 'Dickensian' in several aspects: the captivating characters, Dickens' rarely equalled talent for the spoken word and to give each character its very own voice, the overall sheer exuberance of the language, the sometimes rickety plot, and an amazing story-telling talent that captivates from page one and keeps you reading on well into the night. Concerning those characters, it struck me - more so perhaps than in the other novels I've read - that it's above all 'the villains' that are most powerfully depicted and claim center-stage.
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