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The Old Curiosity Shop

Auteur(s): Charles Dickens
Narrateur(s): Anton Lesser
Durée: 22 h et 19 min
Catégories: Littérature, Classiques
5 out of 5 stars (4 évaluations)

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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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ro
  • 2009-12-10

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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  • Balarka
  • 2009-11-25

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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  • Katherine
  • 2010-05-07

Dickens and Lesser

Anton Lesser does a fabulous job of reading Dickens. And the book is just as touching and interesting now as it was when crowds gathered to find out if Little Nell had died. Listening to Dickens read by someone who knows all the different dialects contributes immensely to appreciating the worlds D. creates.

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  • Brace Potthoff
  • 2016-03-02

GREAT performance!

If you could sum up The Old Curiosity Shop in three words, what would they be?

Charming, emotional, and polished.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Either Mr. Swiveller because of his humor or Kit Nubbles for his genuine honesty.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Mr. Swiveller falls ill and finds himself waking weeks later in the care of the servant girl, whom he affectionately and ironically named the Marchionesse. His fair treatment of her when she was the lowest of servants was repaid by her taking care of him, perhaps even saving his life.

Any additional comments?

The performance of the narrator, Anton Lesser, is second to none. With a variety of voices easily recognized throughout the story and with such emotion in a believable manner, this has to be one of the best narrators I've ever heard on Audible.

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  • Bergljot
  • 2014-06-12

Good but not the best of Dickens

The story is a bit disjointed and sentimental for my taste but Anton Lesser's performance makes it a classic

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  • I. B. Shopin
  • 2018-08-06

Not my favorite

I found The Old Curiosity Shop to be a bit slow and a bit too melodramatic for my tastes. With that said, I always enjoy Charles Dickens, and consider his books to be time well spent.
The narration was outstanding, and the production excellent.

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  • David Dcosta
  • 2015-11-27

Dickens Still the Best Page Turner!

Sentimental, loquacious, improbable -- but always supremely entertaining. Anton Lesser is the perfect reader and wonderfully expands the text and captures Dickens's theatricality. Get the linked-in text and discover the full pleasure ...

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  • Sibyl
  • 2012-07-05

Wonderful narrator, not my favorite Dickens story

I love Dickens, and I don't regret listening to this book, but The Old Curiosity Shop just isn't one of my favorites. Anton Lesser is a wonderful narrator, however, who made this an enjoyable read nonetheless.

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  • Larry Hill
  • 2011-10-14

Anton Lesser is great.

What a fabulous reading of Dickens this is. Mr. Lesser is a brilliant narrator. His voice characterizations are highly evocative of the hearts, class and breeding of these Victorians. I was completely taken in from the get-go.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2011-04-05

Truly Dickensian but not a Masterpiece!

With this novel, Dickens afionados will be glad to discover yet another one of his works. As may be expected, the plot is at once thin, convoluted, completely implausible and yet quite enjoyable. As usual, the characters are strikingly one-dimensional: for instance, Nell is beautiful and utterly good and Quilp is grotesquely deformed and perfectly evil. The author???s characteristic tongue in cheek humour is pleasantly present throughout the book.

Somehow, things are not quite as polished as in better known works. For instance, narration switches in chapter 3 from the first person to the third, with a rather awkward explanation. A major character abruptly disappears about a third of the way into the novel and the reader is only briefly told what has become of him in the last pages of the book.

Thus, those unfamiliar with Dickens would benefit in reading first one of his more famous novels such as Oliver Twist or Great Expectations.

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