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Publisher's Summary

A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.
(P) 2014 Audible, Inc.

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Grim and wonderful.

As well read as I can possibly imagine, and loaded with charm, horror, humanity, misery... A phenomenal portrait of a profoundly affecting era.

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  • Philippe0742
  • 2007-11-22

Magnifique lively narrator

What an amazing narrator, what an actor, what a delightful pleasure it was to listen to these many voices, to these many characters performed by one mighty talented man.
I had so much fun listening to it, listening to him that I must say BRAVO !!!

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  • Michael
  • 2008-09-06

Awesome narration

The narration on this was fantastic. Listening to Fagan makes your skin crawl - it's that good. I had to get the unabridged version. I can't imagine Dickens with the wonderful commentary cut out. I highly recommend this book and am going to check out what other's have the same narrator.

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  • Deborah
  • 2012-08-31

Antisemitism loud and clear

It was very hard for me to rate this book. The story was very interesting and well written. However, every-time the narrator called Fagen "The Jew", it twisted my stomach. There is an underlying tone in this book from the beginning to the very end, that says, Jews equal the devil and Christians are the good people. It was quite disturbing.

If it weren't for that I would have given this book 5 stars. Because of that I want to give this book 1 star.

Great narrator.

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  • philippe
  • 2011-03-17

an enchantment

this vivid narration brings you into the heart of the story. the characters nice or bad come to live within your imagination. total immersion.

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  • Eileen
  • 2019-04-30

Its Just Me

This was my first attempt at getting through Oliver Twist, I am mot sure why I didn't think ot woyld be as heavy anf wordy as it is. Its a good, deep, interesting book. A Lot of brain and emotional and moral food. I simply had a difficult time getting through some parts bwcause it seems like they rambled ceaselessly.

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  • Quelin
  • 2017-02-02

Captivating storytelling

Having known only the musical version of this story, I was delighted to really experience the the rich writing of the novel. This particular narrator was fabulous- really colorful voice infused with humor and weight, and gave life to all the characters expertly. What a treat!

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  • C. Dean
  • 2015-02-24

Brilliant Performance

Oliver Twist is a well told story, and in this case it was narrated fantastically. I don't usually like when the narrator tries to do "voices", but in this case he was great.

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  • Annie Smart
  • 2016-12-24

A great version of this classic

Martin Jarvis could not be bettered I think. What a wonderful array of characters he conjures. Bravo!

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  • Mark W Matthews PhD
  • 2016-01-28

Dickens Never Disappoints

wonderful tale
rich tapestry of interwoven plotlines
memorable characters (even if they are a bit stereotypical)
excellent narration; makes listening an engaging experience.

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  • parents of many
  • 2015-11-02

Absolutely wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Oliver Twist the most enjoyable?

I have never read or seen the entire story, so this was a delight. Martin Jarvis brought the characters to life and was consistent throughout the whole story. I wouldn't even think of giving this anything less than 4 stars.

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  • Romain
  • 2018-07-07

English classic

It's a very known English classic that could be seen as precursor to Les Misérables but which fails to really understand the roots of poverty in England and most of all is an awful antisemitic text. Listen to it to make your own judgement!

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  • Waybee
  • 2021-02-23

A masterpiece

Charles Dickens at his very best. A great story told in a very humorous way, delightfully ironic. A wonderful novel served by the outstanding performance of the narrator, Martin Jarvis.