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In true Dickensian fashion, The Old Curiosity Shop offers a humorous yet devastating depiction of both the most honourable and most corrupt members of 19th-century English society. 

Hailed by Queen Victoria as being ‘interesting and cleverly written', The Old Curiosity Shop introduces listeners to the uniquely colourful characters of Nell Trent, her young friend, Kit, her doting grandfather and the evil moneylender to whom they all fall prey, Daniel Quilp. 

A gentle and caring young orphan, Nell works in her grandfather’s shop alongside her only friend, the honest and hardworking Kit. 

Upon discovering that their shop and income have been gambled away and are now in the hands of the wicked and grotesquely deformed Daniel Quilp, Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee from their hometown and throw themselves on the mercy of strangers; forever to be hunted by the malevolent ghosts of their past.

First published in 1841 in serial form, The Old Curiosity Shop experienced worldwide success and was praised by the public and critics alike. In this modern and original adaptation, Jessie Buckley delivers an astute and powerful performance which is guaranteed to intrigue listeners from the start.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Classic

It takes a bit of time to get used to the writing style but well worth it. The plot is simple but the magic lies in the character development and descriptive passages. The narration added to the magic.

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A moving narration of Dickens

Jessie Buckley brought all the characters and scenes alive. This was my time time to "read" The Curiosity Shop and I highly recommend it, as again Dickens brings the good and bad sides of humanity into one novel.

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Not my cuppa, thought I could conquer it...but no

started over 3 times and went back over more than that to try and grasp the story, but it just went around and around till I felt like it was more Alice in wonderland than dickens. Way too many words to tell a story that shouldnt need them. Could not finish.

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  • PoppyZu
  • 2019-03-22

Great narration

Jessie Buckley’s narration was excellent. This is my 4th Dickens I’ve listened to on audible & I wish she would have narrated all of them. Each voice was unique making it easy to picture each character. Worth listening just to hear Quilp’s evil laugh!! So entertaining.

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  • PS123
  • 2021-03-28

Fantastic performance

Jessie Buckley is an amazing narrator. She told the story so well, with such nuance and charm, that I sometimes forgot that I was listening to someone read a book. At times, I felt like I was actually right there, observing the story as it unfolded.

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  • 2021-02-17

Narrator was amazing

This recording of The Old Curiosity is one of the best Audible books I’ve heard. The narrator was masterful, and the story very engaging. Dickens was a true virtuoso at setting a scene, sketching characters, and building suspense.

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  • OliviaL
  • 2022-04-30

Amazing

I love Charles Dickens. I find some more characters to fall in love with and some hilarious passages or dialogues that will forever be imprinted on my mind lol. I love good humor. And the performance, was amazing.

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  • Logophile
  • 2022-04-28

The Old Curiosity Shop - very Dickensian!

The Old Curiostity Shop was Dickens as if he were paid by the word. Don't get me wrong; I'm a diehard Dickens fan, but this one took me 25 chapters to wrap my head around the myriad characters, plots, sub-plots, peripheral backstories, plot-twists, and surnames. It was Dickens meets Dostoyevsky meets Chesterton (both of whom I also enjoy.) This was a test of endurance, hope, and faith in the author; it required a confidence that perseverance is its own reward, but that in the end, this would be worth it. It was.

About chapter 25, (!) I began to catch on, care, and enjoy the story. In the last two chapters I cried.

I have struggled with the star rating - between 3 & 4. It started as a 2, slowly escalating to a five. I've decided to give it a qualified four, because I'm very glad I read it. I saw people I know in the characters! Scary! And saw what I would like to be in a few.

To audio listeners: Jessie Buckley did an amazing job as narrator, coming up with nearly as many voices as there were characters, while maintaining clear enunciation and cadence. She discretely enhanced the story without calling attention away from it.

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  • LitM7
  • 2022-04-20

Can’t continue with these character voices

I love dickens. Most of thThe narration is fine, but most of the male characters have the snow easily snorting voice that I could just cannot handle it a quarter of the way through.

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  • Sunshine
  • 2022-04-15

Amazing Narrator

The narrator voice really made the listening so much more enjoyable
I wish all his books was narrated by her.
The story was really sad but also such a cruel reality

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-29

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A classic Dickens story. Takes awhile to get into but so worth it. The narrator was excellent and never made it boring.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 2022-03-18

Powerful tale of love and reality

Without a doubt, Charles Dickens is an amazing author. His stories have so many words in them, partly because he got paid per word, but also because he is so very descriptive. When you hear him tell a story you have heard a story that is worth hearing, reading, taking into your very being.

The beauty of this story is that it has not only heroes but also a villain who is one of those villains that it is hard to feel sorry for and thus not feeling sorry for them seems OK. The beauty of young Nell and the story of her with her grandfather is one of magic in love and sorrow and redemption.

The reader of this book is fantastic. She reads and makes you come to the story at various levels. She has a way of voicing the characters magnificently and yet not taking away from the story itself. Kudos to her.

This book is so worth listening to or reading if that is your preference that I encourage you to do so. I certainly was not disappointed.

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  • John D Brower
  • 2022-03-10

Dickenson does not disappoint again.

I was enthralled by this story from start to finish. Very well narrated! I would probably like to read the actual book myself.