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Starred Review. The inimitable Martin Jarvis brings his talents to bear on Charles Dickens's classic in an audiobook that will delight listeners with its superb recreations of gritty 19th-century London. To escape Mr. Bumble and life in the workhouse, Oliver flees to London where he meets the Artful Dodger and becomes embroiled with Fagin's ragtag band of thieves. Jarvis simply dazzles: his performance captures both the humor and sorrow of the text, his narration is crisp, and his characterizations--his rendition of the terrifying district magistrate, Mr. Fang, is particularly memorable--are as varied as they are energetic, befitting, and enjoyable.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Grade 4-8-Presented by the St. Charles Players, this is an example of radio theatre at its finest. The narration moves the abbreviated story along at a brisk, easy-to-follow pace, while the highly polished troupe of actors offers a colorful array of voices and British dialectsAfrom Cockney low-lives to privileged members of the aristocracy. Sound effects and music add spark to the production. Although this version is only about one-third the length of the original, both the story line and the picture of British social conditions and injustices during Dickens's time come through vividly as young Oliver makes his way from the desolation of a workhouse for orphans to Fagin's den of thieves in London and, finally, to the comfort and security of life with an honorable gentleman. As such, it is bound to whet the appetites of upper elementary and middle school youngsters who will be intrigued into reading the original. It also offers, through drama, an enjoyable way of understanding history and should stimulate lively discussions on the relationship between dire poverty and a life of crime.
Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Could not put it down. I regret not reading more Dickens and have put him in heavy rotation since.Published 4 days ago by Mark W Matthews PhD
A classic, seen the movie,the musical, but Chsrles Dicken's descriptions are unmatched, not a pretty time for poor people.Published 11 days ago by Betty Langston
We've added many of the classical books to our homeschool library and although the kids haven't read through them all yet I can say they are excited about every title and colorful... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Victoria Acevedo
Poor kid...people can be awful. People seem to want to control people all thoughout time and boy is it disgusting.Published 24 days ago by Jimmy
This is a classic Dickens' novel. There is always great descriptions of person and places. This has some surprises at the endPublished 1 month ago by MurftheSurf
Summer reading book for my daughter who was entering 3rd grade. Easy read.Published 1 month ago by Taneesha