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Oliver Twist
Dickens, Charles
Adult Fiction DICKENS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This is one of Dickens's earliest and most famous novels, and there is no question of its importance to any literature collection. The adventures of orphan Oliver amidst a gang of pickpockets, and the indelible picture painted of the seamier side of London life, are an inextricable part of how we view Victorian England. But given the highly charged nature of Dickens's prose, and the huge cast of extraordinary characters who populate his world, the ability of a narrator to render this energetic novel with all the imagination and skill that it deserves becomes crucial in the decision of whether to purchase the program. Martin Jarvis, an accomplished British actor who is best known for his pivotal role in The Forsyte Saga, has devoted much of his time to audio recording, for which he has won a British Talkies Award. As this superb program demonstrates, Jarvis's high standing is well earned. Dickens himself, who performed his own work as often and as well as any writer of his day, would undoubtedly have applauded and so will any listener. Highly recommended.Peter Josyph, New York(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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