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Nicholas Nickleby, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. Along the way various older, money-grubbing villains attempt to injure him. Eventually, with the assistance of kind patrons, he and his family achieve economic security and a happy home. Sounds rather trite, doesn't it? Not with characters written by Dickens (Hard Times, Audio Reviews, LJ 5/1/98). Schoolmaster Squeers would make a fine poster boy for child abusers. Ralph Nickleby's initial desire to injure Nicholas gradually develops into a full-blown obsession. Then there are the kind Cheeryble brothers, the gentle, much-abused Smike, and a host of other friends who provide comic relief. Martin Jarvis does an outstanding job of reading this book. His ingenues sound young (a frequent problem area for male readers) while his villains are deliciously evil. The only problems are with the abridgment. In several places, choppy editing has left brief, disconnected scenes and/or character cameos without relevance to the abridged tale. Still, this is a charming presentation and a wonderful bridge to a classic book. Recommended for public and academic libraries.AI. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ., Ames
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"As is typical of Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby contains a myriad of characters, and as is typical of Simon Vance, he skillfully handles each one. . . . Like the novel itself, Vance delivers a performance that is both poignant and humorous." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
This item was bought as a gift which has not yet been presented. However it will be well received as have all the others in the Nonesuch editions. These books are keepers!Published on Sept. 25 2013 by Ruth Gerrard
This is not among Charles Dickens' most famous novels. The usual ingredients are present, however. There is an abundance of characters, all rather one-dimensional, perfectly... Read morePublished on March 10 2011 by Pierre Gauthier
The hero of this book has been described as a 'clean cut' Tom Jones. Nicholas does have quite the peripatic journey and most importantly-the prerequisite Victorian happy ending is... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Ted
Again and again I had the sense of a young writer reveling in his powers -- his creation of a teeming multitude of characters and their antics and adventures, his magical use of... Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Extollager
I read criticisms of this book that it is not one of Dickens' best. For me, it is up there with Great Expectations and David Copperfield as one of his most enjoyable novels (A... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by JR Pinto
I had never read one of Dickens book before Nicholas Nickleby, though I had always wanted to. I particularly enjoyed this book because of Dicken's subtle sense of humor and... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003
Nicholas Nickleby is a story of a young man and his family dealing with the hardships in their life. When Nicholas father died the family was left with little money. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003
this is the sixth dickens' novel i've read and is the funniest yet. it is classic early dickens, a picaresque tale that is really more a string of incidents than an integrated,... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002