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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
By: (1812-1870)

Set in the first half of the 19th century, the classic novel presents the story of young orphan Oliver Twist, who endures tumultuous events in a society burdened by poverty, crime and malice. After being poorly treated in a workhouse, Oliver escapes to London where instead of finding a better life he ends up tangled in a web of criminal activities.

The novel opens with the introduction of Oliver, a waif who has spent his short life living in miserable conditions in a workhouse. Along with other fellow orphans, he is regularly beaten and underfed. One day the young, hungry orphans decide to draw sticks in order to determine who will ask for another portion of gruel. The unlucky representative of the starving children is Oliver, who goes up to the stern Mr. Bumble and makes his famous plea “Please sir, I want some more”. Unimpressed by such a request, the authoritarian administrators of the workhouse offer five pounds to anyone willing to take the boy as an apprentice. Subsequently, Oliver is apprenticed to local undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry.

Things do not get any easier, as Oliver is bullied by fellow apprentice Noah Claypole who also causes him to be unfairly flogged by their superiors. Consequently, Oliver decides to run away and is quickly on his way to London where he meets a boy his own age by the name of Jack Dawkins. Unaware that his new found companion is a pickpocket, Oliver naively follows Jack to the house of his benefactor Fagin where he is offered shelter. He is also oblivious to the fact that Fagin is in reality a criminal who trains young boys in the art of pick pocketing. Oliver is swept up in the corrupt game mastered by Fagin, and once again must escape the grasps of captivity in order to find happiness.

Apart from creating a brilliant piece of literature, Dickens has also documented a significant time in social history. Exploring troubling issues of the time including child labor, treatment of orphans, and child recruitment into the criminal world, Oliver Twist is one of the earliest examples of a novel exploring social criticism.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 40 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 4, 2021
Subject: Absolutely wonderful
Do not listen to the reviewer "April," as you can listen to the first chapter and instantly note the narrator is superb. An amazing story and how the narrator keeps the voices straight and without pause is simply nothing less than amazing.
Reviewer: - December 9, 2019
Subject: Oliver Twist
The voices of the narrator were mostly awful, especially the women's voices... and he reads too slow so it takes far longer than it should to finish the book.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2019
Subject: Oliver Twist
Good story and good narrating. Read story before was a real treat having it read to me. Loved the different voices.
Reviewer: - November 14, 2018
Subject: twist
I love this book it is a grate example of riveting literature
Reviewer: - November 9, 2018
Subject: oliver twist
grate narrater but the book was kind of dull
Reviewer: - November 8, 2018
Subject: books
this book is bloody brilliant! it being free just makes it better.
Reviewer: - November 8, 2018
classic i really like how this book is written its even better than the play
Reviewer: - October 24, 2018
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Reviewer: - June 29, 2018
Subject: Olivier Twist
Absolutely outstanding story! Superbly read! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this classic literary work.
Reviewer: - February 3, 2018
Subject: Great Reader
Great narrator! Thank you for doing loyal books!
Reviewer: - February 2, 2018
Subject: Oliver Twist
This book is even better on audio because of the voice you chose.
Reviewer: - February 2, 2018
Subject: Oliver Twist
This book is even better on audio because of the voice you chose.
Reviewer: - January 1, 2018
Subject: How long is the book
The book is very long and very boring☹️
Reviewer: - December 15, 2017
The narration is very good from the beginning to the end. Different and suitable voices for different characters make it easy to comprehend the story. As for the book it written by Dickens what more can I say :-)
Reviewer: - July 30, 2016
What a treat! Mr. Hines did a superb job narrating with characterization.
Reviewer: - May 1, 2016
Subject: 올리버 트위스트
굉장한 책이었어요!딕킨의 이야기는 항상 재밌네요
Reviewer: - April 29, 2016
Subject: 올리버 트위스트
정말 놀라운 책이네요!한국어 버전으로 읽을 수 있는지 확인 해봐야 되겠어요
Reviewer: - December 30, 2015
Subject: drama
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Reviewer: - November 17, 2015
Subject: great reader
Excellent book, and excellent reader! I don't know how he kept all the voices straight.
Reviewer: - October 23, 2015
His voice was great! The creative personalities of Dickens came to life through the reader.
Reviewer: - August 12, 2015
Subject: 雾都孤儿
Reviewer: - August 2, 2015
I really like Dickens' work. The narrater however, I think that I may listen with some eager anticipation as he would read a dictionary. Thank you all for making these works available to us all.
Reviewer: - August 1, 2015
Subject: Oliver Twist
I loved the story, but the reader was absolutely fantastic!!! I could listen to him read all day. I would listen to a book just to here him tell the tale. Thank You!
Reviewer: - March 25, 2015
Subject: loved it!
What a ride! Great reader, amazing story!
Reviewer: - February 17, 2015
Subject: Loyal books
I love talking books! This site is amazing!!!! makes books even better!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: - December 12, 2014
Subject: Review
WOW! What an EXCELLENT job Tige did on narrating this book. I could not stop listening. Applause and standing ovation on narrating this classic book.
Reviewer: - October 15, 2014
Subject: Oliver Twist
I love how he reads! He brings the book to life! I especially love his accents for each character.
Reviewer: - September 25, 2014
Subject: Oliver twist review
T. Hines is an amazing talent. His voice characterzations are more that of an actor than a reader. I loved every word!
Reviewer: - September 15, 2014
I loved this book, very well read.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2014
Subject: Oliver twist
I like the readers voice, he had more of an Irish accent but that was ok.
Reviewer: - June 8, 2014
Subject: oliver twist
Charles dickens was the finest novelist and his novel Oliver twist is one of my favorite novels.
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Forein Literature
OMG! This is like, my favorite book from the U.K. Charles Dickens was a top notch author.
Reviewer: - October 16, 2013
Subject: books
Oliver Twist is a bloody brilliant book!
Reviewer: - October 9, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Bloody brilliant! Couldnt be better!
Reviewer: - October 7, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Great narrator!
Reviewer: - August 14, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
The reader is superb. Brings the book to life.
Reviewer: - June 22, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Brilliant narrator!
Reviewer: - March 12, 2013
Subject: twist
Very good reader and free! Couldn’t ask for anything else.
Reviewer: - February 9, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Excellent audio! Be sure to scroll to see more than the first chapters.
Reviewer: - January 17, 2013
The reader of this book is fantastic, highly recommended!

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