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Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
By: (1812-1870)

Nicholas Nickleby is a young Devonshire man of nineteen, handsome and hot headed, devoted to his sister Kate and his parents. Following the death of Nicholas’s father, they find themselves penniless, and travel to London to seek help from his uncle, Ralph Nickleby, a heartless, cunning rogue. He grudgingly finds employment for Nicholas in Dotheby Hall, a school in Yorkshire run by the brutal Mr. and Mrs. Wackford Squeers. Appalled at the condition and treatment of the school children, Nicholas rebels, escaping with Smike, a young man/child who has become devoted to him.

Meanwhile back in London, Ralph Nickleby uses his beautiful niece Kate to adorn dinner parties for his disreputable male clientele. He also acquires for her a position as a dressmaker, where she finds herself working under a despotic supervisor.

Nicholas, in search of employment, first tutors children of the Kenwigs family. Later he meets the flamboyant Mr. Vincent Crummles, and along with Smike, joins his theatrical troupe, with a band of hilarious actors. Among his many tasks, he creates posters, adapts scripts and acts in many productions.

Learning of Kate being in peril, he and Smike leave the troupe to come to her aid. Nicholas then meets with the wonderful Cheeryble brothers who help him start a new life with his family and Smike -- but Smike is captured by Wackford Squeers and returned to Dotheby Hall in Yorkshire. Nicholas goes to the school to rescue Smike, and faces off Mr.Squeers, in an unforgettable scene.

In the course of his many adventures, Nicholas falls in love, his sister Kate falls in love, and even the often dotty Mrs. Nickleby is courted by a strange man who flings vegetables to her as tokens of love.

Written when Dickens was himself a young man, Nicholas Nickleby is full of twists and turns, and adventures both merry and tragic, with, as always, many unforgettable characters.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 7 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 11, 2016
Subject: Science
Good story.I love it.Thank you
Reviewer: - April 21, 2016
Subject: Outstanding reader!
Even though I've always been a fan of Nicholas Nickleby/Dickens, Mil Nicholson took my fandom to another level. She deserves a standing ovation. How she came up with all those voices for all characters astonishes me.
Reviewer: - August 15, 2015
Subject: Mil Nicholson provides another captivating rendition
Mil Nicholson has given yet another enthralling reading of a Charles Dickens' book. She has developed voices for each of the characters that are distinct, consistent and thoroughly within keeping of the characters' temperament. I find myself compelled by the story, as Ms. Nicholson adds such quality to the story. While I often find myself distracted from a book by other readers (particularly when there are multiple readers for a single book), Ms. Nicholson's characters ARE the story. I cannot recommend her works highly enough. To Ms. Nicholson I would like to express my gratitude for the gifts you have given to the community at large for your work. Please continue!
Reviewer: - August 18, 2013
Subject: Nicholas Nickelby
Brilliant! Thanks to Ms Nicholson's recording of this audio. I'm learning her accent.
Reviewer: - July 14, 2013
Ms Nicholson's reading of Dickens could not be improved upon. Dickens is as ever hugely entertaining.
Reviewer: - June 6, 2013
Subject: Pretty good
I love Dickens' books, but find some places just too slow and too long to bear. Wonderful reading though.
Reviewer: - March 21, 2013
Subject: Wonderful!
Splendid reading by Wil Nicholson. He gives each character his/her own personality. His voice is easy on the ear and keeps you listening with interest.

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