Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Blurb: The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

 

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I only had a vague idea of how this book would go. I had some trouble listening to the audio some times, and I would get confused. I was into the book a first but most of the time I was bored for the most part. However, the ending really caught my interest! I am glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed it overall.

Listened to April 20, 2014 — May 6, 2014

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

christmas-carol

Blurb: “Bah Humbug!” That’s how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas–until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge’s life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.

4 stars

Read Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts: Over the course of my life, I have got the main points of this story but never actually read the book (or watched the movies). Charles Dickens can describe things beautifully. However, I think he got carried away on some scenes that were of little importance. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of read. Each character (including the narrator) had their own distinguishable voice.

Read January 22, 2014 — January 26, 2014