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Oliver Twist

The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
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This Audible Exclusive production revisits one of Dickens' most popular novels: Oliver Twist, narrated by internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce. 

Part of the Dickens Collection, an exclusive series of unmissable performances, Oliver Twist is a gleaming example of the genius and foresight of Charles Dickens.   

When young orphan, Oliver Twist, is sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker, he leaves behind years of miserable servitude and mistreatment at an English workhouse. Hoping to move on to better things, he decides to escape his new, equally dreary surroundings and head to London.  

It is there that the novel unravels as Oliver meets a host of larger-than-life characters, including The Artful Dodger, a high-ranking member of a juvenile pickpocketing gang, and their elderly leader, Fagin. 

Desperate for affection and the sense of belonging that he has never known, Oliver unwittingly throws himself into a life of petty theft, which soon takes a violent turn with the introduction of one of Dickens' most terrifying characters, Bill Sikes. 

Exposing the cruel and inhumane treatment of orphans in 19th-century England, Dickens created one of the most significant social novels of all time. With it, he condemned the establishment for neglecting homeless children and leaving them vulnerable to recruiters who would exploit and abuse them. Oliver Twist cemented Dickens’ reputation as one of the most talented, influential and revolutionary of English authors.    

Following his father’s incarceration, Charles Dickens had to abandon his studies at a young age and set to work in a factory so as to support himself. Despite his short-lived education, Dickens went on to write 15 novels, various articles, novellas and short stories. He lectured and led campaigns for children's rights and education and arguably became the ultimate self-made man.

Jonathan Pryce is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. He is best known for Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series as well as his widely recognised performances as High Sparrow in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Cardinal Wolsey in BBC’s Wolf Hall

Jonathan most recently starred opposite Glenn Close in the critically acclaimed film The Wife, directed by Björn Runge. He can soon be seen as Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and in the upcoming Netflix feature film The Pope, directed by Fernando Meirelles, in which he stars as Pope Francis opposite Anthony Hopkins.

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  • robert
  • 22-09-2020

A classic tale and masterful performance!

Jonathan Pryce's performance is equal to the task of Dickens' colorful characters. I enjoyed every minute.

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  • Alina
  • 21-09-2020

indeed

love it after a well vocal voice rells it to again i see why it is a story of love of hope and forgiveness

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  • Mikey
  • 22-04-2019

Expertly narrated

Many of us are familiar with Oliver Twist, it's arguably one of Dickens' most popular and modernised stories. So what makes this purchase different from the others? Easy: the fantastic narration. I'm growing ever fonder of The Dickens Collection on Audible. From hearing that Matt Lucas was the lead narrator in Great Expectations to Jonathan Pryce taking the lead in Oliver Twist these audiobooks have succeeded (in my eyes) in bringing the works of a master storyteller to life in spectacular fashion. Pryce has lived up to the hype created by his counterparts in this rendition of Oliver Twist and I am thrilled to have in my library, I will probably listen to this more than once. Don't waste a second or a credit, buy this, I promise you won't be disappointed.

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  • Keith Phillips
  • 27-04-2019

A brilliant rendition of an absorbing book.

As with most of Dickens, his novels are full of characters. Jonathan Pryce bring the to life superbly even the most minor ones. I congratulate him.

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  • John ross
  • 21-08-2020

more Dickens genius

who hasn't seen the film or read the book on Oliver Twist but the superb portrayal by Jonathan Pryce brought a new level of enjoyment to me as I walked the streets during lockdown. brilliantly done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2020

If you’ve seen the musical, you know nothing

Bleak, telling, romantic and if it were not for Eliza Davis, outright racist, this is a story worth knowing. A vivid depiction of its era and values, with characters and themes which are both timeless and oft referenced. It meanders in the second half of the second act, perhaps a victim of Dickens’ penchant for serialisation. Did he forget his propagandist? Still all come good in the end. And Fagin, despite the visceral hatred of both audience and author; concludes as perhaps the most interesting and relatable of Dickens’ characters. Jonathan Pryce’s performance is beyond excellent; it perseveres, engaging one as if you were present in the room.

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  • T. Evans
  • 25-06-2019

A truly gripping story

The story is familiar to many through film and TV but it is only when you hear it word for word as written that the power and depth of the tale of Oliver comes to life, the narration brings real life to the characters and this very moving and sometimes tragic story demonstrates the true talent of Charles Dickens as a story teller.

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  • Lesley
  • 19-06-2019

wonderful narrator

We all know the story so well and Jonathan Price,s superb reading brought it to life.Excellent!

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-06-2019

Brilliant

The best narrated thing I’ve listened to on Audible so far. Jonathan Pryce is amazing.

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  • Danthevan12
  • 02-08-2020

Great story, beautifully narrated.

This was my first foray into the world of Dickens and I was greatly intimidated (having heard countless times of how laborious his novels can be); however Johnathan Pryce’s narration brought the characters and story so effortlessly to life that I needn’t have worried.

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  • Alison CW.
  • 29-05-2020

Beautifully performed classic

Good to hear the full story. Characters nicely identified by vocalisation. I really enjoyed this.

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  • Kazasid
  • 01-12-2019

wonderfully painfully entertaining still

we are all familiar with this classic but this strong performance is worth hearing again and again. sadly I only ever see Mark Lester in my minds eye. he was great in the role but I could live without him. yes try it one more time and enjoy -at least the happily ever after, weep through the rest