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Oliver Twist

By: Charles Dickens,Marty Ross - adaptation,Sam Mendes
Narrated by: Brian Cox,Daniel Kaluuya,Nicola Coughlan,Adeel Akhtar,Lucian Msamati,Paapa Essiedu,Kit Connor,Diane Morgan,Julia Davis,Nick Mohammed,Patricia Allison,Emilio Villa Muhammad,Elijah Wolf
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Enter Oliver's world

Oliver starts life with the Sowerberry’s
Bill Sikes and Nancy stake out Mr. Brownlow’s house
While Oliver sleeps, Fagin admires his secret treasures
Dodger and Charley escape after pickpocketing Mr. Brownlow
  • Sam Mendes presents Oliver Twist
  • Oliver starts life with the Sowerberry’s
  • Bill Sikes and Nancy stake out Mr. Brownlow’s house
  • While Oliver sleeps, Fagin admires his secret treasures
  • Dodger and Charley escape after pickpocketing Mr. Brownlow

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Oliver Twist

Gentle and kind, but with a strong survival instinct and a fierce ability to fight his corner. Orphaned at birth and evicted from the workhouse, Oliver bravely heads to London alone, seeking his fortune.

Fagin

A complex man shaped by a long life of poverty and desperation, Fagin leads a gang of young thieves. He teaches Oliver the art of pickpocketing and provides tenderness he has never known, but Fagin can turn in an instant.

Bill Sikes

A man who communicates through violence and inspires fear in everyone he meets, Sikes is a brutal robber shadowed by a vicious dog called Bullseye.

Nancy

Nancy’s hard life has made her tough and street-smart, she won’t let anyone mess her around and isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. She has an instinctive sympathy for Oliver, and a dangerous love for Bill Sikes.

Jack Hawkins

Fagin’s muse, the Artful Dodger, is a tough kid, making his way through a tough life. He’s a skilled thief and a real charmer who takes Oliver under his wing.

Rose Maylie

A young woman of moral force and passion, who shares more in common with Oliver than might first meet the eye.

Mr Bumble

Cruel and pompous, Mr Bumble runs the workhouse where Oliver spends his first years.

Mrs Mann

A sidekick to Mr Bumble at the workhouse, and equally cruel, Mrs Mann is not best pleased when Oliver asks for more of her gruel.

Mr Brownlow

A kind and wealthy, middle-aged bachelor whose past experiences have made him retreat for much of his life, he becomes Oliver’s friend and mentor.

Mr & Mrs Sowerberry

An undertaker and his wife, the Sowerberrys take Oliver in when he first leaves the workhouse. His wicked sense of humour and her dissatisfaction with her own life result in a tough time for Oliver.

Noah Claypole

Servant to Mr and Mrs Sowerberry, Noah takes himself very seriously. He teases Oliver about his late mother, but unexpectedly faces Oliver’s wrath.

Toby Crackit

A close colleague of Bill Sikes, but very different from Sikes in his manner, Toby Crackit treats thievery as a game, a sport, rather than a matter of life and death.

Summary

The classic tale in 3D, like you’ve never heard it before.

An Audible Original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, executive produced by Academy-Award winning director Sam Mendes, with an original score by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells (Everyone’s Taking About Jamie), and with an all-star cast including Brian Cox (Succession) as Fagin, Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) as Bill Sikes, Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton) as Nancy, Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) as Mr Bumble, Lucian Msamati (Gangs of London) as Mr Brownlow, Paapa Essiedu (The Lazarus Project) as Toby Crackit, Kit Connor (Heartstopper) as Noah Claypole, Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk) as Mrs Mann, Julia Davis (Nighty Night) as Mrs Sowerberry, Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso) as Mr Sowerberry and Patricia Allison (Sex Education) as Rose Maylie. And introducing Emilio Villa Muhammad as Oliver Twist and Elijah Wolf as the Artful Dodger.

Orphaned at birth, Oliver Twist is born into the grimmest of 19th century English workhouses with a life of grinding poverty ahead of him. But the boy is a fighter and after being evicted from the workhouse for asking for 'more' and surviving a stint as an undertaker’s assistant, he walks many miles to London and finds a whole new life with a gang of young pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and their guardian Fagin.

Oliver’s adventures are only beginning as he finds his way into the home of wealthy Mr. Brownlow. Even there he is not safe, for Fagin and his even more dangerous colleague, the thief Bill Sikes, seek to snatch him back and lead him deeper into a life of crime. Only Nancy, Bill Sikes’ girlfriend, can ensure Oliver’s future safety, even if that puts her own life at risk. Full of twists and turns, the story moves towards a dramatic climax when murder prompts a manhunt and a final confrontation with the forces threatening Oliver’s future.

Sit back and listen as this 19th century classic is brought to the most vivid, cinematic life in an epic, immersive audio drama.

Also starring: Josephine Arden, Rachel Atkins, Annette Badland, Saffron Coomber, Jason Forbes, Pete Gold, Gerard McDermott, Lizzie Waterworth, David Holt, Harry Myers, Alistair Nwachukwu, Amaka Okafor, Stellan Powell, Richard Reed, Garry Robson, Lizzie Stables, Sam Stafford, Mark Straker, Harry Tuffin, Ben Whitehead, Elijah Wolf, Sarah Whitehouse.

Parental guidance is advised for younger listeners.

Now available in Dolby Atmos on Audible.

Public Domain (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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Now its 78 times

I haven't broken a single rule throughout this whole year, all i've done is warn people off from this horrendously bad original.

Don't listen to it, this is a HORRIBLE piece of work with bad acting, directing and editing on all fronts. I'm going to hit 100 reposts for this review before 1 year is up.

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No, absolutely not cool

This book has a lot of soul, character and history, to be stepped off like that to its bare dialog (the actors have done a wonderful job of it, but still) .. It's like reading movie subtitles without watching the movie itself. This is just wrong. Anyone who haven't read the actual book, you can find an excellent audio edition here on Audible, don't waist your time with this.. "theater".

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Incredible

This is the most immersive and engaging version ever crafted. It is superbly acted throughout and with its 3D audio production brings Victorian England stunningly to life, an astounding audio feast for the ears, especially when listened to on headphones.

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Gripping! Brilliant!

Brilliant casting has resulted in characterisations that are wonderful and contribute to the creation of a plausible story.

The background sounds and music are entirely appropriate to the story.

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Some recording issues

The actor playing Oliver sounds as though he is auditioning. His reactions are awful and indicate that he has not been recorded in the same place as the other actors. Lockdown remote voice work ?
In the endless pursuit of inclusion and diversity Mendes has weakened the most crucial aspect of the story.

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Fantastic

Really enjoyed this adaptation, keeping my fingers crossed I can find more like this on Audible

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Brilliant listen!

So glad I saw this, enjoyed every minute of it, thank you so much.

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Loved it!

Thank you for such a superb production of this well loved story ❤️ well done everyone

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Enjoyable

Very good made a difference having several characters talking and background noises as well it was so realistic.

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Excellent production

An excellent production of this timeless classic. Brilliant performance from the whole cast. Well worth spending a few hours in great company

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