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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

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.

So put your headphones on, 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.

Public Domain (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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55 times

Yes reader, 55 times I've written this review out and 55 times it's been removed for it to be randomly replaced by previous versions with lower helpfuls to try and remove it from the top spot (just as a hint it should have 63 helpfuls) but Amazon can't have that, I mean having you ask for MORE in the way of truth on a project that failed in every way imaginable, that's beyond the pale.

Because nothing works in this, from acting with people who either are just starting out or can't act worth a hill of beans - to editors who don't know how to layer sound properly and have music overlap with voices or voices overlap each other or have some people sitting in wind tunnels and have echoing going on and on all over around the place without an end.

Nothing works, it's a travesty that this has been produced and released via our payments to Amazon, It's even worse that the staff of Amazon seem to think its okay to silence people and remove all negative reviews - seriously, there used to be over 100 negative reviews for this like mine and they've disappeared, I'm the only one who will not let it go because I don't appreciate Dickens being ruined by hacks who don't deserve to be close to such a classic - because then it seems like they're saying we'll take whatever trash they give up regardless of its quality.

But with how Amazon treats its products, can you really say that's not how they're acting?
And yes, I'll keep doing this endlessly Amazon, I'm not breaking the rules but you most definitely are.

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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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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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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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  • 17-12-22

Liked it, didn't love it

It's sort of a jazzed up radio play of Oliver Twist. I like multiple voice audiobooks, but this was a bit over-produced. The music featured a strange bass line. There were some interesting audio separation effects, but they didn't contribute much. If you want some good Dickens, I much preferred Richard Armitage's reading of David Copperfield, also on Audible.

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  • 12-12-22

Fantastic

Never read Oliver Twist before and this was a fantastic rendition. I hope Audible keeps making these full cast productions.

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  • 05-01-23

AWESOME

Engaging and well performed. Wonderful story, looking forward to hearing more narrations like Oliver Twist

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  • Brito’s
  • 04-01-23

5 star reading

Very good reading and writing, great story line, captivating, all in all 5 stars. Worth the read.

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  • 31-12-22

great book

loved it!! sounds like you're right there in the moment very very realistic. can't wait to start another

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  • 30-12-22

excellent

excellent entertainment! I really enjoyed the story, the voices and sound quality. would love more of these audible stories!

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  • RBB
  • 28-12-22

Wonderful cast, 3 D sound and story!!

I enjoyed all aspects. Really enjoyed the 3D sound quality. Oliver Twist the story is great!!

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  • Jackie
  • 29-01-23

What a Twist!

Great show! I’m old enough to have read this tin my youth, who knows why I haven’t. Know I can say I have and I enjoyed the story. The actors brought it to life.

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  • Jonathan Lewis
  • 29-01-23

Spectacular!

Highly enjoyable. It felt like I was front seat at at incredible play. The performances were captivating.

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  • Betty
  • 28-01-23

Very Movie-Like!

The voice acting was so good! The sound effects of the changing and bustle of the towns and townspeople added to the experience. I could see these actors as if they were in the movie! Great work, Emilio!