Orphaned and alone, young Oliver Twist travels to London to escape his life of poverty and abuse. Instead he falls in with a group of young pickpockets and con artists, led by the deceptively complex master thief Fagin. In his second novel, Charles Dickens creates a portrait of innocence that thrives in spite of misfortune, temptation, and societal ills. The supporting characters are equally fascinating, including the monstrous Bill Sykes, the cocky Artful Dodger, and the tragic Nancy.
The inimitable Martin Jarvis brings his talents to bear on Charles Dickens's classic in an audiobook that will delight listeners with its superb recreations of gritty 19th-century London. To escape Mr. Bumble and life in the workhouse, Oliver flees to London where he meets the Artful Dodger and becomes embroiled with Fagin's ragtag band of thieves. Jarvis simply dazzles: his performance captures both the humor and sorrow of the text, his narration is crisp, and his characterizations his rendition of the terrifying district magistrate, Mr. Fang, is particularly memorable are as varied as they are energetic, befitting, and enjoyable. \n