Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects. His meandering route to happiness includes work as a teacher at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers ill-treats his impoverished pupils, and a spell as an actor with the absurdly melodramatic Crummles troupe. Nicholas’s many adventures give Dickens the freedom to follow the eccentricities of a vivid gallery of characters, exploring themes of class, love, and self-awareness with exuberant comedy and biting satire.

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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4 Responses to Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

  1. Nicholas February 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    Such a pleasure to listen to. You add so much to the book; it should be the standard way of enjoying Dickens. This was my first Simon Vance book, and you were so good I had to see who read it and what other books I could listen to next. More Dickens please!

  2. Bonny Hall March 9, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    We just finished listening to this and it was an absolute delight. Your ability to capture the tongue-in-cheek tone and the subtleties of Dickens’ humor and pathos is remarkable. Thank you so much. We’re now moving on to the rest of your Dickens canon.

    • Simon March 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      So pleased to hear you enjoy my narration of Dickens – he’s a joy to read and I’m glad it’s well received.

  3. Vivien Plesmid January 30, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Just started this novel and I have to say, that the combination of my favorite author and my favorite narrator…well, it’s just unbeatable…thanks Simon for another wonderful piece of art 🙂

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