Audiobook CD - 2012
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A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horsedrawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because hes... Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from Londons sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. Hes not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodgers encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery. Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boys rise in a complex and fascinating world.
Publisher: [Holland, Ohio] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2012]
ISBN: 9781611209716
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 hr., 32 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Briggs, Stephen


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JCLJoyceM Jan 25, 2017

A romp through the sewers of London in Dickens' time, with the humor of Terry Pratchett.

ArapahoeTatyana Dec 23, 2016

The novel is written by Terry Pratchett, set in early Victorian London. Hence the language of the novel is figurative and permeated with gentle English humor.
Stephen Briggs, as a performer, is simply amazing! You'll hear the voices of different characters, and you'll find yourself in the theater, in the wonderful theater of one actor!

sabbathbloodysabbath Jun 16, 2016

This audio is very good. I tend to enjoy darker stories yet this was not really light. The narrator has much to do w/bringing the story to life & he did a good job w/this book. Dodger is independent yet faithful to the few he is close to. He's a hard worker has a good outlook on life in general & at the same time he is somewhat layed back. Sure he's a sewer diver but he's a good person. A character that I feel for, & root for. This author is very talented & like few other collaborations the narrator seems to be the perfect match. Abercrombies. 1 st law & Bernard Cornwells Samson series are my favorite types of book that have wonderful narrators that bring to life their stories but as a change of pace, this is a very nice find. There are not many good, somewhat realistic books w/drama, comedy, struggling against the odds etc that then have the perfect reader for that story. I'm glad I came across this one & if anyone has suggestions for me, with my other preferences in mind, I would very much appreciate the recommendations.

Oct 08, 2015

Any fan of Terry Pratchett will love listening to this book. Haven't read Terry Pratchett you say?? Take the chance now and listen to this fun and entertaining "historical fantasy" book. You think you know Dodger from Oliver Twist, but this is an entirely different kettle of fish. Set in Victorian London, follow this cheeky urchin who goes from the king of the sewers to the hero of Fleet Street, and meets up with London's elite and a killer or two along the way.

JCLChrisK Jul 02, 2013

The thing I find particularly hard about reviewing Terry Pratchett is trying to come up with anything I might say that would capture the deft, clever, articulate writing that characterizes his books. Nothing seems to do it justice and I end up feeling he's best left representing himself. He simply has a magical way with words. --- This story he calls a "historical fantasy," although the only fantastical elements are the way he's slightly fictionalized some of the characters and their interactions in early Victorian London. The protagonist is a young man named Dodger who has encounters with a journalist named Charlie Dickens, a barber named Sweeney Todd, politicians Robert Peel and Benjamin Disraeli, and many others names familiar from history. It's a nice blending of fact and story that captures the atmosphere of a time and era. --- I'm waffling between four and five stars on this one. It's not as overtly humorous as much of Pratchett's other fare, with a little more emphasis on the adventure and suspense and a little less commentary on the foibles of the human creature. But I tipped the scales up because I sense he wrote this with a bit of a mission in mind; when I read this and similar stories set in that era (even the recent movie adaptation of Les Miserables), I see ominous similarities to some current political trends, and I think he meant this book as a beneficial reminder and lesson. That earns a bonus from me.


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