Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens

Born in Portsmouth in 1812, is widely regarded as Britain’s most successful and best loved novelist.He left school at the age of twelve to work in a boot blacking factory, but after three years he was able to return to school, after which he began his journalistic career. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, was published in serial form in 1836. Although not initially successful, the introduction of the character of Sam Weller in the fourth instalment increased the novel’s readership significantly. He continued to publish his novels in weekly or monthly instalments, a format which exacerbated the hysteria around his work, and contributed to his celebrity status.‍Many of his characters are among the most famous in English literature, from the Artful Dodger, to Miss Havisham, and several have become bywords for certain traits or characteristics.Dickens died of a stroke in June 1860.

Featured Charles Dickens Audiobook

Oliver Twist: Retold for Younger Listeners

Oliver Twist audiobook front cover.
Oliver Twist: Retold for Younger Listeners audiobook

Oliver Twist runs away from the brutality of the workhouse, only to find himself taken in by a gang of thieves run by the devilish Fagin, his violent side-kick Bill Sikes and the irrepressible Artful Dodger. Rescued from London’s dingiest and darkest dens but then forced to help in a violent burglary, Oliver’s chances of survival are slim, and his chances of happiness almost nil. But one member of the gang risks everything to save him – and loses everything as a result. Roy McMillan combines an abridged version of Dickens’s novel with his own helpful explanations to retell the story for younger listeners.

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With no screen or connectivity and a simple-to-use player, children are in charge and can listen how and where they want.

Our library of audiobooks, including titles from Charles Dickens is over 100 titles and growing all the time.