The Old Curiosity Shop


Read by Euthymius

(4.3 stars; 27 reviews)

The Old Curiosity Shop tells the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Her grandfather loves her dearly, and Nell does not complain, but she lives a lonely existence without friends of her own age. Her only friend is Kit, an honest young lad who works at the shop, and whom she is teaching to write. Unbeknownst to Nell, her grandfather is obsessed with their precarious financial position and is attempting to make Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret, but borrows heavily from the evil Quilp, a dwarf, in order to raise new capital. In the end, he gambles away what little money they own, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of the shop and make Nell's and her grandfather's lives a misery. Indeed, her grandfather suffers a breakdown, which leaves him bereft of his wits. Courageously, Nell decides to escape Quilp, and she and her grandfather run away to the country to live as beggars, travelling into the Midlands of England.

There, then, follow the multifarious adventures of Nell and her grandfather, Quilp and his sly minions and accomplices, who would be Nell's vehement pursuers throughout the entire story, the noble schoolmaster, and many, many other personages as bright and memorable as Dickens' heroes always are. But... let us hear the story itself, shan't we?


(Description from Wikipedia with additions by Euthymius) (23 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 33:26 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 02 15:51 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 03 18:14 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 04 20:03 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 05 15:27 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 06 21:08 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 07 15:02 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 08 23:49 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 09 24:54 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 10 13:19 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 11 18:46 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 12 16:44 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 13 20:45 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 14 15:28 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 15 22:17 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 16 13:51 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 17 18:51 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 18 17:13 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 19 23:26 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 20 11:36 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 21 21:35 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 22 12:33 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 23 21:49 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 24 14:24 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 25 19:08 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 26 16:29 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 27 22:35 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 28 15:25 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 29 23:18 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 30 14:10 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 31 24:25 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 32 13:41 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 33 23:23 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 34 14:10 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 35 25:21 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 36 13:25 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 37 17:27 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 38 21:58 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 39 16:26 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 40 19:47 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 41 18:21 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 42 24:40 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 43 17:10 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 44 21:29 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 45 16:18 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 46 24:11 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 47 14:13 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 48 22:43 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 49 15:00 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 50 22:32 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 51 15:15 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 52 24:38 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 53 15:10 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 54 24:01 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 55 13:55 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 56 22:49 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 57 13:22 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 58 22:47 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 59 14:52 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 60 23:50 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 61 14:01 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 62 21:50 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 63 15:51 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 64 24:09 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 65 12:51 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 66 35:55 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 67 22:00 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 68 16:57 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 69 23:35 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 70 14:49 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 71 20:38 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 72 19:29 Read by Euthymius
Chapter 73 22:44 Read by Euthymius

Reviews

A good rendering of this classic Victorian novel.

(5 stars)

Although many now find Dickens' works overly sentimental and his female characters in particular cloying and unrealistic they still have great power in conveying the beliefs and social conditions of the times. It's surprising how many of these conditions and beliefs are still current, albeit in an altered shape. The harsh treatment of the poor may have been alleviated to some extent in many countries, but it is still possible to find the counterparts of Nell and her grandfather wandering the roads and perishing needlessly in the midst of plenty in many of our so-called developed nations. The lessons Dickens tried to teach us have not been learned, and the modern vehicle of social criticism, the TV documentary, has had about the same impact. There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.

Great Old fashioned tale

(5 stars)

Quintessential Dickens with that wide range of colorful characters and laguage like no other....so enjoyed!

(5 stars)

A most unexpected treasure. Well read and most enjoyable.

Wonderful stuff. I will miss the readers voice.

(5 stars)

Nice Work

(5 stars)

This book was recorded by a single reader whose voice, pace, and diction were excellent for the most part. He even tried to do different voices for each of the characters (with varying degrees of success), so I give him credit for that too. It's a long work, but worth downloading if you're a fan of Dickens.