The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Version 2)


Read by Mil Nicholson

(4.9 stars; 75 reviews)

Nicholas Nickleby is a young Devonshire man of nineteen, handsome and hot headed, devoted to his sister Kate and his parents. Following the death of Nicholas’s father, they find themselves penniless, and travel to London to seek help from his uncle, Ralph Nickleby, a heartless, cunning rogue. He grudgingly finds employment for Nicholas in Dotheby Hall, a school in Yorkshire run by the brutal Mr. and Mrs. Wackford Squeers. Appalled at the condition and treatment of the school children, Nicholas rebels, escaping with Smike, a young man/child who has become devoted to him. Meanwhile back in London, Ralph Nickleby uses his beautiful niece Kate to adorn dinner parties for his disreputable male clientele. He also acquires for her a position as a dressmaker, where she finds herself working under a despotic supervisor. Nicholas, in search of employment, first tutors children of the Kenwigs family. Later he meets the flamboyant Mr.Vincent Crummles, and along with Smike, joins his theatrical troupe, with a band of hilarious actors. Among his many tasks, he creates posters, adapts scripts and acts in many productions. Learning of Kate being in peril, he and Smike leave the troupe to come to her aid. Nicholas then meets with the wonderful Cheeryble brothers who help him start a new life with his family and Smike -- but Smike is captured by Wackford Squeers and returned to Dotheby Hall in Yorkshire. Nicholas goes to the school to rescue Smike, and faces off Mr.Squeers, in an unforgettable scene. In the course of his many adventures, Nicholas falls in love, his sister Kate falls in love, and even the often dotty Mrs. Nickleby is courted by a strange man who flings vegetables to her as tokens of love. Written when Dickens was himself a young man, Nicholas Nickleby is full of twists and turns, and adventures both merry and tragic, with, as always, many unforgettable characters. (Summary by Mil Nicholson)

(35 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Preface 12:58 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 1 13:38 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 2 28:36 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 3 30:11 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 4 34:44 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 5 27:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 6 1:00:16 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 7 21:45 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 8 35:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 9 40:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 10 35:46 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 11 13:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 12 30:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 13 36:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 14 29:09 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 15 32:22 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 16 49:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 17 24:14 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 18 36:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 19 42:43 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 20 31:26 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 21 32:57 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 22 40:27 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 23 32:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 24 43:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 25 35:35 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 26 27:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 27 35:18 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 28 43:19 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 29 23:18 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 30 38:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 31 18:39 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 32 25:45 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 33 17:09 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 34 42:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 35 43:58 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 36 21:04 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 37 43:11 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 38 39:36 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 39 23:41 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 40 43:17 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 41 31:50 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 42 32:08 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 43 35:13 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 44 40:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 45 33:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 46 39:22 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 47 43:59 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 48 28:06 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 49 38:16 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 50 35:15 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 51 31:28 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 52 32:25 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 53 46:12 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 54 33:42 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 55 29:24 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 56 35:11 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 57 30:00 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 58 21:05 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 59 40:11 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 60 36:37 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 61 29:01 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 62 15:48 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 63 28:23 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 64 25:03 Read by Mil Nicholson
Chapter 65 7:28 Read by Mil Nicholson

Reviews

Brilliantly read.

(5 stars)

well I thought throughout the reading that the narrator was male but friends insist they think it's a female. Anyhow, whoever you are Mil, you read the book brilliantly

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY/Nicholson

(5 stars)

Wow. I'm nearly speechless with admiration. It doesn't get any better than this , readers!

Lovely story, well read!

(4.5 stars)

Listening to Mil Nicholson is my favourite way to enjoy a Charles Dickens book, and this recording is no exception! The narrator reads so very well, and does the voice of each character in a way that is so memorable! A very wonderful recording!

Another great classic

(5 stars)

Another great classic by Charles Dickens. Great plot full of interesting and unforgettable characters. It was so beautifully bought to life by the narrator, her voice is mesmerising and she took on each character with great passion, very well done.

Bravo...

(4.5 stars)

This Dickens novel has everything you would expect to find from the master: melodrama, heroes, villains and ecentrics. Not my favourite novel but Mil Nicholson' s narration had me coming back for more. Magnificent reader. I love the audacity of the villains! Thank you Mil ...

exceptional

(5 stars)

I think that this is perhaps my favorite Charles Dickens book. The reader of this particular version is exceptional, and I hope to listen to other Charles dickens novels spoken by this excellent reader. The pacing is perfect, and the voices given to the characters are on point. Well done Nicholson!

(5 stars)

A joy to hear all the wonderful characters brought to life so vividly, a pleasure in every way. The story both humorous and unexpected at times and all set right in the end, I was sorry to see it finished.

Great reader!

(4 stars)

Not my favorite Dickens book, but the reader, Mil Nicholson, is most excellent!