The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Version 3)


Read by Peter John Keeble

(5 stars; 12 reviews)

Nicholas Nickleby was Dickens's third novel following on from Pickwick Papers and Oliver twist. It has a cast of wonderful characters that include Wackford Squeers, the reprehensible and villainous headmaster whose reign of terror at his school in Yorkshire resulted in the abuse and deaths of many of his unwanted and orphaned children, Mr Vincent Crummles and his hilariously inept touring company, the munificent Cheeryble brothers, Ralph Nickleby, Nicholas's uncle, a mean spirited man who is driven by avarice and irrational hatred of his nephew, Smike a boy brutalised by Squeers and his family leaving him mentally and physically handicapped and Mrs Nickleby, Nicholas’s mother, who is pretentiously genteel and somewhat garrulous.

There are many more finely drawn characters who combine to make this not only a comic masterpiece of the period but more than one love story threads its way through the dialogue. Probably what we would call today a ‘Romacom’ and as such Nicholas Nickleby never ceases to delight. (Summary by Peter Keeble) (31 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Authors Preface 12:05 Read by Peter John Keeble
Chapter 1- Introduces All The Rest 12:49 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of Mr Ralph Nickleby, And His Establishments . . . 28:27 Read by Peter John Keeble
Mr Ralph Nickleby receives sad tidings of his brother . . .The reader is informe… 25:10 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas and his Uncle . . . wait upon Mr Wackford Squeers, the Yorkshire School… 28:23 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas starts for Yorkshire. Of his Leave-taking and his Fellow-Travellers . .… 24:38 Read by Peter John Keeble
In which the Occurrence of the Accident . . . affords an Opportunity . . .to te… 52:21 Read by Peter John Keeble
Mr and Mrs Squeers at Home 18:32 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall 30:40 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of Miss Squeers, Mrs Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr Squeers . . . 34:33 Read by Peter John Keeble
How Mr Ralph Nickleby provided for his Niece and Sister-in-Law 30:37 Read by Peter John Keeble
Newman Noggs inducts Mrs and Miss Nickleby into their New Dwelling in the City 12:30 Read by Peter John Keeble
Whereby the Reader will be enabled to trace the further course of Miss Fanny Squ… 25:17 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas varies the Monotony of Dothebys Hall . . . 31:48 Read by Peter John Keeble
Having the Misfortune to treat of none but Common People . . . 27:45 Read by Peter John Keeble
Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Interruption . . . 30:24 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas seeks to employ himself in a New Capacity . . . 45:51 Read by Peter John Keeble
Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby 21:45 Read by Peter John Keeble
Miss Knag, after doting on Kate Nickleby . . . makes up her Mind to hate her for… 31:57 Read by Peter John Keeble
Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr Ralph Nickleby's . . . 37:43 Read by Peter John Keeble
Wherein Nicholas at length encounters his Uncle . . . His Resolution. 27:05 Read by Peter John Keeble
Madam Mantalini finds herself in a Situation . . . and Miss Nickleby finds herse… 29:39 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas, accompanied by Smike, sallies forth to seek his Fortune . . . 34:07 Read by Peter John Keeble
Treats of the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles, and of his Affairs, Domestic and T… 29:21 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci . . . 38:36 Read by Peter John Keeble
Concerning a young Lady from London . . . and an elderly Admirer who follows in… 31:08 Read by Peter John Keeble
Is fraught with some Danger to Miss Nickleby's Peace of Mind 25:06 Read by Peter John Keeble
Mrs Nickleby becomes acquainted with Messrs Pyke and Pluck . . . 34:49 Read by Peter John Keeble
Miss Nickleby, rendered desperate by the Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk . . . … 39:36 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and certain Internal Divisions in the Company . … 21:12 Read by Peter John Keeble
Festivities are held in honour of Nicholas . . . 37:25 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs . . . 17:19 Read by Peter John Keeble
Relating chiefly to some remarkable Conversation, and some remarkable Proceeding… 24:36 Read by Peter John Keeble
In which Mr. Ralph Nickleby is relieved, by a very expeditious Process, from all… 16:15 Read by Peter John Keeble
Wherein Mr. Ralph Nickleby is visited by Persons with whom the Reader has been a… 36:02 Read by Peter John Keeble
Smike becomes known to Mrs. Nickleby and Kate. Nicholas also meets with new Acqu… 38:22 Read by Peter John Keeble
Private and confidential; relating to Family Matters . . . Mr Kenwigs underwent … 18:38 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas finds further Favour in the Eyes of the brothers Cheeryble and Mr Timot… 41:35 Read by Peter John Keeble
Comprises certain Particulars arising out of a Visit of Condolence . . . Smike u… 35:51 Read by Peter John Keeble
In which another old Friend encounters Smike, very opportunely . . . 20:19 Read by Peter John Keeble
In which Nicholas falls in Love. . . . 40:15 Read by Peter John Keeble
Containing some Romantic Passages between Mrs. Nickleby and the Gentleman in the… 27:35 Read by Peter John Keeble
Illustrative of the convivial Sentiment, that the best of Friends must sometimes… 25:03 Read by Peter John Keeble
Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher, in bringing various People together 33:42 Read by Peter John Keeble
Mr. Ralph Nickleby cuts an old Acquaintance . . 34:39 Read by Peter John Keeble
Containing Matter of a surprising Kind 29:41 Read by Peter John Keeble
Throws some Light upon Nicholas's Love, but whether for Good or Evil the Reader … 33:58 Read by Peter John Keeble
Mr. Ralph Nickleby has some confidential Intercourse with another old Friend. . … 36:59 Read by Peter John Keeble
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Vincent Crummles, and positively his last Appearanc… 26:46 Read by Peter John Keeble
Chronicles the further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family, and the Sequel of the… 36:55 Read by Peter John Keeble
Involves a serious Catastrophe 34:19 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Project of Mr. Ralph Nickleby and his Friend approaching a successful Issue,… 27:12 Read by Peter John Keeble
Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray . . . 30:26 Read by Peter John Keeble
Containing the further Progress of the Plot contrived by Mr. Ralph Nickleby and … 39:31 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Crisis of the Project and its Result 27:09 Read by Peter John Keeble
Of Family Matters, Cares, Hopes, Disappointments, and Sorrows 29:10 Read by Peter John Keeble
Ralph Nickleby, baffled by his Nephew in his late Design, hatches a Scheme of Re… 30:20 Read by Peter John Keeble
How Ralph Nickleby's Auxiliary went about his Work, and how he prospered with it 25:36 Read by Peter John Keeble
In which one Scene of this History is closed 14:25 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Plots begin to fail, and Doubts and Dangers to disturb the Plotter 35:35 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Dangers thicken, and the Worst is Told 27:02 Read by Peter John Keeble
Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the good Opinion of all worldly and prud… 23:46 Read by Peter John Keeble
Ralph makes one last Appointment—and keeps it 14:30 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Brothers Cheeryble make various Declarations for themselves and others . . . 23:12 Read by Peter John Keeble
An old Acquaintance is recognised . . . and Dotheboys Hall breaks up for ever 21:38 Read by Peter John Keeble
Conclusion 7:01 Read by Peter John Keeble

Reviews

michelle

(5 stars)

I love this story, over and over again. Thank you Mr Keeble

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

(5 stars)

a very good story read by a very good reader with the correct accent for the story.