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January 15th, 2016
Episode 106 of 167 episodes
A healthy helping of Charles Dickens, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This week, we present a healthy portion of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. In Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens created some of his most nefarious villains, and some of his most heroic characters. Wholly ignorant of the ways of the world, we follow Nicholas as he grapples with the villainous schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, the powerful and calculating Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the stonehearted moneylender Ralph Nickleby. As these three weave their webs of treachery, Nicholas stands tall, showing that even though he is sabotaged by those closest to him, he can prevail over the evil designs of the rich and powerful. Today’s lengthy sample takes us to the Yorkshire school, which is arguably the darkest part of the book. Like so many similar epic quests, the triumphs wouldn’t be quite so triumphant if our hero doesn’t first trudge through the abyss. The first volume of Nicholas runs over 17-1/2 hours, and contains over 70 different character voices. Order your copy today at thebestaudiobooks.com. And now, a sample of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.