Oliver Twist (Abridged)

Oliver Twist (Abridged)

Genre: Audiobooks

Written by: Charles Dickens

Narrated by: David Warner


Total Duration: 1hrs 21mins 35s

Total Size: 188.094 MB

Release Date: 01/10/2005

The Emmy award winning DAVID WARNER reads a six-part abridgement of Charles Dickens’ all time classic OLIVER TWIST.  In this departure from the merry world of Pickwick, Dickens targets the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 which renewed the importance of the workhouse as a means of relief for the poor.   Dickens was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes in Oliver Twist, to which Dickens replied, in the preface to the Library Edition of Oliver Twist in 1858, “I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream”.

One of the most dramatized of Dickens’ works, Oliver Twist was appearing in 10 theatres in London before serialization of the novel was even completed. There are 25 film versions currently listed, the first in 1906. Academy Award winning filmmaker Roman Polanski is the latest to bring the little orphan boy to the silver screen.

Originally heard on BBC Radio 2 in 2005.

Abridged by Neville Teller
Directed by Neil Gardner
Music SNK Music
ABOUT THE READER Born near Manchester in 1941, David Warner is a distinguished stage, film and television actor. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts by the time he was 19 years old, he first made his name known with his moving performance as the doomed King Henry VI in The Wars of the Roses, one of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s most celebrated shows to this day. In 1965, he became the most talked about Hamlet of his generation. His innovative performance initially drew a lot of terrible reviews, but the show would soon become a hit, with teenagers and young adults packing the house in both London and Stratford for the next two years. Back in 1964, he had gotten his first important movie role in Tom Jones, Tony Richardson’s adaptation of the classic by Henry Fielding. He played Tom’s cousin and worst enemy, the viperine Blifil. He followed that with the title role in Morgan! A Suitable Case for Treatment in 1966. Thanks to Morgan, Warner was able to demonstrate his full range as an actor. He could make you laugh, or scare you, one minute and move you to tears the next. His performance earned him a BAFTA nomination. His amazing talent and offbeat looks have always brought a unique quality to his characters. Some of his most famous films : Straw Dogs, The Omen, Time After Time, Time Bandits, Tron, The Man with Two Brains, Star Trek VI, Titanic, Planet of the Apes and in 2005 League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse. In 1981, he won an Emmy for his supporting performance in Masada. David worked again with director Neil Gardner in 2007 to bring to life Robert Rankin’s cult character Hugo Rune, in the 13 part full-cast audio dramatisation of “The Brightonomicon”.

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