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Mary McCay
Booklist, October 2012

Keeble’s reading of this classic shows an acute perception of Dickens’ sense of nineteenth-century Poor Laws. His tones are full of sympathy for the young waif, and he vividly portrays characters (the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Nancy, among others) Oliver encounters in London. The Artful Dodger’s almost incomprehensible cockney speech patterns and Fagin’s slightly lisping words of false concern are especially well done. In a whispering plea, Keeble captures Oliver’s desperation when he utters the famous request, “Please, sir, I want some more.” A dramatic meeting between Oliver and his savior, Mr. Brownlow, is particularly compelling, as Keeble dramatically expresses Mr. Brownlow’s sympathetic feelings and justifiable offense over some court proceedings. The final chapter, in which characters receive their just desserts, allows Keeble to conclude on a tone of nostalgia and exhibit sympathy for the suffering children, as justice is meted out to the villains. Keeble’s ability to change British dialects and modulate tones for all characters is quite remarkable. © 2012 Booklist



AudioFile, June 2012

Jonathan Keeble’s voice is well suited to Dickens’s beloved story of a parish boy’s progress. In particular, his British accent gives this production a nice “twist.” His smooth, deep voice lends itself especially well to the words of the omniscient narrator…the other characters are spot-on. The voice of Fagin is superbly sinister, and the Artful Dodger’s quick, clipped speech captures the essence of the young ruffian. Keeble adds refinement and polish to his voice for the highbrow Mr. Brownlow just as easily as he injects a base wickedness when portraying the villainous band of thieves. © 2012 AudioFile Read complete review





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