I find Terry Pratchett to be a little hit or miss. I really liked Good Omens and Nation. Some others not so much. In general, I don't pick up books just because he's written them and I've never gotten into Diskworld. However, I decided to give Dodger a read because it's one of the 9th-12th grade Oregon Battle of the Books books this year. If you don't know, Oregon Battle of the Books is a reading and comprehension program for elementary through high school students. Teams of kids read books and then answer questions about them in a competitive quiz. There are champions and everything. Anyway, they often pick good, engaging books and, if I haven't already, I'll often read what's on the list. Thus, Dodger.
I listened to Dodger as an audiobook. I'm not really sure if that was a good idea or not to be honest. I enjoy audiobooks generally, but the narrator can make or break a book and I have mixed feelings about this narrator. His voice was fine (not grating as I find some), but maybe the accents were a little strong/forced? Also, I'm not totally sure if I'd have found it a better read if I'd been choosing what was accented myself. Anyway, for better or worse, I listened to it.
I considered several times not finishing. It wasn't bad per say, but I wasn't super engaged. It probably took me longer than usual to get through that length of an audiobook because I found myself listening to music at times I might normally have listened to a book because it just didn't call to me. That said, it was decent enough that I did finish it.
The story is about Dodger, a street kid (well, young adult) in London during early Victorian times. He saves a girl from a beating and starts down a path that changes his life in significant ways. Along the way, we met Charlie Dickens, Sweeney Todd and a cast of colorful characters.
Really, I don't have much more to say about it. It's fine. It's not great. I didn't get really into it. I didn't feel too attached to any of the characters. There were a few clever things that happened. I was interested in some aspects of the story, like what life was like for a tosher (read it to find out!), but I could take or leave this book overall.