If there has ever been a better reader than Martin Jarvis I haven't found one and if there was ever a better suited book for him than Copperfield I haven't heard it. The great characters come leaping out of the I-Pod and once you've heard him do Micawber, Uriah Heep, Aunt Betsy, Murdstone, Traddles et al you can never imagine them any other way. Dickens used to do public readings of his books - if Jarvis had been around he'd have paid him to do it for him. Glorious stuff.
Reading is one of my great loves, but as a busy mum to 4, I seldom have the time to sit down with a good book. Audible changed that for me.
My favourite of all the Dickens books, and Martin Jarvis is indeed the master of narration. I was sorry when this audio book ended. The characters come alive under the skill of the writer and the skill of the narrator. Loved it so so much!
Even clocking in at 34+ hours (can you believe it?) I didn't want it to end. I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewers that say Martin Jarvis is hands-down the best reader of Dickens around. He's certainly the best I've ever heard. As a point of comparison, I love Jim Dale's reading of the Harry Potter books, and Mr. Jarvis rivals (or perhaps even bests) him. Wonderful story, wonderful reader. Who could ask for more?
I'm not a literary genius and maybe I don't have any right to slam on a classic piece of literature but I felt that a memoir of my own life would have been more exciting than this. Dickens has a very unique style that was generally pleasing to listen to but I felt that there was a lot of verbiage to describe nothing. Nothing happens in this book. The climax was so anti-climatic that I didn't realize it was the climax until the book was done! I'd pass on this one given a chance.
The story is enchanting enough, but Mr. Jarvis' reading and voices make it just splendid. This reader is very glad to have listened to rather than read this classic and gives this version an unqualified endorsement. Excellent!
Charles Dickens wrote a wonderful tale in "David Copperfield," but the reader of this book has turned it into a vivid performance with his voice. The variety of characters he creates with his inflections, dialects, and pitch are wonderful to hear. I heartily recommend this reading!
What a wonderful story. Mezmerising characters. I listened to the entire story without pausing unless absolutely necessary. I made sure my pants had pockets in which to carry my zune with me at all times. Did not want this book to end. The narrator was one of the best I have listened too.
Dickens is a master writer, of course, but about 1/4 way through the book I just had to put it down... the depictions of corporeal punishment and psychological cruelty were just too much for me.
Charles Dickens is know to has had lively readings of his novels during his lifetime . Martin Jarvis does Dickens proud with his excellent reading of "David Copperfield'.Even though this is a long audio book it flies by with the richness and personality Jarvis inflects the story with .