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Charles Dickens is one of my favorite authors and "David Copperfield" is the most autobiographical of his novels. A tale of a young boy's development through his birth to a widowed mother, the trials of cruel step-parents and school masters, to the loving support of his nurse Peggotty, and aunt Betsey Trotwood.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, and the fabulous characters - the solidness of Peggotty and her family, the excentricity of Aunt Betsey, the loveliness of Agnes, the good-hearted theatrical financial irresponsibility of Micawber and his faithful wife, and finally the gruesomeness of Uriah Heep (I truly cringed at some fo the descriptions).
The one part that drove me crazy was David or Trot's child-bride Dora. Funny that critisism of "saccharine sentamentality" by some authors including Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf.
The narration by Simon Vance was superb. Excellent fun.
Dickens is a master of words -- the way he uses a turn of phrase, writes pictures with words and transitions among numerous characters is very impressive.
David Copperfield's aunt -- she is awesome!
I have not. But I definitely will. He is truly talented. I have no idea how he did such a good job!
Great story and great story line.
This was the best narrator I have ever heard. Not only did he do voices that made you believe he was the characters, but he also put appropriate expressions when warranted -- it was truly impressive and I would recommend listening to this book for the narration even if you are not sold on Dickens!
I listened to 'David Copperfield' while driving to and from work. At stressful times during my shift, I found myself anticipating my escape into this compelling story at the end of the day.
Simon Vance's audio depiction of the multitude of characters in this book is superb. Old or young, male or female, city or country, his capture of the character’s voice is impeccable. Dickens’ prose can be quite wordy and I doubt I would have finished the book if I was actually reading it, but having such a good audio presentation made it easy to enter David Copperfield’s world and travel with him through his fascinating, and sometimes sad, life. If you have never read Dickens, I recommend you meet David Copperfield, Betsey Trotswood, Mr Dick, Mr and Mrs Micawber, Peggotty, Mr Barkis, Thomas Traddles, and of course, the most ‘umble and slimy Uriah Heep.
This book ranks as my second favorite Dickens novel (behind A Tale of Two Cities). The reader is outstanding, truly flawless in his interpretation of the ironic, the poignant, the humorous, the tongue-in-cheek, the tragic, the hopeful -- everything that makes Dickens one of the greatest writers of all time. The story is long but worth every minute invested. I was sad to have to say goodbye to the characters when it all came to an end.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
While it is of obvious importance that one be exposed to great literary classics in one's youth, I have found that I get so much more out of rereading the classics later in life, as I can now relate more directly to the trials and tribulations, the words of wisdom, and the expositions of reality. I remember reading David Copperfield in middle school and being impressed mostly with the Pegotty's boat house. Now, after living my life to the point of David's at the end of the novel, I have been so touched by so many of David's realizations, particularly about his personal relationships. Simon Vance's narration of this harsh and, at the same time, tender gem of a book is amazing. Every character has his or her own voice, so that the story really comes to heartbreaking, and also joyous, life. Do yourself a favor and read this again for the first time.
If you are of a certain age, you no doubt read David Copperfield during your high school education. What a shame, since the true meaning of this book is beyond the emotional maturity of most late adolescents, perhaps most young adults. This is truly Dickens' finest book -- the characters are well drawn and the story complex. The distinction in social standing among the central characters is relevant, especially today. Are we to care for all humans or only for those of our own "stations" or class? There are tender moments related to this central question that brought me to tears.
Simon Vance is by far one of the best readers of audio books. It is a tribute to this true classic that such an experienced and skilled reader was selected for this book. Thank you Charles Dickens, Audible and Simon Vance.
One of Dickens's favorite novels and the one closest to his heart, the eponymous main character is obviously based on the author. David's father dies before he is born, and his loving mother is too weak to defend him against the tyrannical man she remarries. The book follows David's life from his hard, sad childhood to his adult life as a successful novelist and family man.
David Copperfield is about equal parts humor and tragedy, but Dickens was in full sentimental mode when writing this, so this is a good one to read if you want to be sure of a Happy Ever After ending. It has his usual large cast of memorable and memorably-named characters: David's loving nurse Peggotty; his dire stepfather Mr. Murdstone and his equally cruel sister Miss Murdstone; Wilkins Micawber and his constant crises of a "pecuniary nature"; the eely villain Uriah Heep; the charming cad James Steerforth; poor pitiful Little Emily; and dozens of others, all of whom are so remarkable you'll remember even the bit characters like Mr. Creakle. There isn't as much social criticism in this book as in some of Dickens's other novels, but it does have his characteristic sympathy for the poor and indictment of Victorian class snobbery.
The story does rely an awful lot on improbable reappearances of characters (just about everybody David meets during childhood comes back to play a role in his adulthood) and you can tell where Dickens was indulging in a little wish-fulfillment (like giving David a second chance at a happier marriage than the author had). It's also got his characteristic excess of verbiage (three or four chapters after a modern writer who isn't allowed to turn every book into a doorstopper would have ended the book, Dickens is still going). I'm not sure this would be my favorite Dickens novel (frankly, it's the first one I've read in a long time) as it's mostly just a sentimental Bildungsroman, but it's still Dickens which means it's great and lots of fun to read.
I just finished listening to this . . . although I've read several of Dickens' novels in the past, some for school, some on my own . . . this was by far the most powerful, engrossing and satisfying "read" of any of his works I have experienced. Simon Vance gives an oustanding interpretation of both the widely differing voices of the characters, and of all the range of emotion from almost farcical comedy to sentimentality to tragedy. He reads so beautifully that I often thought I was listening to Dickens' own interpretation. This is an absolute feast of a novel, and I'm so glad my introduction to it came through this Audible edition.
Wow. Just wow.
Simon Vance does justice to Charles Dickens's intricate story, filled with ups and downs and many, many characters of all sorts. Vance is the rare narrator who never lapses into melodrama but brings characters, male or female, to life with restrained but powerful emotion. He is a lovely narrator and Dickens's story is about so many things that seem topical now; what it means to be a family, the mistakes of a good person who lacked guidance as a child, the vicissitudes of wealth, love and justice. You will love David, Betsey Trotwood and Peggoty and feel you know them as beloved friends by the time you are halfway through the book.
Heartfelt, detailed, human.
Periodic style with well-developed personal interactions, growing in depth through the time of the story. Fruity and convoluted phrasing was good fun, but not terribly efficient at times; a product of it's time.
Uriah Heep - be he ever so humble - comes across very clearly as a grubby character.
For me it was more of a review after having read it years ago at school. Probably better with the reading of characters in the audio format, by a good narrator. A few good chuckles, but no tears.