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.
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.
One of the best readings I have heard. What sets it apart is the narrator's ability provide different voices for each of the characters that are truly spot-on. This is huge in adding to the enjoyment of listening to a story that relies so much on what it's characters say and do.
This is also probably my favoriter Dickens novel.
"From this, he took a lesson: value the original, fragile, and rough. That's the art." Holland Carter on the art of Henri Mattisse
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” So opens the greatest story ever told of a youngster's journey into adulthood and amour.
Nearly 20 years after writing David Copperfield, Dickens wrote that, "like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."
In no novel did Dickens have as colorful a set of characters and character names as in this one - from Peggotty, David's childhood maid and lifelong friend, Wilkins Micawber, his melodramatic landlord, James Steerforth, the cad of a school friend, Uriah Heep, the all-time most despicable sycophant in all of literature, and his love Dora (“Lovers had loved before, and lovers would love again; but no lover had ever loved, might, could, would, or should ever love, as I loved Dora.").
As with most of his novels, Dickens brought to light a social evil--here, the working conditions of minors, as David was (8 or 9) when his evil stepfather Murdstone took him out of school (after David's mom died) and sent him to work in London.
“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything.”
It's nearly indescribable how much I identified with this novel. It may not be the best novel of all time (structure, conflicts, character development and all that jazz - I think that's "Anna Karenina"), but I think's Charles Dickens' DAVID COPPERFIELD is the best story. If you haven't read it or it's been a while, you should pick it up.
Sure - It's Dickens
Vance is absolutely fantastic. Dickens generally juggles a whole raft of characters and Vance did a wonderful job of bringing each to life.
I shall definitely be on the look out for other works read by this man.
I am continually stunned by this authors ability to make words truly delicious! His analogies, insights into human nature, and humor is completely enjoyable for me. I've never really enjoyed watching movies based on Dickens work but his books are incredible. Strong characters, delightful conversation, and very human. Sigh. I just really really loved this book.
Simon Vance did an excellent job of reading. It is like listening to a one man play.
Thank you Mr. Vance. It was lovely to spend so many hours with you. The pictures you and Mr. Dickens have put in my head are as welcome as a good friend.
"I was born." Dickens has the most iconic first sentences of any author because they are perfect. Any novel by Dickens is an undertaking and commitment. A pleasurable one. Having the combo of kindle edition with the audible is the way to go. You need to get busy with chores, don't stop reading; just start listening. This is also a great choice for long commutes.