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After a while, you realize that this is not usual Dickens, but an almost certain highly accurate autobiography, told in some of the most incredibly clever and scintillating prose in the history of the English language.The narrator is so good with the incredible voicing of so many characters, that the entire experience of listening to this was a true joy.
I kind of want to start over and listen to the whole thing again. This was a very moving book, and to find that the story is somewhat autobiographical is fascinating. It was incredible to listen to as well. Such a great performance, such animation in the different voices. Each character was brought to light so uniquely. Loved this!
There are no unused superlatives to describe Dickens' David Copperfield. In fact, Simon Vance's narration has also been widely praised, but there is one character who lives so completely in Vance's characterization that surely even Dickens would have approved--Mr. Micawber. The book is long, so the narration takes nearly 34 hours, but if ever it seems long, think of the times to come in the narration when you will be delighted by Simon Vance' a voicing of Mr. Micawber's long indictment of the many crimes of Uriah Heep. Micawber's repeated pronunciation of the name "Heep" must have cost Mr. Vance many throat lozenges, but is surely one of the all-time high points of recorded narration.
The combination of Dickens and Vance can't be topped.
It starts so slow and never builds to the overdone over packed action or excitement that today's books so often elude to. By the third hour of listening I found myself interested and by the end I found myself feeling as if his good fortune was shining on myself. I would have to say one of the most powerful books I have ever listened to.
This was a masterpiece. I only wish that I had heard this recording during my teens.
David Copperfield is an emotional education. Chalk full of admirable characters, during the course of this epic novel, you see the results of their virtues and their mistakes. The results are edifying and entertaining.
Simon Vance is an incredible performer, with an excellent knack for differentiating the voices of he characters. It is particularly impressive that he is able to produce such a range of female voices.
At 30+ hours this recording is quite the commitment, but it remains engaging throughout and is well worth the time.
This was the best audiobook I've ever listened to. Simon Vance's narration was superb. He brought Dickens' colorful cast of characters to life so vividly that I can't help but think that Dickens himself would have been spellbound by the performance.
8 of 10 stars
other Dickens novels - you can't really compare him to anything else
great character voices
There is no better way in which to hear Dickens prose. Read quite masterfully and performed with expert stagecraft, the words simply dance.