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.
This is a long and fabulous story, it is the pearl of Charles Dickens work, I believe, and my pleasure to experience.
Beautifully read, superbly written, and an exceptional listening experience.
I would provide it with 10 stars or more out of 5 if that were possible.
Wonderful gift to hear. Thank you.
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David Copperfield, written by, Charles Dickens, and narrated by, Simon Vance. I cannot image a more perfect literary duo. Don’t need to leave this to imagination though. It is here and available to listen to. This is just one of those novels you know must be undertaken to make life a fuller experience. Just a smidgen behind the immortal Great Expectations.
Reading a Dickens one must remember it comes with a cosmological constant. Its story will be epoch, its tale will be an analysis of society, its human functionaries will be peculiar and fascinating, its words will be enthralling, and its combined effort will be an exciting tale.
David Copperfield is said to be Dickens autobiography, with his embellishment. It tells the tale of a young man from the moment he was born to the time he establishes himself as a loving husband. It begins with a poor but happy childhood, but before that childhood matures, his world is undone by an unhappy re-marriage of his mother to a fiend who comes with other malevolent members of his family. The story then moves on to how David Copperfield had to make his way through the world of scoundrels, misfits and opportunist and to find a true love, dear friends to provide a proper British life.
It is the people you meet (or rather that David Copperfield) meets that make this story. Each step of the way the people are just a joy to learn about and how they move through their lives. A true study on humankind, that was told in 1849 but emphatically true for humans today. One can write lines about how interesting these people are but as this is just a short review, I will only mention this is the novel where Uriah Heep comes into existence. The notable creature who through feigned meekness cloys humility, obsequiousness, and insincerity to garner success for himself at any cost.
Can’t go wrong, and its 33 beautiful hours of story, and yes, performed brilliantly by a exceptional speaker/reader, Simon Vance.
omg. What a book. Dickens' (arguably) crowning achievement moved me deeply. i won't cheapen its effect with lengthy explanation. For the love of god, do yourself a favor and read this masterpiece
I am a practicing lawyer in my late 60s who was an English major in college.
I last read David Copperfield when More than 50 years ago. It remains as fresh and brilliant as I found it then. Simon Vance's narration actually enhances Dickens' fabulous characterizations.