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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.
A wonderful story
The language and character development.
No, I don't read for long periods of time, but this was something that I would look forward to on my drive.
Simon Vance does a true star turn in his reading.. Every character is perfectly portrayed, and Dickens wonderful writing comes to vivid life. Superb!!
#1. Simon Vance's narration is nothing short of genius. He brings so much color and life to the various characters with his voices and accents that the story positively comes to life.
Tommy Traddles? Dr. Strong? Dan Peggotty? All brilliant as is Uriah Heep and David Copperfield himself. But Betsey Trotwood takes it. Her mixture of severity, idiosyncrasy and compassion and of course her heroic protection of young Davey made her my favorite.
Best scene was Betsey Trotwood telling off the cruel Murdstones and undertaking to become Davey's lifelong protector. Very satisfying.
Yes! But that would be some marathon. Almost every day as I arrived at work or home, I was sorry to leave off for a time.