I think I bought this book only because it was on sale and I figured I should read some of the classics. I had some trepidation because I started reading Bleak House (a regular book, not an audio book) once and gave up. But I found this audio book to be thoroughly enjoyable and plowed through it with no problem. Simon Vance did an amazing job with the narration.
I read this book 30 years ago and it remains my favorite book by Dickens. Listening to it made it come alive.
Simon Vance is the best narrator that I have heard yet. He has so many voices that it was easy to keep all of the characters separate. His characterizations of Uriah Heep and Mr. Micawber were worth the price of the book.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
What a L-O--N---G book! --about 37 hours of listening (can you imagine narrating it?!)
While I enjoyed Simon Vance's expert narration and characterization of the Dickens characters, I can't say that I loved listening to this book. All that Victorian prose...and, frankly, the way that Dickens and men of his time regarded women was awaful. (Women needing to have their 'minds formed', and serving as the 'moral center' of a home, or flittering about like 'little birds' all the time.)
While Dickens certainly created memorable characters, I can't say that I liked David Copperfield very much at all.
Having listened to A tale of two cities and not really enjoying it, I was really not looking forward to a book by the same author that was twice as long. I was shocked to find this one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Dickens's characters are so well developed, it's mind boggling. Even the ridiculously cartoonish ones (of which there are a few) leap to life and demand to be taken seriously. And yet, it's all wrapped up in this package of pure, dry, British wit that makes it fresh and funny. That being said there are heart-wrenching moments too. I admit to having a very large lump in my throat at a couple occasions. The performance is the other thing. I almost never notice the reader because I get so lost in the stories, but Vance's performance demands your attention in a good way. I was always lost in the story but also always aware of the skill and deftness with which Vance guided me through the book. I can honestly say I wouldn't have enjoyed the book half so much without Vance's tones of voice and delivering the various bits of humor with the exact degree of dryness they require. I honestly can't recommend this book enough!
I genunienely laughed out loud and was moved, touched, entertained and uplifted by this wonderful tale by Charles Dickens. Vance's narration brings out the many subtleties, flourishes, beauty and the fun and wit of Dickens' language; the deep characterization and cracking plot will keep you completely hooked.
A classic Dickens novel.
Even if you know the story from film/TV adaptations, I think it adds a deeper perspective to actually read the book.
I think Simon Vance's reading does justice to the variety of characters in this novel.
As I was basically familiar with the story beforehand there were no great surprises but I think in the novel David's credulousness stands out more and forces the reader to question and re-question whether this is for better for for worse.
honesty, faith and humor
Anne of Green Gables series
the journey the little Copperfield took to his aunt in order to find a better life and meeting all sorts of strange people
There were many moments which moved me, but if I chose that was the serene scenery that I saw through the eyes of the boy David Copperfield.
I thought the reading by Mr Simon Vance was so good. One of the very bests. He should be acknowledged and praised.
The story tells simply that good people flourish and bad people get punished. It is nice to see how that happens even in a fiction.
Not better, but just as good and I can accomplish all kinds of things and I never have to put the book down!
It has so many wonderful characters and is full of beautiful timeless advice for living life right.
Loved the different voices for the characters and I loved that he has a British accent it made the story even more authentic.
Most of the scenes where Mr Dick plays a big role, but most of all the scene where Traddles takes up for the school teacher and the scene where Aunt Betsy Trotwood tells the Murdstones what she thinks of them.
Beautifully written with many wonderful examples of great people and evil people also. He tells us about outer beauty being much more important than inner beauty in several characters. Stresses the importance of good moral character and the dangers of false christians. He shows us what a true christian is and the wonderful blessings God bestows on them. Dickens even shows how working hard and persevering always pays off and that we enjoy things more for it----he writes a lot about the evils of debt and that is something we as a country truly need a lesson on.