Charles Dickens could turn a word with such satisfactory adeptness it gives me pleasure to listen to any portion of his works just for the word smithing. Simon Vance gives such a wonderful performance that I could listen with delight for hours on end.
"David Copperfield" follows the experiences and adventures of the title character from birth to young adulthood, when he has become a successful writer. As such, it concentrates more on the people that Copperfield interacts with than with a clearly defined plot. We are introduced to unforgettable characters, among them, the hero's evil stepfather, Mr Murdstone; the greathearted Daniel Peggoty; the feckless but charismatic James Steerforth; the slimey Uriah Heep; and the verbose and melodramatic Mr Micawber. Dickens was no slouch at describing women; here he gives us David's eccentric Aunt Betsey; his kindhearted nurse, Clara Peggoty; his child wife Dora, and the beautiful, headstrong Em'ly. These are brought to life by Simon Vance.
In addition, the settings come alive for us, whether the characters are in London,Canterbury, Yarmouth, or -- venturing abroad -- the Swiss Alps.
No, I would likely not listen again, just because there are so many other good books out there and many more books by Charles Dickens in fact that I have yet to read and want to get to...
It is difficult to not compare this book with other books by Dickens (in particular, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities (which is better in my opinion)).
Why David Cooperfield of course, although all of them are charming.
I found the parts of the book about his earlier life were the most poignant - having his own mother turned against him and the cruelty of Mr. Murdstone were chilling.
Clever. Tender. Witty.
Absolutely loved Simon Vance's narration. great job with voices and phrasing. Brings you into the story without distracting you with too many flourishes. Excellent narration.
The story. The characters. Dickens' writing. Simon Vance's voice.
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. It is the story of a young boy's journey into manhood, traversing the pitfalls of his own vulnerabilities and insecurities.
His many and extremely varied ways of giving voice to the characters in ways perfectly consistent with each person's trait.
No! This was an audiotape that I did not want to have come to an end.
I loved the rich descriptions of the people and the scenery. Dickens is a wordsmith. I loved the tale that was spun around and around in seemingly concentric circles moving forward through time carrying us with the characters as they meet again and again through time and space.
The most memorable moment for me was when David left the bottle washing and headed out for his aunts knowing not what was going to come of his trip. Maybe when Murdstone is put in his place by Davids Aunt.
I enjoyed the pace, the clarity of his voice and the fun he has with the various characters. A truly wonderful ride we were carried on by the reader.
I was particularly moved on several occasions while reading this book. I think the times when he is evaluating his decision to marry Dora post marriage when things simply aren't as he would have hoped. He married for beauty and he got beauty but not much else.
Next up, tale of two cities. I was recently inspired to begin listening to the classics, I started with Hemingway and then moved on to Dickens. This is a wonderful tale of treachery and triumph, of love found and lost and found.
Heartfelt, detailed, human.
Periodic style with well-developed personal interactions, growing in depth through the time of the story. Fruity and convoluted phrasing was good fun, but not terribly efficient at times; a product of it's time.
Uriah Heep - be he ever so humble - comes across very clearly as a grubby character.
For me it was more of a review after having read it years ago at school. Probably better with the reading of characters in the audio format, by a good narrator. A few good chuckles, but no tears.
Simon Vance is masterful in his performance of this Dickens classic. His skill at creating fully developed distinguishable characters is a delight
You have to listen more than once. The story is so intricate that it is easy to miss something while you are laughing out loud.
This is a story about true life back in the those times. Hardships that are hard to imagine today, gut wrenching tragedy and hopelessness. Told with a sense of humor that was necessary to keep you from falling into depression.
I could go on and on about Simon Vance forever plus two days. He is a true narrator. He is what every narrator should ascribe to be. So many voices to perfection. He brings characters to life so strongly, you see them, loving some and hating others just by the tone of his voice. Listening I feel so fortunate that this combination of Dickens and Vance exists.
Its hard to pick one moment. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I jeered. So many great characters you never want it to end.
Greatest thing I find about getting older is that in a few months I can go back and listen to it again and it will be just as new to me as the first time! Ahhh senility isn't so bad after all.