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.
Yes. Especially if they have long road trips ahead.
Complexity and detail
no no no no no. 32 hours?! are you kidding?
The book is lengthy but worth it. At times, I thought to give it up, but pressed on and am grateful for having done so.
I've always heard of this book, but never did get around to reading it. With audible and 2 hours of commuting a day, I could finally make the commitment to give it a go.
It is a solid work. Although not terribly exciting in terms of todays works (action, violence, sex, etc.), the story flows well and the characters are rendered exceptionally well.
As with most works of this period, they can be overly descriptive, but perhaps that is more me being a tainted b y our own societal perspective of needing brevity and speed.
As always, Simon Vance is spectacular as a narrator. He really is one of the best in the business.
Dickens' lovingly-detailed descriptions of some of the most unforgettable characters in all of modern literary history.
David Copperfield himself. He was a superb and steadfast friend to those he loved and who had helped him when he was young. He was also an indefatigable foe of those who deceived and misused other people. In short, he was a prince.
The scene which precipitated the downfall of Mr. Heep.
No, it would be nearly impossible.
This was my favorite of all Dickens' Audible books I've listened to thus far. Simon Vance is the BEST reader I can imagine.
Saying that Dickens is an incredibly talented author is redundant. Simon Vance though is a surprise. He is an incredibly talented narrator who vividly brings alive this wonderful novel. I have listened to many audible books, but this is now my favourite.
I enjoyed the characters that Dickens created. I also appreciated the social comment made by "David Copperfield" on the morals and standards of Victorian era.
This was a great find. David Cooperfield is one of the great books and Simon Vance does a fantastic job of reading it. A real pleasure.
What a great combination. A wonderful story, wonderfully funny and touching, wonderfully read. If you haven't yet, you really should. Enjoy!
I would and have recommended this audiobook to a friend. Simon Vance's narration really made the characters come alive. It's amazing how he rendered such distinct voices and personalities in a book with so many characters. I never was confused about which character was speaking. And the tone of the voices seemed just right regardless of gender.
I loved when Miss Betsy Trotwood confronted Mister Murdstone and his sister and refused to let them take David from her home. It was great to see that evil pair get their comeuppance from Miss Betsy with the help of Mister Dick.
I love when David meets Pegetty's family in their home on the beach crafted from an old boat. All the characters are so vivid and wonderful and are a breath of fresh air amidst the dark suffering in David's life.
It made me laugh aloud a few times AND cry.
The financial schemes which beleaguer so many Victorians in this book can seem a bit familiar when compared to the hard times we're experiencing these days. I found I understood more about where the characters were coming from than I did when I read this decades ago. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read classic literature with vivid characters set in Victorian times. And this version is, in my opinion, wonderfully done.