How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
Now I can say I've read it! It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I spent many late nights. If you can't read Dickens, please do yourself a favor and listen to him!
I, too, am a great fan of Robert Whitfield and I go to great lengths to obtain his recordings. It is very hard to avoid David Case, whose narration always sounds so insufferably stuck up.
But, Joseph in Austin, I have the ironic duty to inform you that, just as David case and Frederick Davidson are the same person, Robert Whitfield and Simon Vance are one and the same.
Wonderful job as always.
books & coffee
While this isn't my favorite Dickens' book I've read, I definitely enjoyed it. For me, the audio book narrator has a big impact on my enjoyment of the book. Simon Vance was excellent and I have already sought out additional books he has narrated.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
I enjoyed this book very much and am listening again to catch more details. The narrator is very good. I think this may be Dickens' masterpiece. There are a few tiresome, negative, diabolical, ugly, mooching and under-handed characters. And bad things do happen to good people. All in all, though, the really bad folks get their come-uppance. Alas, I saw a bit of myself in Dora and I was most satisfied when Davey FINALLY chose a proper second wife for himself. Dickens winds it up nicely. I will listen again and again to this one.
Addicted to books, both print and audio-.
I'm not sure I could live without Simon Vance (the narrator). Between Dickens's characters and Vance's interpretations of them, we are given this gift of "David Copperfield" brought to life. The only downside of this book for me is that Dickens strays from time to time into more sentimentality than seems believable, but this is a quibble. Vance's characterizations of the Macawber family and of Betsey Trotwood are hysterical. There is, of course, plenty of heartbreak in the book, and I found myself genuinely touched by many scenes. This is one heck of a great way to experience "David Copperfield."
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
David Copperfield, read by Simon Vance (aka Robert Whitfield), is a superb audiobook. The classic story is wonderfully addicting, possessing as it does a plethora of memorable characters, each with his/her own way of speaking, appearing, and being; countless humorous, suspenseful, or moving moments; countless apt descriptions and witty lines; and plenty of themes relevant to Victorian England or to the human condition. Even minor scenes like a dinner party at which a collection of upper-class snobs talk like vampires about their desire for "blood" or brief lines like Uriah Heep saying, "But lawyers, sharks, and leeches, are not easily satisfied" entertain and illuminate.
Simon Vance does his usual effortless and effective job reading the novel, changing his voice perfectly for the wide range of different characters. Hearing Mr. Murdstone firmly tyrannizing, Mr. Micawber grandiloquently speechifying, Mr. Peggotty sea-saltily understanding, Uriah Heep 'umbly fawning, Agnes angelically advising, Dora childishly babbling, Steerforth irresponsibly charming, Miss Dartle sarcastically attacking, or any of the other characters saying any of their savory lines in their distinctive voices is a pure pleasure.
David Copperfield ??? Charles Dickens
I think I first met David Copperfield about 40 years ago. I???ve read and reread this book many times. I was very, very choosey when it came to investing time and money on an audio version. Simon Vance did not let me down, and performing this book must have been a gargantuan task. Every voice from the incurable Mr. Micawber to the obscure Miss Mowcher was exactly as I expected them to be. Some of his female voices simpered annoyingly, but then the characters simper annoyingly so that is as it should be. Vance???s interpretations of Miss Betsy (???Janet! Donkeys! ), and Mrs. Micawber (???I never will desert you, Micawber!) were perfect. When David tried to sell his jacket to the dreadful old man (Oh, my lungs and liver, what do you want? Oh, goroo, gorooo), Vance had me feeling so scared I wanted to run away myself.
This book is so full of wonderful characters and so many little alleyways of sub-plots that I???ve always forgotten bits of it between readings. Listening instead of reading forced my attention to descriptive nuances that I might have missed. I remembered, of course, how slimy and despicable Uriah Heep was, but I???d forgotten how sarcastically funny he could be.
(???You know what I want??? said my aunt. ???A straight-waistcoat,??? said he.) I???d completely forgotten Miss Mowcher and her revenge on the evil Mr. Littimer.
Now I???m completely filled up with David Copperfield trivia. I highly recommend this book and this recording.
Dickens is a master of words -- the way he uses a turn of phrase, writes pictures with words and transitions among numerous characters is very impressive.
David Copperfield's aunt -- she is awesome!
I have not. But I definitely will. He is truly talented. I have no idea how he did such a good job!
Great story and great story line.
This was the best narrator I have ever heard. Not only did he do voices that made you believe he was the characters, but he also put appropriate expressions when warranted -- it was truly impressive and I would recommend listening to this book for the narration even if you are not sold on Dickens!