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Matt

Christchurch, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (695)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Deeply moved"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Life changing. This book impacted me deeply and Simons reading is very good. I would listen to anything he reads with assurance of a job well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Micawber - HEAP!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas More
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Utopia is the name given by Sir Thomas More to an imaginary island in this political work written in 1516. Book I of Utopia, a dialogue, presents a perceptive analysis of contemporary social, economic, and moral ills in England. Book II is a narrative describing a country run according to the ideals of the English humanists, where poverty, crime, injustice, and other ills do not exist.

    Darwin8u says: "More's unobtainable vision of the ideal society"
    "Good story, average reading"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Utopia?

    Its is an interesting look into creating a perfect society and some of the ideas sound valid but certainly do require some discussion. I think some fundamental aspects of human nature make Utopia an impossibility - well worth listening and discussing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?

    Simon Vance would have done this book fabulously - Mr Adams fails to bring any distinction between any of the characters and tends to run them together which makes following the text a little tricky. Buy the book - but from another reader.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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