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David Copperfield | [Charles Dickens]

David Copperfield

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.
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When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Alexis Spring, TX, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-20-09
    Alexis Spring, TX, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-20-09
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    "Excellent Story, Delightful Performance!"

    This is a wonderful book. I'm so glad I got it as an audible because the performance is so very enjoyable. The narrator does the best voices! I couldn't have imagined the voices nearly as well as he performs them. The pace is perfect. The characters are very well developed and so fun to get to know. I think any person of any age would enjoy listening to this wonderful book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    07-05-09
    07-05-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful!"

    This very talented reader gets all of the characters--from Aunt Betsy to Wilkins Micawber--just right. Dickens would have approved of this fine performance of his favorite novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donny Cottage Grove, MN, USA 04-04-09
    Donny Cottage Grove, MN, USA 04-04-09
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    "loved it"

    This is a great classic. The man who does the reading is brilliant at capturing the essence of each character by using different voices for each character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirby Manotick, Ontario, Canada 01-20-09
    Kirby Manotick, Ontario, Canada 01-20-09
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    "Great Voices!"

    Copperfield is, of course, widely regarded as Dickens' best story and this is a great version of it. This narrator has a remarkable range of accents and voices and he maintains them in amazing consistency. Even if the story was not very good the narration would carry it forward. Barvo!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-27-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "His Favourite Child"

    "'Good day, sir,' said my aunt, 'and good-bye! Good day to you, too, ma'am,' said my aunt, turning suddenly upon his sister. 'Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and as sure as you have a head upon your shoulders, I'll knock your bonnet off, and tread upon it!'

    It would require a painter, and no common painter too, to depict my aunt's face as she delivered herself of this very unexpected sentiment, and Miss Murdstone's face as she heard it. But the manner of the speech, no less than the matter, was so fiery, that Miss Murdstone, without a word in answer, discreetly put her arm through her brother's, and walked haughtily out of the cottage; my aunt remaining in the window looking after them; prepared, I have no doubt, in case of the donkey's reappearance, to carry her threat into instant execution."

    The above is taken from chapter 14: MY AUNT MAKES UP HER MIND ABOUT ME, which I found so funny that I listened to it over and over again so I could take in every nuance of this speech delivered by one of the novel's most colourful characters, albeit she was one of several.


    This is Dicken's epic and semi-autobigraphical story about young David Copperfield, born six months after his father's passing, who suffered a miserable childhood during which he was abused by his mother's tyrannical new husband Edward Murdstone and his sister, who separated him from his beloved mother and sent him to a school where punishments were handed out violently and frequently. When David's still young mother passes away, Edward Murdstone, far from showing any compassion, puts nine-year-old David to work at a menial job in a factory in London, where he is left to fend for himself on a meagre salary. David eventually decides to escape and makes a long difficult journey to seek out his great aunt Betsey Trottwood. This wonderful character takes David under her wing and gives him a loving home and an education until he is ready to pursue his studies toward a respectable career. As a young man, David falls in love repeatedly and eventually becomes obsessed with Dora Spenlow, a young lady he is determined to marry one day. The novel takes us through many twists and turns and introduces a great number of fascinating characters, some most likeable, some delightfully wicked, with many plot lines which are all resolved toward the end of the novel, when David, now a well-known writer, has gained in maturity and found his heart's desire.

    We all know that Dickens was verbose and he did not disappoint in that respect with this novel, which he considered to be his favourite child. I too found much to like with this story and was delighted with the overall light tone and David's good nature even as he went through incredible difficulties.

    I strongly recommend this version wonderfully performed by Martin Jarvis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-17-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-17-12 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "DICKENS BEST"

    I've read all of Dickens novels, Many more than once, and the best as far as I'm concerned is David Copperfield. So many great characters and so many great twists and turns. It is quite hard to pick a favorite because almost all of his books are so remarkable, and in audible with a top notch narrator they are a uniquely enriching experience!!

    There are so many unique characters in Dickens novels and that presents an opportunity to separate those truly gifted narrators from the pack. They produce something so special that youll have no problem calling them great artists. Jarvis does a great job on this one. I highly recommend it. Dickens and audible are made for each other!

    My favorite Dickens narration was Little Dorrit narrated by Anton Lesser. I envy you if your just starting to listen to Dickens on audible, you have many treasures in store!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent listen"

    This was an excellent listen. The narrator did a fabulous job with pace, diction, and especially characterization. I highly recommend it.

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    Abbie New Bedford, MA, United States 08-02-10
    Abbie New Bedford, MA, United States 08-02-10
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    "Famously Unforgettable Characters"

    A most enjoyable Dickens novel, read by Martin Jarvis, a superior narrator. Appearing herein is Wilkins Micawber, perhaps the fictional character most alluded to by writers, politicians, and generals since his presentation to the world in 1850. However, this book also gives us Uriah Heep, alluded to fairly often; Aunt Betsy, a stout Victorian lib who obsessively chases donkeys off her lawn; Peggity; Barkus "is willin"; and the dreadful Murdstones, just to name a few. Many characters are masterfully interwoven in plots and sub-plots. As expected in Dickens' novels, the good are very good, and the bad very bad. Martin Jarvis carries them all, with an appropriate voice for each. Every narrator should be as good as Jarvis. The only character and sub-plot I could have wished less of is Dora. Copperfield's mooning on and on about her gets tiring, but that's my own preference and shouldn't influence others' perceptions of the characters. For sheer entertainment, this is one of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Mrtin Jarvis deserves an award"

    This is the best reading of ANY book I have yet come across. The fact that it is a wonderful book helps, but Martin Jarvis is a one-man show. He does a remarkable job with a huge cast of characters, without making it seem too "theatrical." If you are looking to read or reread a classic- don't miss this one.

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    Liza Keswick, VA, United States 04-11-10
    Liza Keswick, VA, United States 04-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "AMAZING NARRATION"

    Martin Jarvis does justice to this wonderful , rich, and engrossing story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rob
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    4/8/13
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    "Classic story with engaging narration"

    Having never read any Dickens before I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It's a long narration but Martin Jarvis really does an excellent job bringing each of the characters alive in a distinct and engaging manner (so much so that my young kids also enjoyed listening). Probably the most enjoyable book I've listened to so far.

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  • Joanna
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    9/3/12
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    "Did it, at last!"

    I've read a lot of books, and listened to quite a few, but this was the first Dickens one I have tackled. It was..........enjoyable! Not at all "hard" and certainly not a chore. The narration was pretty phenomenal. The majority of characters were instantly recognisable from their voice alone. To start with, I found his delivery a little overly jocular and his voice reminded me of the guy who reads the Just William stories, but this feeling wore off as the story became less bleak and more comic. Have to admit that the way Dickens wrote is a bit long winded, and dramatic for my modern ears and the characters are strongly caricatured. It is a fine book though, as everyone knows, especially those who have not read it!!

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  • Steve
    SHIFNAL, United Kingdom
    4/19/13
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    "Wow"

    OMG - I adored this book - I always thought old writers couldn't engage me how wrong I was.



    The character depth and story detail keep you fully engaged even when nothing is going on.



    Absolutely SUPERB!!!!!

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  • Chris Byrd
    Scotland
    4/14/13
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    "Brilliant reading of a great novel"

    I can't imagine a better reading of this great novel than Martin Jarvis's. He brings each of the large cast of characters vividly to life, and paces the book perfectly so that the forward momentum is constantly maintained (crucial in such a large book). A perfect introduction to Dickens on audiobook for anyone who hasn't tried him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Burford
    Telford, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "An unforgettable tale, exceptionally narrated."

    Few would doubt the quality of the writings of Charles Dickens and this audiobook takes the enjoyment of this classic tale to new levels.



    There could be no better choice of narrator than Martin Jarvis, who brings to life each character throughout this enthralling story.



    David Copperfield takes you on an unforgettable journey through his life, which is lined with rich tapestries, sometimes sad, often humorous, always compelling.



    The quality of this work is so high that I intend to to listen to all of his works which are narrated by the sublime Martin Jarvis.



    Fans of Dickens or literature in general will not regret their purchase of this audiobook.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Oakham, United Kingdom
    2/10/13
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    "Suberb Narration"

    This is a story I knew well but had never actually read. Martin Jarvis brings each character to life making them easy to distinguish. As a complete work the book is a great but in places can be dull - in a Dickens way. The narration easily overcomes this. Recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Ferndown, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Loved it!"

    Martin Jarvis is excellent once again and really brings the story to life. Although it is a long book I didn't lose interest and loved the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsten
    Alnwick, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Magical!"

    My husband is a Dickens fan but I have never managed to get very far with it. I heard someone on the radio talking about audiobooks V books and they recommended listening to Dickens rather than reading him. My better read friends at work recommended David Copperfield and the rest is history. Martin Jarvis is a fantastic reader and brought all the characters to life superbly. Who knew Dickens had a sense of humour......? Not me!!!! Marvellous, highly recommended, especially if you have always avoided Dickens in print.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Lisbellaw, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Hilarious"

    Many years ago a friend told me that they read Dickens as his books were very funny. My exposure to Dickens had been on TV and this did not add up. Upon hearing the full book brought alive by the excellent Martin Jarvis, I have not enough praise for the man. Dickens brings characters alive, creating personalities that expose credible caricatures of the sorts of traits seen in everyday life. Send the Dickens omnibus into space so that Aliens can know us

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Johanna
    BathUnited Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Great story, brilliant narration"

    This classic Dickens is bought wonderfully to life by the excellent narrator. All the very many characters are given exactly the right tone and expression - David himself is always boyish and full of life, Uriah Heep is perfectly odious and creeping and the homly voices of Mr Peggerty and Ham are a delight to listen to. I've listened to many audiobooks, but have never finished one having so high a respect for the talents of a narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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