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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.

Public Domain ©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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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    Karen 07-05-09
    Karen 07-05-09 Member Since 2013
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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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    Teresa 06-08-12
    Teresa 06-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "David Cooperfield"

    Found the book to be very enjoyable. Laughed and cried. The narrator for the most part was very good. However, I found when he did some of the female voice, it grated on my nerves. Other than that, very good listen.

    1 of 1 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 2015

    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 2014

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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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!!

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    BDeck 10-26-10
    BDeck 10-26-10 Member Since 2011
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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 08-02-10
    Abbie 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.

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    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2011
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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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  • Linda
    Monterubbiano, Italy
    7/27/15
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    "David copper field"
    What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

    I find listening to audio books very enjoyable. I have tried reading David Copperfield on several occasions but have never managed more than 2 or 3 chapters. To have it read to me by the wonderful Martin Jarvis was a pleasure.


    What other book might you compare David Copperfield to, and why?

    At the moment I am listening to Jane Eyre and there are certain similarities in that they are both about people looking back on their lives


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It is not really one scene but I enjoyed David's arrival at his aunt's house,the settling in and the donkeys.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, mainly to do with deaths but also when David walked from London to find his aunt.


    Any additional comments?

    I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this book. I feel Dickens is best listened to because when it is read by a good actor the characters really come to life. I am very pleased to note that Martin Jarvis has recorded several other works by Dickens which I am looking forward to listening to.

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  • Mrs
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    "Truely a great read"

    Just like all the Dickens I have read before we start with a good solid base description of the characters that builds to a great story

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  • Martin
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    "excellent classic, brilliant narrator"

    encouraged me to read more dickens, only one I'd read before was great expectations at school

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  • Ms. C. Adams
    7/6/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Fantastic story read by the amazing Martin Jarvis who has such a talent at bringing each character to life.

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  • Samantha Clarke
    5/27/15
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    "First class narration"

    A must for all Dickens enthusiasts. And Martin Jarvis is first class. Hadn't heard any of his narrations before. Delighted to see he's done absolutely loads, many of which are on my wish list. Shall be hearing a lot more of Mr Jarvis's voice in the coming months.

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  • Adrian M Thorne
    5/21/15
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    "Excellent!"

    One of the finest stories, and superbly delivered by Martin Jarvis. Can't rate it highly enough.

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  • Simon
    4/7/15
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    "Quite simply, brilliant."

    Martin Jarvis is excellent and brings this amazing book to life. Almost as good as reading the book itself.

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  • Mr. J. Pantsjoha
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    2/11/15
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    "Fantastic"

    I would definitely not been able to read this so well-english written book.
    Incredible, narrator is 10/10, legendary individual who breathes being in a character with their bespoke accepts and class act.
    This book is long as I found but since it was always designed to be read in passages, stories, I have taken my time with it for which I am extremely grateful.

    A very satisfying tear-inspiring ending too.

    Reading/narration:
    True to word, overwhelmed.
    Better than expected.
    10/10

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  • Margaret
    1/3/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Very enjoyable Martin Javis at his very best and , of couse, a classic story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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