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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
"'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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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!!
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.
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.
I would and I did! I love everything about this audiobook and it gave me its all from laugh out loud moments to teary eyes on the tube!
I love Jarvis's voice! Particularly how he swaps from one character to another, accent and all, and captures them perfectly.
"There can be no disparity in marriage like the unsuitability of mind and purpose"
"Masterly A world of characters bursting to life"
A real treat - and all through! The pace so well handled, keeping the story moving, but highighting deftly joys and sorrows and the contrasting realities of the times. Each character well defined in the reading, individual and knowable. I laughed out loud so often, but also felt the pain. Highly recommended.
Worth listening to over and over again. It makes me laugh and cry in equal measure. Beautiful, timeless and insightful, this book is wonderfully read/performed by Martin Jarvis.
"Beautifully read classic."
One cannot fault Martin Jarvis' reading; another excellent performance. Dickens goes overboard with Dora and you really want to shake David at many points in the narrative. I was also very aware of repetition for payment's sake!
Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader of Dickens work and brings the novels to life.
loved it. I will listen to it again. A master piece with great relevance today
This was another attempt to get to grips with Dickens, it failed. What a miserable story I couldn't go on as the treatment of that poor child upset me too much. Martin Jarvis read it beautifully but nothing could make me enjoy it. I realise that, to many, criticisms of Dickens are sacrilege but I cannot understand why this story is considered enjoyable, it gave me nightmares.
"What a treasure!!!"
A brilliant masterpiece, written by a story-writing Legend, and read by a master story-teller; before the great Stephen Pacey, there was ... Martin Jarvis: 'The Man With A Thousand Voices'!
There is nothing more to say, except ... that my money was very, very-well spent.
"Wonderful, in every way"
Dickens at his best: drama, comedy, romance, social comment, atmospheric description, and above all superb characterisation.
"A beautiful tale."
A quaint story that allows you to drift along in it's calm waters. Thoroughly pleasant.
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