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What can one say about Dickens' masterpiece that hasn't been said already? I'd just like to recommend it to every woman in this day and age who says she's "not a feminist," so that any one who makes this claim can be absolutely certain about what she'd be happy to give up. The guilt and shame that Little Em'ly had to live with for the rest of her life because she allowed herself to feel sexual attraction to someone other than the cousin she had grown up with as a brother... the way Mr Murdstone could freely harass his wives to death with no one to intervene on behalf of them...the way even the stronger, happier women, such as Mrs. Macawber, had to preface every statement of opinion with some self-effacing comment about being only a woman and so perhaps not conversant on these issues - just to name a few examples. What a look this is at a society where women have no power.
Mainly I would like to add to the chorus of praise for this narrator. Martin Jarvis successfully creates a different voice for every character - and any one who's read Dickens knows that is a major accomplishment. He is so good at this that the listener knows instantly who is speaking, even when the narration doesn't immediately identify the character. His voice and skill at evoking emotion are a perfect match for this text. Well done, Audible - can I put in my suggestion that when you are looking for someone to do the unabridged Lord of the Rings, that Mr. Jarvis be first on your list? I can just imagine what he would do with that cast of characters!
Of the more than 100 audiobooks to which I've listened, Martin Jarvis's reading is the best I've heard. He captures Dickens's characters as though he were putting on a master class in acting. But he manages to leave the reader/listener room to imagine the characters, too. There is not a missed note in the entire performance. There were many great characters, but I enjoyed Jarvis's rendering of Mr. Micawber the most. This is well worth the listen.
Dickens was well known in his day for giving lively, dramatic readings of his books--how he would have been delighted with Martin Jarvis's performance! Each of the colorful characters has an instantly identifiable voice, and all the nuances of class and region are beautifully done. Even the voices of the women are incredible--especially Dora's. As I listened, I could easily picture David's tiny, slight, blue-eyed "child wife." Bravo, Mr. Jarvis. I'll be looking for more of your performances!
What a great book with a great array of well described characters, I did not want this book to end. Dickens was truly a master of his craft,
Wonderful story, very good narration...Martin Jarvis handled each of the different characters with different intonations and did it consistently
Beautiful piece of literature and the narrator does an absolutely beautiful job! I really enjoyed his performance. Absolutely recommended to listen!
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.
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
"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.
A great classic. Kept me interested from start to finish. A must listen. Best book I have purchased on Audible yet.
This was a absolute joy to listen to - Martin Jarvis is an incredible narrator managing to sustain a large number of characters with voices that, for me, were completely true to character - his voice is so versatile. The enormous pleasure of Dickens for me is how the mid-nineteenth century is brought to life, you feel completely involved in the characters' lives and although it can be a little lacking in subtlety at times - I don't care - it's just a great story!
A very easy way to get through the book. I love reading but often struggle with Dickens, this is an easy way to get through it and the narration is also very good, so good you don't really notice it and are simply engaged in the story.
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