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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
Martin Jarvis made this "read" one of the most pleasurable of my life. He moves seemingly effortlessly, seamlessly, through voice after voice. I've never called anything a tour de force before, but I'm pretty sure this is it!
Very enjoyable Martin Javis at his very best and , of couse, a classic story
"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.
"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!!
"A meaty book well worth the time it takes."
Dickens had the gift of story telling, the characters are well rounded and buzzing with life. It is a story that takes one on a journey.
The thing i like best about this story is the picture of life outside and around the main character, its full of depth that fill ones senses to the brim.
i cannot remember if i have heard this narrator previously, however i felt that he did a fine job of story-telling; evey character had a life and a voice of their own and the story flowed nicely along.
I was rubbing my hands together knowing that Uriah Heep was destined to end up in jail waiting to be transported far away. Such a detestable character but one that can easily placed in any time frame.
If you like Dickens but this is a story that you have only seen on television or as a film then you really must read the book, there is so much more to discover.
"The Brilliant, The Unlikely and The Windy"
Probably not. There are briefer and sharper tales
Lacks the complexity and strangeness of Our Mutual Friend and the overall brilliance of Bleak House. The first half is excellent
Lively, engaging and with an incredible range of voices
A fairly typical Dickens, passages of brilliance, humour and tragedy. Dramatic and sentimental, often over done. Some excellent characters eg Mr Micawber, but then some are frankly irritating eg Mrs Micawber. The co-incidental meetings at times are quite unbelievable. As with other Dickens the story starts to drag at about the 3/4 mark.
Still that's Dickens isn't it - using 1000 words where 10 would have done.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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