At 34 hours in length, this is quite an undertaking, but there's no one better qualified than Simon Vance to lead us through this audio journey. He parses the author's long sentences well, pausing sufficiently to make the details easy to follow while still maintaining a quick enough pace to keep the story going. Most enjoyable is his voicing of the myriad characters who appear in the narrative - and characters they certainly are. Vance times their occasionally hilarious exchanges especially well. All of this is delivered in a manner that suggests that Vance revels in Dickens's prose and sly humor, and the listener cannot help but revel along with him. Three cheers for Vance - and not the least for his stamina!
In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his "favorite child" - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure.
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Not better, but just as good and I can accomplish all kinds of things and I never have to put the book down!
It has so many wonderful characters and is full of beautiful timeless advice for living life right.
Loved the different voices for the characters and I loved that he has a British accent it made the story even more authentic.
Most of the scenes where Mr Dick plays a big role, but most of all the scene where Traddles takes up for the school teacher and the scene where Aunt Betsy Trotwood tells the Murdstones what she thinks of them.
Beautifully written with many wonderful examples of great people and evil people also. He tells us about outer beauty being much more important than inner beauty in several characters. Stresses the importance of good moral character and the dangers of false christians. He shows us what a true christian is and the wonderful blessings God bestows on them. Dickens even shows how working hard and persevering always pays off and that we enjoy things more for it----he writes a lot about the evils of debt and that is something we as a country truly need a lesson on.
This is definitely on of my favorites.
Great narrator. Wonderful change in tones and voices.
The end. I love when a story completes itself. There were no strings left untied and the story ending perfectly happen as all stories should end. I am a hopeless romantic and this book plays right along with all of my romantic tendencies.
Loved this book! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves a great story.
Simon Vance's performance was full of feeling and rhythmical dialect. From young 'Master Davey' to all the very colorful characters that surround young Copperfield in his search for belonging and home. Dickens paints wonderful scenery and feeling with his pen from chapter to chapter and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Great for the entire family.
David Copperfield is a masterfully constructed story with vivid characters, dramatic struggles, love and loss. Set in the form of a first person memoire David Copperfield follows a man's life, tracking his loss's, joys and aspirations as he struggles to find his place and happiness. Simon Vance does a fantastic job of the narration bringing the characters and their emotions to life in all of their glory, doing justice to this classic.
A satisfying classic.
Insight into the differences between Victorian and modern attitudes. Sometimes I liked theirs better! Loyalty, honor and patience were so highly valued. And people who behaved badly mostly reaped the consequences.
His voice suits the subject matter perfectly - measured and modulated, but capable of intensity, while it is possible to distinguish several versions of accent and tone to represent the various characters.
It is a long book, which can be a detriment for reading - it's hard to find the time. But it makes the audiobook great value: many hours of entertainment for a single credit!
Would highly recommend this book.
All the characters have depth and engaged my emotions - loved some, hated one, cried with several.
Wonderful and complex portrayal of the characters with his many voices, accents and dialects.
too long to listening to in one sitting, but hated to put it down.
Couple Dickens at the height of his powers with a practiced and nimble narrator like Vance and the result is magic, a before-you-can-blink transport to the harsh social and economic juggernaut that was Victorian England. Vance's vocal maturity and manifest creativity yield captivating characters and bring the page to life. A masterful rendering.
This version was extremely well narrated. Although this is not my favorite Dickens novel, it is fun and engrossing and was a real pleasure to listen to.
the narrators voice has overall been excellent.
He has performed admirably to broadcast this classic which is really beyond reproach
not finished listening yet.
justice does excist
not finished listening yet but what great expectations.
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