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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I really enjoyed listening to this classic, one of my favorites I read as a teenager. I don't know that I would have read the print version again. But I will listen to this audio again.
I have always remembered "Barkus is willing" as my favorite part of this story. The simplicity and warmth of that love story is enchanting to me.
Betsy Trotwood and Dick
Audio is a delightful way to bring new life to old classics
Enchanting, engrossing, enjoyable.
Great Expectations. Similar theme of growth of young character.
A Grand Epic
Lovely characters and descriptions, so typical of Dickens.
I think I bought this book only because it was on sale and I figured I should read some of the classics. I had some trepidation because I started reading Bleak House (a regular book, not an audio book) once and gave up. But I found this audio book to be thoroughly enjoyable and plowed through it with no problem. Simon Vance did an amazing job with the narration.
I read this book 30 years ago and it remains my favorite book by Dickens. Listening to it made it come alive.
Simon Vance is the best narrator that I have heard yet. He has so many voices that it was easy to keep all of the characters separate. His characterizations of Uriah Heep and Mr. Micawber were worth the price of the book.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
What a L-O--N---G book! --about 37 hours of listening (can you imagine narrating it?!)
While I enjoyed Simon Vance's expert narration and characterization of the Dickens characters, I can't say that I loved listening to this book. All that Victorian prose...and, frankly, the way that Dickens and men of his time regarded women was awaful. (Women needing to have their 'minds formed', and serving as the 'moral center' of a home, or flittering about like 'little birds' all the time.)
While Dickens certainly created memorable characters, I can't say that I liked David Copperfield very much at all.
Having listened to A tale of two cities and not really enjoying it, I was really not looking forward to a book by the same author that was twice as long. I was shocked to find this one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Dickens's characters are so well developed, it's mind boggling. Even the ridiculously cartoonish ones (of which there are a few) leap to life and demand to be taken seriously. And yet, it's all wrapped up in this package of pure, dry, British wit that makes it fresh and funny. That being said there are heart-wrenching moments too. I admit to having a very large lump in my throat at a couple occasions. The performance is the other thing. I almost never notice the reader because I get so lost in the stories, but Vance's performance demands your attention in a good way. I was always lost in the story but also always aware of the skill and deftness with which Vance guided me through the book. I can honestly say I wouldn't have enjoyed the book half so much without Vance's tones of voice and delivering the various bits of humor with the exact degree of dryness they require. I honestly can't recommend this book enough!
I genunienely laughed out loud and was moved, touched, entertained and uplifted by this wonderful tale by Charles Dickens. Vance's narration brings out the many subtleties, flourishes, beauty and the fun and wit of Dickens' language; the deep characterization and cracking plot will keep you completely hooked.
A classic Dickens novel.
Even if you know the story from film/TV adaptations, I think it adds a deeper perspective to actually read the book.
I think Simon Vance's reading does justice to the variety of characters in this novel.
As I was basically familiar with the story beforehand there were no great surprises but I think in the novel David's credulousness stands out more and forces the reader to question and re-question whether this is for better for for worse.
honesty, faith and humor
Anne of Green Gables series
the journey the little Copperfield took to his aunt in order to find a better life and meeting all sorts of strange people
There were many moments which moved me, but if I chose that was the serene scenery that I saw through the eyes of the boy David Copperfield.
I thought the reading by Mr Simon Vance was so good. One of the very bests. He should be acknowledged and praised.
The story tells simply that good people flourish and bad people get punished. It is nice to see how that happens even in a fiction.
"David Copperfield (unabridged) read by Simon Vance"
This is Dickens at its very best and I am savoring every chapter. I thought I knew the book from screen versions but there is so much more to enjoy in this unabridged recording. Simon Vance is the perfect reader and brilliantly brings to life the personalities of the characters in the way he reproduces the dialogue by maintaining a perfect balance of idiosyncracy and credibility.
Brilliantly read with epic story
how he sorted out his life in difficult circumstances
No, but I will be doing
Time spent with Peggoty
Never been a Dickens fan, but this book changed my view. I would definitely recommend it, it was excellent
"Great classic enhanced by wonderful narration."
This was a pure pleasure from beginning to end. Simon Vance has a unique voice for each character and has a really clear voice that is easy to listen to.
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