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David Copperfield Audiobook

David Copperfield

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Audible Editor Reviews

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!

Publisher's Summary

David Copperfield is the quintessential novel by England's most beloved novelist. Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he encounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber - a character resembling Dickens's own father.

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.

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2009 Tantor

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    "Excellent narration elevates listener to ecstasy"

    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.

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    If you could sum up David Copperfield in three words, what would they be?

    A classic Dickens novel.


    Would you recommend David Copperfield to your friends? Why or why not?

    Even if you know the story from film/TV adaptations, I think it adds a deeper perspective to actually read the book.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Simon Vance's reading does justice to the variety of characters in this novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 10-24-12
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    "What an enjoyable listening !"
    If you could sum up David Copperfield in three words, what would they be?

    honesty, faith and humor


    What other book might you compare David Copperfield to and why?

    Anne of Green Gables series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the journey the little Copperfield took to his aunt in order to find a better life and meeting all sorts of strange people


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    C Noreña, Spain 10-19-12
    C Noreña, Spain 10-19-12
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    "Wonderful!! Enjoyable!"

    Of course, the book is a favorite and a classic. The reader was wonderful. Such a pleasure.

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    Abarry United States 10-18-12
    Abarry United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but just as good and I can accomplish all kinds of things and I never have to put the book down!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has so many wonderful characters and is full of beautiful timeless advice for living life right.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Loved the different voices for the characters and I loved that he has a British accent it made the story even more authentic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    tracy Conyers, GA, United States 10-08-12
    tracy Conyers, GA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "There is a reason this is a classic!"
    Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely on of my favorites.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator. Wonderful change in tones and voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves a great story.

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    Deanna Las Vegas, NV, USA 09-22-12
    Deanna Las Vegas, NV, USA 09-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED IT!"

    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.

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    Ben Brisbane, Australia 09-12-12
    Ben Brisbane, Australia 09-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A fantastic classic beautifully delivered"

    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.

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    Diane Sklensky Syracuse, NY USA 09-10-12
    Diane Sklensky Syracuse, NY USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Truly Enjoyed This Story"
    Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A satisfying classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Mark United States 09-03-12
    Mark United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding story and narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would highly recommend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters have depth and engaged my emotions - loved some, hated one, cried with several.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful and complex portrayal of the characters with his many voices, accents and dialects.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    too long to listening to in one sitting, but hated to put it down.


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