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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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    Pauline 03-04-13
    Pauline 03-04-13
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    "Classic enjoyment"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David Copperfield?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Betsy Trotwood and Dick


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Audio is a delightful way to bring new life to old classics

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    Gerry Newcastle, Australia 02-19-13
    Gerry Newcastle, Australia 02-19-13
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    "Enchanting Characters and a captivating story."
    If you could sum up David Copperfield in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, engrossing, enjoyable.


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

    Great Expectations. Similar theme of growth of young character.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Uriah Heap


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Grand Epic


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely characters and descriptions, so typical of Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-15-13
    Amazon Customer United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story and Narration"

    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.

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    John Sydney, Australia 02-11-13
    John Sydney, Australia 02-11-13
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    "My unlikely favourite"

    I never thought I'd say this about a classic - I'm into fast-paced action novels - but this has turned out to be possibly the best book I've read.

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    David Amarillo, TX, United States 01-07-13
    David Amarillo, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The Best"
    What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

    I read this book 30 years ago and it remains my favorite book by Dickens. Listening to it made it come alive.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    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.
    Outstanding!


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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Best Way to Read Copperfield"

    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.

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    HamFam 12-05-12
    HamFam 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, Great performance!"

    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!

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    Ingrid 11-13-12
    Ingrid 11-13-12
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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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    MonicaT 10-29-12
    MonicaT 10-29-12
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    "David Copperfield"
    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
    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 10-24-12 Member Since 2012
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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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  • Alan
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    4/13/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    3/31/14
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    "Excellent"
    What did you like most about David Copperfield?

    Brilliantly read with epic story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David Copperfield?

    how he sorted out his life in difficult circumstances


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will be doing


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

    Time spent with Peggoty


    Any additional comments?

    Never been a Dickens fan, but this book changed my view. I would definitely recommend it, it was excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    Dublin, Ireland
    6/5/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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