Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dickens' celebrated classic, David Copperfield, read by Nathaniel Parker.
Humorous, dramatic, ironic and tender, David Copperfield has always been one of Dickens's most popular novels. From his boyhood at the knee of his nurse Peggotty, to the cruelties of Salem House Academy and his youthful adoration of Dora Splendow, David begins to learn about life, the world, and the heart. His path to maturity is filled with memorable characters, such as the Micawbers, Uriah Heep, Steerforth and many more. Told as 'autobiography', David Copperfield draws deeply on Dickens's own life and was his own 'favourite child' among his books.
Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives.
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I love Nathaniel Parker as a narrator, and that was the main reason I ordered this book. I didn't even notice that it said abridged below the title. Big mistake. I thought the book seemed awfully disjointed and was relieved to see that it wasn't Dickens but the abridgment to blame. My fault for not noticing, but really Nathaniel Parker's narration made it almost worth it.
It's not an easy thing to take a chainsaw to Copperfield, but the one wielded here, to abridge 30 hours into 5, is fairly graceful. The main threads are all here. Main characters are all here too, and many minor ones: Mister Dick and the donkeys are here. Gip the dog, Little Em'ly, and David's invisible sister Betsey Trotwood Copperfield are here. Barkis is here, and willin'. What's lost is the depth of self reflection, the time it takes to develop the agony at parts, such as David's runaway to his Aunt. But it's surprising how much pain and loss does indeed remain, such as Chapter 55's awful Tempest. And it's gratifying how much little unnecessary detail remains, because the gingerbread detail is what helps captivate us to the novel. But the abridgement means the story skips along, and transitions can seem abrupt. The narration by Nathaniel Parker is servicable, but frankly doesn't have deep joyful friendliness I would have liked in some characters, such as Aunt Betsey (who sounds like Monty Python doing Her Majesty) or Wilkins Macawber (who sounds like Cary Grant.) I do have the Simon Vance and Frederick Davidson narrations of the complete Copperfield and love them, especially the excellent Davidson voices. But for a good precipitate, this abridgement can fit the bill.
Easy to listen to and each of the characters totally believable that you could feel them coming out from the depths of the ipod. It brings David Copperfields whole life to life and brilliantly
Wonderful; the best Dickens in my opinion - get it, read it - you know mit makes sense!
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