Dickens called David Copperfield his "favourite child," and many critics consider the novel to be one of his best depictions of childhood. Set in early Victorian England against a backdrop of great social change, Dickens acutely observed the phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted the novel. Many consider David Copperfield to be the author’s finest work.
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For me, the audio edition of David Copperfield was every bit as good as a book. I think Dickens in particular lends himself well to audio interpretation. The special magic of the audio version for me is that it recalls that comforting feeling I had as child; of listening to my parents read a story and being carried away into another world.
It is impossible for me to chose a moment that was more memorable than others. David Copperfield is one continuous rollercoaster ride of joys, sorrows, hardships, heartbreak, tearful departures and joyous reunions. The cast of characters include some of the most memorable villians, noble women, cruel step-fathers and loveable unfortunates ever penned. It is first class Dickens.
Peter Batchelor is perfect for Dickens. He is an entire cast of voices. His sure control of tone, mastery of timbre and accents are a delight. Being a baritone, Batchelor's only difficulty comes when playing women and children. Uriah Heep will make anyones skin crawl. The dialogues are particularly brilliant. In these, Batchelor needs to switch between characters, finding exactly the right voice for one and then answering immediately in another. It is dazzling stuff but the virtuosity is never at the expense of the narrative. One imagines this was the way Dickens himself would have read for his friends; revelling in the characters; growling, squeeking, lisping, mimicking accents and enjoying every minute of it.
Dr. Stong is married to Anne, a very beautiful and much younger woman. Uriah Heep has contrived to cast suspicion in the mind of the doctor that his wife had taken a young lover. Deeply in love with his wife, he is willing to let the situation fall into silence in order to keep her. Never confronted, Anne is neither guilty nor innocent. It is then revealed that Heep is a villian. This provides Anne Strong with an opportunity. The words that pour forth are some of the most beautiful and deeply moving in any book I have read.
Peter Batchelor does more then justice to Dickens' epic fictionalised memoir. As a first-person narrative it is ideally suited for the intimacy of the audiobook format, and Batchelor is throughout at one with the material, his deep baritone rolling on with unflagging verve through the yarn's decades. Unavoidably he recedes a little on the female parts, particularly the vapid ingenue Dora, but his range and variety on the male characters is vast. My favourite was the Cockney climber Uriah Heep, but the country boatman Dan Peggotty's tones were rich and dark as gravy on the ear. Dickens' themes of upbringing and maturity are woven densely through the story, which is studded with moving moments as well as richly comic scenes, mostly involving the hapless Mr Micawber. After 32 hours the end left me wanting more.
No, I already know the outcome, but as I read it, I did replay several scenes because they were so delightful.
not sure because this was my first experience at listening to fiction. I usually listen to history, biography or other non-fiction
wonderful expression...he does the voices of the different characters that brought the book alive. I can't believe how much of a listening "page turner" it was..because of Dickens's always-interesting and entertaining characters. Had I simply read the story, I don't think I would have imagined a lot of the characters's voices...This narrator was really perfect for this novel.
well, you can't because it is so long.
This was my first time listening to non-fiction. I do a two hour commute every day (both ways) and I can't recommend this book enough. At first I was concerned that maybe I would forget the previous day, so I checked out a copy from the library to review sometimes a little bit before the next time...but I only had to do that a couple of times.I even did my weekend 3 mile runs with this in my iPod! Another first for me...I highly recommend this book.. In fact, I am going to purchase another Dickens book read by this narrator.It is one of my favorite books so far from audible...and I've been a member for over three years.
yes, I will listen to it again. this was one of the best read books I have heard so far, I would highly recommend it!
he really made the book enjoyable, very talented reader
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
I hate the thought of giving such a renown classic poor marks but seriously, this book is so dry and uneventful that I just can't understand how Copperfield ever made it to print. We start with David as a child and end with him as an adult. Not much happens but at least every conversation he ever had is chronicled.
If this had been the first classic I had every read I just might have never developed a love for them. I am thankful this was not the case. If you are looking for your first classic may I suggest The Mysterious Island by Jules Vern or perhaps Don Quixote?
I guess my favorite character was Barkis. He was at least a little interesting in his timidity.
Disappointment, I did not start this one with high hopes and it certainly lived up to my expectations.
I feel like a cold dogging a literary work like this but please understand it's not like I am just some jerk who can't appreciate what it is. I thought Moby Dick by Melville was a wonderful read. This book simply sucked. There, I said it.
Endless descriptive text. to much detail! Can not finish the book.
Endless descriptive text. to much detail! Can not finish the book.
Such a great story and perfectly read by Mr. Batchelor. I loved all the characters and each personality was brought out by his consistent characterization voice. Especially Uriah Heap! I could just picture his sniveling slimy self in the voice used to portray him. Even the women's voices were matched well to the character. Thank you Mr. Batchelor for bringing alive an old favorite! I will certainly look for other books read by you.
Listeners won't be disappointed even if you've heard the story many times!
The story is a classic, dickens' favourite. The narration, by Peter Batchelor, is deep and his fruity voice brings the many characters to life.
The death of Dora is particularly well narrated and is one of many moving scenes contained within this tour de force
In terms of an enjoyable scene I would look no further than the come uppance of Uriah Heap. A perfect climax to one of Dickens's most despicable characters.
"Classic story spoiled by poor editing"
Lots of poor editing where the voice tone is clearly different, and new sentences starting very quickly after the previous, made the story difficult to follow in places really spoiled what is an excellent tale. I have not experienced this with any audible book before.
"Well worth a listen"
Enjoyable book and quite well read. Good value for money for such a long story. I would definitely recommend it .
A classic story well read. Reminds what a great story teller Dickens was. I will listen again happily!
"Almost a lifetime in length and amount of story"
Im not convinced everyone would like this one. I get vibes from the book "Great expectations" in more than a few ways, but this feels way more dragged out. It does have more characters and character development, enough to keep it interesting most of the time.
Nothing really, has a perfect balance of tragedy and happiness as well as drama and love. Could use more conflict since most of the conflict does not effect the main character, but is between his friends.
He did a fantastic job making each character unique and SUPER consistent. Really enjoyed that and it helped a lot keep the characters separate.
Not a particular moment but the relationship between Copperfield and Emelie, a constant theme throughout the book that really was moving from the day they met.
I understand why this is a classic and if I understand correctly its close to, or at least based on, Dickens own life. It covers most of his life it seems, from young and foolish to old and famous. Dont think it matches up against the better "Great expectations" but has a lot more depth, so if you want something deep and long Id recommend this one. If you want something a bit darker and shorter "Great expectations" is your book. Both are fantastic in their own way and a lot of similar ways
"Not Dickens's Best"
Very long book.
More engaging than what came before, but a bit Return of the King.
The challenge with Dickens is to come up with distinct voices for the huge casts of characters. Batchelor does an admirable job.
Not to the same extent as with other Dickens books.
The plot is not stellar. Half way through, I wondered if it was actually going anywhere.
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