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David Copperfield | [Charles Dickens]

David Copperfield

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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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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    Richard Malmö, Sweden 10-08-13
    Richard Malmö, Sweden 10-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful Dickens listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Peter Batchelor’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Kelly KESWICK, VA, United States 08-03-13
    Kelly KESWICK, VA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "very interesting and well read"
    Would you listen to David Copperfield again? Why?

    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!


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

    he really made the book enjoyable, very talented reader


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    Julian Australia 05-07-13
    Julian Australia 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fitting rendition of a classic"

    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.

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 06-28-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "OK"

    Better than I expected. The narrator was Ok but at times his voice was almost shreeking and I had to keep turning the sound down. Some parts of the story were very boring and I found it difficult to keep listening but I wanted to find out what happened so I kept listening. I glad I did overall it was a good novel.

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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-21-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Wow. Surprisingly boring."
    What disappointed you about David Copperfield?

    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.


    Has David Copperfield turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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?


    Which character – as performed by Peter Batchelor – was your favorite?

    I guess my favorite character was Barkis. He was at least a little interesting in his timidity.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, I did not start this one with high hopes and it certainly lived up to my expectations.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John Columbus, GA, United States 04-01-13
    John Columbus, GA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "hate the over done accent"

    over done reader. hate the voice. enough said. how many more words do you want?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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