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Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

This epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming-of-age stories in literature, chronicling David Copperfield's extraordinary journey through life as he encounters villains, saviors, eccentrics, and grotesques - including the wicked Mr. Murdstone, stouthearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber, and the odious Uriah Heep. Dickens' great novel (based, in part, on his own boyhood and which he described as a "favorite child") is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic.

Listen to Richard Armitage bring Dickens' words to life, and you'll understand why Virginia Woolf called David Copperfield "the most perfect of all the Dickens novels".

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-03-17

A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

I find Charles Dickens' novels difficult to read because of his sentence structure and length. Reading David Copperfield was especially difficult for me due to the length of the novel, but the story is so worthwhile that the effort is rewarded.

I listened to this Audible version one or two chapters a day over several weeks. Richard Armitage does an incredible job of narration especially with the character's voices. Listening to him is a joy. There are many excellent narrators of audio books, but the consistent quality of Armitage's work of over 36 hours of David Copperfield ranks this as the best narrated audio book I have ever listened to. It is a classic narration of an English classic novel.

This narration of David Copperfield by Richard Armitage has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION. Even if you have previously read the book and maybe especially if you have not read David Copperfield, you will enjoy this audio book.

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The Armitage Voice"

Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far, this is the one I love the most....David Copperfield is one of my favorites anyway, but to have that voice, the voice of Richard Armitage "read it to me", just awesome

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, they way he reads, the tones, the inflections, the voice changes is just brilliant..

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

I almost did, but I needed to sleep...

Any additional comments?

Just keep them coming with Richard Armitage at the helm.......Thank you to Audible and to "The Armitage" for bringing David Copperfield to life.....

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Classic Story with Superb Performance.

What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield [Audible Studios] the most enjoyable?

Richard Armitage's voice was incredible. He brought this book to a new life. His beautiful inflections and characterizations were spot on.

Any additional comments?

You've either read David Copperfield and want to know if it is worth the listen, or you are new to this work. Be not hesitant, this is one of the best performances on Audible. And David Copperfield is just classic. Dicken's has a definite style to him. He's studied for a reason, and that reason is damned good writing. Spend the credit... you'll be cultured as well as entertained.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 05-21-18

Procrastination is the thief of time...

“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

'David Copperfield' contains more saints per capita than any beatified book by Butler. Dickens is amazing in his ability to be both grand and personal. David Copperfield is sprawling, with dozens of threads that weave around David Copperfield's youth and adulthood. IT is amazing not only how he can transform a character through time, but also show that our perceptions of those same characters are drawn often from imperfect information and overly simple assumptions. Yes, there are parts of 'David Copperfield' that float between the melodramatic and the grotesque, but one doesn't read Dickens for the unmoving, normal or embellished. There are a handful of novels that I would consider to be the literary equivalent of scripture: 'Les Miserables', 'the Idiot', 'Anna Karenina', and for sure 'David Copperfield'.

There are several moments in 'David Copperfield' when, as a reader, you recognize you will never be half the writer Dickens was (on deadline). He might just be second to Shakespeare in my book, or at least be among a small cadre of writers that belong on the silver pedestal below the Bard.

This isn't as technically perfect as 'Great Expectations', but it is top tier Dickens for sure. A massive novel that floats with the weight of a beach read half its size. If you are going to read a Dickens, this might not be your first stop, but it shouldn't be far from your second.

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Brilliant

Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Dick, friend to David's Aunt Betsey Trotwood, is my favourite character. I love how he sees people and situations clearly and easily cuts through the confusion of emotion, bigotry and ignorance. And I like how Miss Betsey accepts his word without question.

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all of Richard Armitage's performances. This is, in my opinion, his best. (With Hamlet a close second.)

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

The scene when Mr. Barkis dies and Peggoty is left bereft, and later when Miss Emily runs away with Steerforth, are both powerful scenes. I also love how David's infatuation for Dora develops. David's remembrance of it is hilarious.

Any additional comments?

This is a gift from Literature Heaven: David Copperfield, read by Richard Armitage. Richard's various voices give a rich depth to the characters that you simply don't get when you read the book in print. It's a 36-hour bedtime story-telling extravaganza by, in my opinion, the best narrator of our time. I hope audible hires him again and again and again.

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  • Rebecca
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-24-16

Absolutely spot-on perfect!!!!

I have read David Copperfield at least three times over the years, along with most of Dickens, and my love of Dickens led me to Wilkie Collins...what I'm trying to say is that I'm a huge enthusiast of the author as well as this story and allow me to assure you; THIS is an absolutely AMAZING narrator who brings each individual character to life, whether it's a middle aged aunt with a starchy Scottish brogue, a creepy villian, be he ever so 'umble, a sweet young lady, or a sensitive man recalling his childhood. This production is transporting.

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Be Still My Heart

OK. I have never read this before, and listening to Richard Armitage's swoon-worthy voice narrate it to me upped the story factor. David Copperfield goes through life tragedy after life tragedy with some happiness thrown in between. The real award goes to how Dickens builds this man's life in front of us and ties it up so well in the end. I couldn't have asked for a more heart stopping or satisfying ending.

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  • libbromus
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 02-28-16

A thousand times, Bravo

Superlatives are inadequate to hail Richard Armitage's performance of this heart-rending & humorous, beautiful story.

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Fantastic characters and interconnected plots

I admit that this was my very first Dickens novel. I think that I may be afflicted with Charles Dickens addiction after listening to the amazing reading by Richard Armitage. From birth to early middle age we follow David Copperfield through London, Canterbury, Yarmouth and beyond as as he makes his way in life. The characters of Peggotty, Betsey Trotwood, the Micawbers, Uriah Heep, James Steerforth and many others are so vibrant and alive over a century and a half after the original publication of this edge of your seat classic that I blazed through it in a little over a week. I couldn’t stop listening! I had to know how everything turned out for all of the wonderful characters. This is a must read or listen. And if you’re going to listen then you could not do better than having Richard Armitage read it for you. He is truly one of the very best readers that I have heard. Every character has a unique voice, and the he brings them all to life fully.
Do yourself a favor, and listen to this book next.

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Exquisite

A great classic read by a truly gifted narrator! Every minute a joy! Richard Armitage brings Dickens to life!

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  • JD
  • 02-21-16

Brought me back to Dickens

Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield [Audible Studios] to be better than the print version?

Yes. Mr Armitage 'performs' rather than 'reads', so it is like watching the whole book in my mind's eye - he brings all the characters and scenes to startling life.

What other book might you compare David Copperfield [Audible Studios] to, and why?

The only proper comparison would be with another Dickens' book - and I've listened to none of these. However, I shall make a comparison with Mr Armitage's audiobook, 'Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: The Novel' because both have complex story-lines and vividly voiced characters. I would also make a comparison with his reading of Bernard Cornwell's 'Lords of the North' for similar reasons, but, oddly and unlike all his other audiobooks, Audible have not added this to their collection.

Which character – as performed by Richard Armitage – was your favourite?

So many are brilliant, it is difficult to choose: Uriah Heep, Mr Creakle, Rosa Dartle, Mr Micawber, Betsey Trotwood, Mr Peggotty, Steerforth etc. But, one character I had forgotten all about when I read the book years ago is the dwarf lady, Miss Mowcher. He has given her an unexpected Liverpudlian accent and it was an absolute delight to listen to her. On the written page, she made no impact, but, in this audiobook, she is totally memorable.

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

It is far, far too long for one sitting. It took me 10 days, listening to a chunk per day. I think there is so much going on and so many vivid moments to enjoy that, spreading it out like this is the best way to appreciate what both Dickens and Mr Armitage have achieved together.

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This reading has brought me back to an appreciation of Dickens - his characterisation, his humour, his story-telling and his ability to relate tragic scenes. Chapter 56, which describes a violent storm and the loss of 3 ships at sea, including two of the book's characters, had me sitting there with tears streaming down my face. Charles Dickens and Richard Armitage are a perfect combination. Very well done, both you guys!

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  • Mrs. K. Sowden
  • 02-27-16

Sublime

How do I do justice to this epic novel and towering performance from Richard Armitage? A truly great story with birth, death, loss, cruelty, love, loyalty and many more themes covered by a master storyteller. It's sometimes hard to believe it's one man reading with the dozens of voices, all so different and distinctive. He and Dickens made me laugh out loud and cry as well as making me angry, sad, outraged, happy and hopeful. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough and hope it's not too long before Richard Armitage does another.

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  • mary moran
  • 03-13-16

Wonderful, story and narration.

Richard Armtage's narration is wonderful, he captures the essence of Dickens joy, wit and pathos. I feel I have lost a friend now that the book has ended.

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  • Wexxy
  • 05-31-16

Davis Copperfield

I've spent a holiday in Rhodes listening to this masterpiece of a novel. I am in Lindos, which is a magnificent location dominated by its Acropolis. While there, I lay on the beach and listened to Richard Armitage's superb interpretation of Dickens' classic novel - by virtue of the location and this wonderful epic, this has been a holiday to remember.

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  • Lesley
  • 03-26-16

Moving,funny and totally absorbing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because it generates an intimacy, building an emotional attachment which then lets the listener hear and feel the story of David Copperfield's life, sharing in the despair of the young David, and the hope and joy which he somehow maintains throughout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are many! David Copperfield's essential goodness,kindness and self reflection is interesting in the face of the cruelty shown to him when at his most vulnerable. Dickens' writing shows so much insight into this character and what shapes him and his relationships. There is vulnerability, naiveté, flaws which round the character and strength to be true to his own nature.Copperfield's relationships with the other characters allow this to be portrayed. My favourite of these,however, is not essential to this device, but is Miss Mowcher. She has to be very single minded in her attempts to overcome her disability and survive, but she also shows compassion for others and sets right any wrong she has been party to. I admired the humour in this character and Dickens' writing of the character showed empathy and respect for the rights of others, which I think surprised me given the times in which the book was written.

What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard Armitage 's narration brought the book to life. His interpretation of the characters,each with their own voice, was considered and judged beautifully. If I had been reading the book,I wouldn't have had the same ability to hear the characters and I'm not sure I would have heard the humour and pathos the narrator here was able to convey. David Copperfield's voice was given an intimacy, of sharing his personal journey with the listener, drawing you in and including you in the development of the character and his story. Richard Armitage does have a voice that could be listened to all day, which helps! Also - when I am reading I'm very guilty of skipping ahead for little clues and then being annoyed at myself for spoiling the suspense!

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

I laughed out loud several times throughout listening to the book, but also felt deeply for the young David Copperfield and all his trials. I was by turn irritated, angry and amused as each character played their part in the story. Towards the end of the book I did cry ,I have to confess, when David and Agnes finally reveal their true feelings to one another . I feel that the narrator's pace, tone and interpretation worked so well with the writing to enrich this particular part of the story.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book whilst driving to visit my elderly father. My visits there can often be stressful and listening to this book was like a kind of therapy! It distracted me, soothed me ,absorbed me and calmed me on my journeys. I am not someone given to reviewing books,films or anything else for that matter, but thank you Audible, for this book and thank you Richard Armitage for the pleasure of your narration of the story.

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  • LizG
  • 03-05-16

Stunning performance

Couldn't stop listening - this was a fantastic performance - wonderful voices bringing the characters to life - truly compelling.

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  • anne hunt
  • 05-05-16

Delightful Dickens

A wonderful,sensitive and amusing reading or rather all embracing performance of this iconic book. I love Dickens but sometimes get a bit bogged down with the density of the language. This reading has convinced me that his writing comes alive when it is read aloud and all those varied characters are brought to life. Listening has even made the process of reading his work myself much easier .

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  • Annie
  • 04-16-16

David Copperfield brought to Life!

I'm a huge fan of Charles Dickens, who is a master storyteller and a genius at creating extraordinary and memorable characters. The supremely talented and very versatile Richard Armitage gives us a really impressive interpretation of all the characters and does full justice to Dickens' masterpiece. It's an artistic/literary 'marriage' made in heaven in my opinion, and I hope Richard can be convinced to do more narrations for Audible in the future.

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  • Val Pope
  • 03-31-16

Brilliant!

This is probably the best known of Dickens' novels and this unabridged reading is absolutely first class. T he narrator manages to bring very well-known characters to new life. The accents are varied: the basic narration ( David's voice) is convincing both as a young boy and mature man. It's just a wonderful listen. The most difficult thing with Dickens is bringing out the humour, the Micawbers and the redoubtable Miss Mowcher made me laugh out loud. Imagine Lily Savage and Lenny Henry! The sad parts are sad, the funny parts are funny and the dramatic bits are totally convincing. Buy it! You'll listen to it again and again.

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  • bookylady
  • 03-16-16

A Superb Performance of Dickens' Masterpiece

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I have tried so many times to read Dickens and have given up every time. So I decided to try an audiobok and I'm so glad I did. Richard Armitage's sublime performance has opened up a whole new world of storytelling for me. The vast array of voices and accents, the comic interpretation of some characters, the unbearable sadness of others were all amazingly good and I was often mesmerized by the performance. The pacing of the narration and the development of the characterisation were pitch perfect. Some male narrators find it hard to 'find a female voice' but Richard Armitage managed to find several wonderful ones.At the end of this very long book I was left feeling bereft, as if I had said goodbye to a very old and much-loved friend. I was left longing for more and so I shall definitely try some more Dickens. This 5* performance is definitely worthy of awards/prizes and I hope Audible will commission Richard to read more classic novels.

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  • Sophie
  • 04-25-16

One writer, many characters - one reader, many voices

Richard Armitage brings the many characters of Dickens' David Copperfield to life by his vocal skills. Not only are the characters distinct, the voices he creates for them are rich expressions of their personalities and life circumstances. I especially enjoyed the eccentric but grounded Betsy Trotwood and untrustworthy Uriah Heap. Mr Micawber's embroidered verbosity flowed from Armitage as if he were the man himself.

Armitage's pace and timing kept the story moving along despite its length. A few small issues with sound quality in the third quarter, but perhaps that was my device? Recommended for all who love Dickens, and those who think they should but find him hard to read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Mrs
  • 04-21-16

Wonderful rendering of this classic book.

Richard Armitage really brings to life the characters, passions and emotions of this classic. The narration is exceptionally well done giving voices to each and every person as an individual. This audio book is well worth the highest acclaim.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-22-17

A brilliant accomplishment!

I never thought listening to DC via audiobook would be so completely enjoyable - I've been rewarded for my hours & hours of determined attention by absolute rapture - over the discovery of a wonderful piece of classic literature read by a true pro! Amazing Richard Armitage, such a wonderful, rare talent at work. I don't think I could ever read the book again without his brilliant characterisations and rich emotional expression in my head! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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  • Sally
  • 04-21-17

Doing Dickens Justice

I was wary of choosing a version of David Copperfield narrrated by Richard Armitage - thinking he was more of a 'leading man' kind of actor rather than the kind of character actor I prefer as narrators but I was completely wrong in this. He does a wonderful job with this Dickens gem and does justice to it in so many ways. An absolute joy to listen to - I will now try to convince my kids to listen too. The editing was a bit clumsy and obvious in places but that is a minor issue . I recommend it thoroughly.

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  • Philip
  • 03-30-17

Cop a feel of this heap of a read

David Copperfield is an absolute classic; a must read. Peppered with a panoply of unforgettable characters: Wilkins Micawber, Uriah Heap, Betsy Trotwood, Mr Dick, Steerforth, Tommy Traddles, Pegotty, Mr Pegotty, Barkiss, the Murdstones, and the most fascinating, viciously repressed, and angry Rosa Dartle. While the narrator's language is sometime sesquipedalian, making the story difficult to penetrate, the reader, on finishing, will find themselves having read an unforgettable tale that will bear the re-reading that makes a book worth reading in the first place. Dickens is a master story teller, bringing to life the people, the interiors in which they dwell and work, and the landscapes, townscapes and cityscape in which they move. His characters are as fresh and intriguing 167 years on from this novel's publication as ever. His commentary on corruption and questionable practice, amongst other social and political questions, as telling today as then. That having been said, Richard Armitage's reading, and voicing of the characters, brings to the 2016 audiobook a real colour that makes this tale well worth 'reading' in this format.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-18

David Copperfield

Absolutely wonderful . My favorite Charles Dickens story brought beautifully alive by Richard Armitage. Highly recommend.

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  • Ben
  • 05-20-18

a classic

a fantastic story, a fantastic reading and an overall great experience. Dickens doing what Dickens does best.

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  • Jenny G
  • 05-07-18

Excellent reading of a wonderful masterpiece!!

Enjoyed every minute thanks to Richard Armitage. Sometimes I would go back to hear the wonderful prose again.

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  • Helen Wilson
  • 03-30-18

A wonderful story, brilliantly narrated

A compelling story read most brilliantly by Richard Armitage, who brings to life the many voices of this delightful book. It has kept me company over many hours and made many weary journeys a joy.

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  • Valerie
  • 09-06-17

My entire family has greatly enjoyed this series!

What did you like most about David Copperfield [Audible]?

The narrator was able to embrace the humour of the original text, and make the wide variety of characters recognisable. The whole family was engaged, despite the incredibly lengthy scope of the story, there was plenty of drama, pathos and humour.

What other book might you compare David Copperfield [Audible] to, and why?

Oliver Twist, or Great Expectations are obvious comparisons as the author has his own highly distinctive style, but parallels can be drawn with Harry Potter's experiences at the hands of his step-parents and the search for belonging, as well as many Roald Dahl characters, like Matilda and James of the Giant Peach fame. Overall this is a wonderfully entertaining book with widespread family appeal that has been well-accessed in this audiobook.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

An obvious connection with the emotions of the book- both pathos and humour, which allow a great range of emotional connections with the characters, who are clearly differentiated in the narration.

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

Yes but the sheer volume of this made it impossible!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended