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David Copperfield Audiobook

David Copperfield

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When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

Public Domain ©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 07-21-09
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    "A real treasure"

    I have newly "rediscovered" Dickens, and what a wonderful time it's been. Listening to David Copperfield was absolutely delightful. Mr. Jarvis is a phenomenal narrator. When a reader can make the listener so engaged with the characters that the listener forgets that he or she is, in fact, listening to someone READ ... well, that's a rare gift indeed. I would recommend not only this story, but this telling of the story, to anyone - and I wish Mr. Jarvis a long and ... storied... career!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis Spring, TX, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-20-09
    Alexis Spring, TX, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-20-09
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    "Excellent Story, Delightful Performance!"

    This is a wonderful book. I'm so glad I got it as an audible because the performance is so very enjoyable. The narrator does the best voices! I couldn't have imagined the voices nearly as well as he performs them. The pace is perfect. The characters are very well developed and so fun to get to know. I think any person of any age would enjoy listening to this wonderful book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 07-05-09
    Karen 07-05-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful!"

    This very talented reader gets all of the characters--from Aunt Betsy to Wilkins Micawber--just right. Dickens would have approved of this fine performance of his favorite novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donny Dudzinski 04-04-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "loved it"

    This is a great classic. The man who does the reading is brilliant at capturing the essence of each character by using different voices for each character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirby Manotick, Ontario, Canada 01-20-09
    Kirby Manotick, Ontario, Canada 01-20-09
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    "Great Voices!"

    Copperfield is, of course, widely regarded as Dickens' best story and this is a great version of it. This narrator has a remarkable range of accents and voices and he maintains them in amazing consistency. Even if the story was not very good the narration would carry it forward. Barvo!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 06-08-12
    Teresa 06-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "David Cooperfield"

    Found the book to be very enjoyable. Laughed and cried. The narrator for the most part was very good. However, I found when he did some of the female voice, it grated on my nerves. Other than that, very good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-27-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-27-12 Member Since 2017
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    "His Favourite Child"

    "'Good day, sir,' said my aunt, 'and good-bye! Good day to you, too, ma'am,' said my aunt, turning suddenly upon his sister. 'Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and as sure as you have a head upon your shoulders, I'll knock your bonnet off, and tread upon it!'

    It would require a painter, and no common painter too, to depict my aunt's face as she delivered herself of this very unexpected sentiment, and Miss Murdstone's face as she heard it. But the manner of the speech, no less than the matter, was so fiery, that Miss Murdstone, without a word in answer, discreetly put her arm through her brother's, and walked haughtily out of the cottage; my aunt remaining in the window looking after them; prepared, I have no doubt, in case of the donkey's reappearance, to carry her threat into instant execution."

    The above is taken from chapter 14: MY AUNT MAKES UP HER MIND ABOUT ME, which I found so funny that I listened to it over and over again so I could take in every nuance of this speech delivered by one of the novel's most colourful characters, albeit she was one of several.


    This is Dicken's epic and semi-autobigraphical story about young David Copperfield, born six months after his father's passing, who suffered a miserable childhood during which he was abused by his mother's tyrannical new husband Edward Murdstone and his sister, who separated him from his beloved mother and sent him to a school where punishments were handed out violently and frequently. When David's still young mother passes away, Edward Murdstone, far from showing any compassion, puts nine-year-old David to work at a menial job in a factory in London, where he is left to fend for himself on a meagre salary. David eventually decides to escape and makes a long difficult journey to seek out his great aunt Betsey Trottwood. This wonderful character takes David under her wing and gives him a loving home and an education until he is ready to pursue his studies toward a respectable career. As a young man, David falls in love repeatedly and eventually becomes obsessed with Dora Spenlow, a young lady he is determined to marry one day. The novel takes us through many twists and turns and introduces a great number of fascinating characters, some most likeable, some delightfully wicked, with many plot lines which are all resolved toward the end of the novel, when David, now a well-known writer, has gained in maturity and found his heart's desire.

    We all know that Dickens was verbose and he did not disappoint in that respect with this novel, which he considered to be his favourite child. I too found much to like with this story and was delighted with the overall light tone and David's good nature even as he went through incredible difficulties.

    I strongly recommend this version wonderfully performed by Martin Jarvis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BDeck 10-26-10
    BDeck 10-26-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent listen"

    This was an excellent listen. The narrator did a fabulous job with pace, diction, and especially characterization. I highly recommend it.

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    Abbie 08-02-10
    Abbie 08-02-10
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    "Famously Unforgettable Characters"

    A most enjoyable Dickens novel, read by Martin Jarvis, a superior narrator. Appearing herein is Wilkins Micawber, perhaps the fictional character most alluded to by writers, politicians, and generals since his presentation to the world in 1850. However, this book also gives us Uriah Heep, alluded to fairly often; Aunt Betsy, a stout Victorian lib who obsessively chases donkeys off her lawn; Peggity; Barkus "is willin"; and the dreadful Murdstones, just to name a few. Many characters are masterfully interwoven in plots and sub-plots. As expected in Dickens' novels, the good are very good, and the bad very bad. Martin Jarvis carries them all, with an appropriate voice for each. Every narrator should be as good as Jarvis. The only character and sub-plot I could have wished less of is Dora. Copperfield's mooning on and on about her gets tiring, but that's my own preference and shouldn't influence others' perceptions of the characters. For sheer entertainment, this is one of the best.

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    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Mrtin Jarvis deserves an award"

    This is the best reading of ANY book I have yet come across. The fact that it is a wonderful book helps, but Martin Jarvis is a one-man show. He does a remarkable job with a huge cast of characters, without making it seem too "theatrical." If you are looking to read or reread a classic- don't miss this one.

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  • Elizabeth
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    2/26/11
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    "Masterly A world of characters bursting to life"

    A real treat - and all through! The pace so well handled, keeping the story moving, but highighting deftly joys and sorrows and the contrasting realities of the times. Each character well defined in the reading, individual and knowable. I laughed out loud so often, but also felt the pain. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous
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    first Dickens book Martin Jarvis is superb
    brings real life to all the great characters

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  • Lissa F
    10/3/17
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    "Long but good ending"

    what a long book!
    The story does spend a lot of time setting up characters and relationships, but I'm not entirely sure I would go through it all again, even for such a lovely ending. It's just a shame that the book wraps up in about an hour, Vs 20+ hours of description!

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  • RKL
    9/24/17
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    "Outstanding."

    It's many years since I last read David Copperfield & I find myself re-astonished at how good it is & how brilliant a writer Dickens was.
    Martin Jarvis reads it absolutely brilliantly. I intend to immediately review & purchase other books he has recorded.

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  • Reggy A
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    8/17/17
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    "Great narration"

    I didn't know the story of David Copperfield, although some of the characters are familiar through fame. The story is perhaps a little predictable in parts if you're familiar with other Dickens novels, but it's an enjoyable book to listen to on long car journeys or when cooking. The narration is excellent ant very impressive!

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  • MR B.
    8/16/17
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    "An extraordinary audiobook"
    Would you listen to David Copperfield again? Why?

    One of the greatest novels of all time read as well as it can be. This is Dickens at his best. Jarvis is wonderful, his differentiation of character quite remarkable. He conveys the emotional intensity of the work with apparent ease and never falters. A quite astonishing achievement.


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

    Too numerous to mention but David's attempt to sell his coat to the pawnbroker as he makes his way to Dover is memorable.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    Its unfailing excellence. A performance to remember.


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

    Copperfield's farewell to Steerforth as he watches him sleep is affecting.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone at Audible sign up Jarvis for more Dickens. Please.

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  • Miss Stacey Crosskill
    6/2/17
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    "My favourite Dickens"

    Wonderful story, wonderfully read. Martin Jarvis brings the characters to life so completely that I feel bereft of them all now the book is over. Fabulous.

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  • jerry bettington
    5/28/17
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    "Fantastic reading!"

    How does Martin Jarvis do it? All those different characters that he simply breathes life into. He makes the whole piece come alive. We detest Uris Heep, empathise with Wilkins Macawber and delight in the sheer loyalty of Dan'el Peggoty. Dickens is one of national treasures and Mr Jarvis only serves to promote him further. I so enjoyed this!

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/9/17
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    "Great narration"

    Classic story, slow by today's standards and with some words rarely used today. It's a cracking story though and the narrator really brings the story to life, he is brilliant at the characters. Very much enjoyed the book

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  • Paul A. Adams
    4/26/17
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    "This was just so enjoyable."

    Its a combination of Charles Dickens written words, but also Martin Jarvis reading. It's the depth and complexity of the characters and their relationship.

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