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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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Excellent!!!

The book stands alone as quite a grand work of fiction. I would like to specifically talk about the narrator. Martin Jarvis was spectacular!!! I do believe he could make even the most boring book spell binding. His variety of voices for each character and way of expressing for them really makes this book that could be monotonous with a lesser narrator very enjoyable. I highly recommend it!!!!!

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Wow!

This is a great story, and Martin Jarvis is a magician as a narrator. He makes the characters come alive

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Great book. Fantastic reader

I read this book 30 years ago. Listening to it on tape, brings the characters to life in a new way. Great book and great narrator.

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The very finest narrator

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Like many others here I am writing this review primarily to applaud Martin Jarvis's astounding narration. I felt that it was read by 50 different narrators. Each character was marvellously delineated and individualized. You knew who was speaking the moment the "voice" appeared. I have listened to some very excellent narrations from Audible.com....but without doubt, this was the very finest. Mr. Micawber himself would have trouble coming up with sufficient superlatives for this performance.

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  • MANLY, Australia
  • 06-18-15

Best reader ever

I liked this book as a child. Now, as an older nan, I was a bit impatient with David C. Still, the reader was brilliant.

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Outstanding

Beautiful piece of literature and the narrator does an absolutely beautiful job! I really enjoyed his performance. Absolutely recommended to listen!

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Tremendous

Martin Jarvis is a wonder. His narration is flawless and his particular character voices are so endearing and appropriate that I wonder if he makes the text even greater than it is, at it is great.

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Excellent

What did you love best about David Copperfield?

The characters... there is such a collections of great characters that is absolutely impossible not to love the story

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

He does an outstanding job, gives the right tone and does the voices in an original manner.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In short... One of the Best compilations of Dickens characters

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Loved it!

Would you listen to David Copperfield again? Why?

Maybe...there's so much more to read, I'm not sure if I could find the time to re-read it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Micawber was my favorite character. He is very funny and a little bit of a huckster but he loves his wife and family and is good to David throughout the book.

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

I loved how Mr. Jarvis did the voices for everyone but Mr. Micawber and Uriah Heep are amazingly done.

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

Not possible....to long.

Any additional comments?

This was probably the best book I've ever read (listened to). I had never really read Dickens and am amazed at how great a writer he was and how timeless his characters are.

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A Pleasant Journey into the World of DIckens

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

The audio version breathes new life into an old favorite

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator was able to bring emotion and depth that is understandable to a modern audience.

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  • bibliophile
  • 08-05-16

Beautifully read classic.

One cannot fault Martin Jarvis' reading; another excellent performance. Dickens goes overboard with Dora and you really want to shake David at many points in the narrative. I was also very aware of repetition for payment's sake!

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  • Fedup
  • 05-27-16

Excellent reader

Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader of Dickens work and brings the novels to life.

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  • m
  • 05-02-16

thoroughly entertaining

loved it. I will listen to it again. A master piece with great relevance today

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  • Hilary
  • 03-21-16

What misery

This was another attempt to get to grips with Dickens, it failed. What a miserable story I couldn't go on as the treatment of that poor child upset me too much. Martin Jarvis read it beautifully but nothing could make me enjoy it. I realise that, to many, criticisms of Dickens are sacrilege but I cannot understand why this story is considered enjoyable, it gave me nightmares.

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  • LdB
  • 02-27-16

What a treasure!!!

A brilliant masterpiece, written by a story-writing Legend, and read by a master story-teller; before the great Stephen Pacey, there was ... Martin Jarvis: 'The Man With A Thousand Voices'!

There is nothing more to say, except ... that my money was very, very-well spent.

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  • bluebuzz
  • 11-30-15

Wonderful, in every way

Dickens at his best: drama, comedy, romance, social comment, atmospheric description, and above all superb characterisation.

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  • jj_reviewerextraordinaire
  • 08-12-15

A beautiful tale.

A quaint story that allows you to drift along in it's calm waters. Thoroughly pleasant.

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  • Linda
  • 07-27-15

David copper field

What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

I find listening to audio books very enjoyable. I have tried reading David Copperfield on several occasions but have never managed more than 2 or 3 chapters. To have it read to me by the wonderful Martin Jarvis was a pleasure.

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

At the moment I am listening to Jane Eyre and there are certain similarities in that they are both about people looking back on their lives

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It is not really one scene but I enjoyed David's arrival at his aunt's house,the settling in and the donkeys.

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

There were several, mainly to do with deaths but also when David walked from London to find his aunt.

Any additional comments?

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed this book. I feel Dickens is best listened to because when it is read by a good actor the characters really come to life. I am very pleased to note that Martin Jarvis has recorded several other works by Dickens which I am looking forward to listening to.

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  • Mrs
  • 07-13-15

Truely a great read

Just like all the Dickens I have read before we start with a good solid base description of the characters that builds to a great story

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  • Martin
  • 07-08-15

excellent classic, brilliant narrator

encouraged me to read more dickens, only one I'd read before was great expectations at school