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David Copperfield Audiobook

David Copperfield

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Audible Editor Reviews

At 34 hours in length, this is quite an undertaking, but there's no one better qualified than Simon Vance to lead us through this audio journey. He parses the author's long sentences well, pausing sufficiently to make the details easy to follow while still maintaining a quick enough pace to keep the story going. Most enjoyable is his voicing of the myriad characters who appear in the narrative - and characters they certainly are. Vance times their occasionally hilarious exchanges especially well. All of this is delivered in a manner that suggests that Vance revels in Dickens's prose and sly humor, and the listener cannot help but revel along with him. Three cheers for Vance - and not the least for his stamina!

Publisher's Summary

David Copperfield is the quintessential novel by England's most beloved novelist. Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he encounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber - a character resembling Dickens's own father.

In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his "favorite child" - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

©1923 Public Domain; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Erik Bruun Great Barrington, MA United States 10-06-14
    Erik Bruun Great Barrington, MA United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous!"
    What did you love best about David Copperfield?

    The story. The characters. Dickens' writing. Simon Vance's voice.


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

    Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. It is the story of a young boy's journey into manhood, traversing the pitfalls of his own vulnerabilities and insecurities.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His many and extremely varied ways of giving voice to the characters in ways perfectly consistent with each person's trait.


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

    No! This was an audiotape that I did not want to have come to an end.


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    Anonymous 09-11-14
    09-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This is a must read classic on many levels."
    What did you love best about David Copperfield?

    I loved the rich descriptions of the people and the scenery. Dickens is a wordsmith. I loved the tale that was spun around and around in seemingly concentric circles moving forward through time carrying us with the characters as they meet again and again through time and space.


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

    The most memorable moment for me was when David left the bottle washing and headed out for his aunts knowing not what was going to come of his trip. Maybe when Murdstone is put in his place by Davids Aunt.


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

    I enjoyed the pace, the clarity of his voice and the fun he has with the various characters. A truly wonderful ride we were carried on by the reader.


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

    I was particularly moved on several occasions while reading this book. I think the times when he is evaluating his decision to marry Dora post marriage when things simply aren't as he would have hoped. He married for beauty and he got beauty but not much else.


    Any additional comments?

    Next up, tale of two cities. I was recently inspired to begin listening to the classics, I started with Hemingway and then moved on to Dickens. This is a wonderful tale of treachery and triumph, of love found and lost and found.

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    Grahame 06-11-14
    Grahame 06-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brings a Classic to Life"
    If you could sum up David Copperfield in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, detailed, human.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Periodic style with well-developed personal interactions, growing in depth through the time of the story. Fruity and convoluted phrasing was good fun, but not terribly efficient at times; a product of it's time.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Uriah Heep - be he ever so humble - comes across very clearly as a grubby character.


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

    For me it was more of a review after having read it years ago at school. Probably better with the reading of characters in the audio format, by a good narrator. A few good chuckles, but no tears.


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    Elizabeth Murray 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Magnificent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version?

    Simon Vance is masterful in his performance of this Dickens classic. His skill at creating fully developed distinguishable characters is a delight


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betsey Trottwood


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    JACKIE 03-14-14
    JACKIE 03-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A perfect combination of Dickens and Vance"
    Would you listen to David Copperfield again? Why?

    You have to listen more than once. The story is so intricate that it is easy to miss something while you are laughing out loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about true life back in the those times. Hardships that are hard to imagine today, gut wrenching tragedy and hopelessness. Told with a sense of humor that was necessary to keep you from falling into depression.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I could go on and on about Simon Vance forever plus two days. He is a true narrator. He is what every narrator should ascribe to be. So many voices to perfection. He brings characters to life so strongly, you see them, loving some and hating others just by the tone of his voice. Listening I feel so fortunate that this combination of Dickens and Vance exists.


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

    Its hard to pick one moment. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I jeered. So many great characters you never want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Greatest thing I find about getting older is that in a few months I can go back and listen to it again and it will be just as new to me as the first time! Ahhh senility isn't so bad after all.

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    Amy 10-31-13
    Amy 10-31-13
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    "Worth the effort"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Especially if they have long road trips ahead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complexity and detail


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Wilkins Micawber


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

    no no no no no. 32 hours?! are you kidding?


    Any additional comments?

    The book is lengthy but worth it. At times, I thought to give it up, but pressed on and am grateful for having done so.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-11-13
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great presentation of a classic story"

    I've always heard of this book, but never did get around to reading it. With audible and 2 hours of commuting a day, I could finally make the commitment to give it a go.

    It is a solid work. Although not terribly exciting in terms of todays works (action, violence, sex, etc.), the story flows well and the characters are rendered exceptionally well.

    As with most works of this period, they can be overly descriptive, but perhaps that is more me being a tainted b y our own societal perspective of needing brevity and speed.

    As always, Simon Vance is spectacular as a narrator. He really is one of the best in the business.

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    Nancy EDMONDS, WA, United States 06-25-13
    Nancy EDMONDS, WA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A beautifully written, heartwarming story"
    What did you love best about David Copperfield?

    Dickens' lovingly-detailed descriptions of some of the most unforgettable characters in all of modern literary history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Copperfield himself. He was a superb and steadfast friend to those he loved and who had helped him when he was young. He was also an indefatigable foe of those who deceived and misused other people. In short, he was a prince.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene which precipitated the downfall of Mr. Heep.


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

    No, it would be nearly impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite of all Dickens' Audible books I've listened to thus far. Simon Vance is the BEST reader I can imagine.

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    Amazon Customer 06-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb"
    Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Saying that Dickens is an incredibly talented author is redundant. Simon Vance though is a surprise. He is an incredibly talented narrator who vividly brings alive this wonderful novel. I have listened to many audible books, but this is now my favourite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters that Dickens created. I also appreciated the social comment made by "David Copperfield" on the morals and standards of Victorian era.


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    michael Long Beach, CA, United States 05-22-13
    michael Long Beach, CA, United States 05-22-13
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    "Wonderful"

    This was a great find. David Cooperfield is one of the great books and Simon Vance does a fantastic job of reading it. A real pleasure.

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