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"Like many fond parents," Charles Dickens wrote, "I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield." Copperfield is Dickens' most autobiographical creation and the novel that bears his name has influenced generations of storytellers. Narrator Patrick Tull gives a lively reading of this massive, rollicking bildungsroman, bringing to life such characters as the avuncular and hapless Mr. Micawber, the unctuous Uriah Heep, and of course, the eponymous David Copperfield himself. Those ambitious listeners who can't help but burn through all 38 hours of classic storytelling remember these characters and adventure for years.

Publisher's Summary

The endearing story of David Copperfield’s endeavor to become the hero of his own life, with its intriguing correspondence to the author’s own life, has delighted readers for generations. Dickens himself called this book his “favourite child,” and it is his most quoted novel.

Now you can have the pleasure of hearing Patrick Tull’s brilliant narration of Dickens beloved classic. Listen as David recounts the experiences of his rise to successful novelist - his wretched boyhood , the drudgery of his various jobs, his marriage to the boss’ pretty daughter, his flight to the continent, and finally, a reunion with his true love. Tull’s marvelously resonant voice ushers us smoothly through young David’s trials. His ability to move deftly between different accents gives new life to some of the best-known characters in all of literature. Dora, Uriah Heep, and Mr. Micawber. Close your eyes and soon you’ll find yourself sitting in a little Victorian parlor listening as David tells his story.

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David Copperfield is one of the books that I have returned to most often in my life, and it is the book that reveals the most depth with each re-reading. The wonderful cast of characters is often remarked upon, but the most meaningful aspect of this novel to me is the passionate reflection on certain emotions and experiences, most notably grief and regret.

My first choice when I joined Audible was Patrick Tull's reading of David Copperfield. I had listened to it on audiocassette from the library years ago and was thrilled to be able to hear it again. This is one of those narrations that lifts an already great novel to an even higher level. Tull reads with humor, pathos and deep feeling throughout. There is a quality of wisdom and perspective to the way that Tull personifies David, the title character, as he reflects on his experiences. I can honestly say that I laughed and cried many times as I listened to this beloved book. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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I wasn't able to listen more than about 20 minutes of this wonderful story about my favorite fictional character. Maybe it was how his voice was recorded but I couldn't take Patrick Tull's voice. After listening to Fredrick Davidson read War and Peace Tull's voice sounded like nails on a chalkboard. I purchase a different book rather than listening to this.

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  • Janna
  • United States
  • 03-02-16

Brilliant

Timeless, superb and tenderest of stories... No one could have performed a better narration than Patrick Tull!

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peddling complacency

do yourself a favour and leave the boy in Canterbury - it's nothing but mawkish, self-satisfied nonsense from thereon out

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  • Pixie
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 05-14-12

The Endurance of Deckens is Reconfirmed

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

The excellent writing of Charles Dickens.

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

Moby Dick. Both were extremely well written but excessively long.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He put great expression in his narration and I am sure the dialects were authentic, but he was very difficult to understand.

Any additional comments?

I am glad I selected this book regardless of the difficulty with the narration.

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  • ben
  • Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • 03-27-13

Thought I'd give Dickens a try.

I am one of the few people I guess, that just doesn't like Charles Dicken's writing.
He takes FOREVER to describe something, or to get to the point.
He is a masterful writer of course, but he just doesn't "move it along" fast enough for me.
I just couldn't get into this classic.

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  • andrew
  • 04-05-13

Just brilliant!

This was the first Dicken's Novel I have read (listened to) and it was just excellent. If you are used to modern literature then you may find this long winded, but I found the slower pace and richer writing a refreshing change and really enjoyed it. This is especially true of the characters in the book, each one is developed and has a rich personality. The narrator, Patrick Tull, is superb and really brings the story to life. Full marks from me!

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  • Roderic
  • 02-29-16

Creates a Brilliant Voice for Youth and Memory

I have read almost all of Dickens's novels and I find David Copperfield to be the most heart-felt of them. The faux-innocent narrative voice of David Copperfield has an almost poetic quality as the character looks back on his life.

As with all of Dickens's work, it is an explicit attempt, absolutely successful, to manipulate the reader's emotions. I loved it and appreciated the rich quality of the writing.

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