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Editorial 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!
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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.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 11-05-10

Simply Amazing

I was admittedly intimidated by the length of this work and have passed reading this book in the past. However, my like of all things Dickens drove me to purchase this book and I have to say, it is one of the most delightful reads in my experience. Simon Vance is an amazing narrator and brings this story to life. The story is so full of richness and experience. I highly recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Septimus MacGhilleglas on 11-03-10

Truly inspired.

Incredible English classic read by a most gifted narrator. I honestly became quite sad when the story was ending. Most highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 04-13-13

David Copperfield (unabridged) read by Simon Vance

This is Dickens at its very best and I am savoring every chapter. I thought I knew the book from screen versions but there is so much more to enjoy in this unabridged recording. Simon Vance is the perfect reader and brilliantly brings to life the personalities of the characters in the way he reproduces the dialogue by maintaining a perfect balance of idiosyncracy and credibility.

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5 out of 5 stars
By F on 03-31-14

Excellent

What did you like most about David Copperfield?

Brilliantly read with epic story

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

how he sorted out his life in difficult circumstances

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

No, but I will be doing

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

Time spent with Peggoty

Any additional comments?

Never been a Dickens fan, but this book changed my view. I would definitely recommend it, it was excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
By LC on 09-23-16

A favourite classic told well

David Copperfield is a favourite of mine and this audio version definitely does it justice.

The narrator has an understated style but still does a fantastic job of bringing all of Dickens's characters to life.

*Spoilers!*


His depiction of Dora completely changed my previous (rather uncharitible) perspective on her character and made me understand how David fell in love with her childlike charm.

Daniel Peggoty was exactly as I'd imagined, as was his sister, David's Aunt Betsy, and the foolish and melodramatic Micawbers. Traddles's kindness and good nature shine throughout. The narrator's take on David himself hits the perfect balance of sincerity and gentle self deprecating humour.

All in all this is a lovely audio version that remains true to the classic tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 03-12-16

A wonderful life story.

I loved this - so beautifully written, and an engaging tale with fantastic characters throughout. Wish I could do it all again!

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