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Publisher's Summary

The intensely personal David Copperfield (widely regarded to be the most autobiographical of the author’s novels) is one of Dickens’ greatest works. We follow David Copperfield from birth and miserable childhood to inevitable tragedies, until he finally finds happiness later in life. Full of some of the most memorable characters in literary history. Nicholas Boulton’s depiction of the oily Uriah Heep and David Copperfield’s sinister stepfather, Murdstone, do the novel full justice.
Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By ML on 03-22-12

Dickens would be proud

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

Mr. Boulton's reading was excellent...masterfully changing his accent and tone to portray the plethora of Dickens' wonderful characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Dickens' character development is so wonderful. He is a true wordsmith and a wonderful observer of human nature. This is one of my favorite books and each reading/listening strengthens my love of it.

Any additional comments?

Superb story read by a real master

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly on 08-22-13

Depressed When it Ended

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

I haven't read the print version, but I can only imagine that the audio version is so much better. Nicholas Boulton is my absolute favorite narrator, and I didn't think you could get much better than Grover Gardner. Hearing Nicholas Boulton read such a classic is like going to the theatre in the privacy of your home. I was depressed for days when the book ended.

What did you like best about this story?

Dickens' stories are always so rich. Full of adventure, full of charm, and full of intricacies. If you want a longer read, a story that you can sink your teeth into, then choose a Dickens classic.

What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

Absolutely everything! I can't say enough good things about Nicholas Boulton's narration. He imbues each character with a life of it's own, and you forget that only one person in reading the story. He does an excellent job with female voices, and male narrators tend to make them sound ridiculous. I chose this book to listen to solely because Nicholas Boulton narrated it, and I was not sorry.

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

There were too many to mention.

Any additional comments?

Please listed to this audio book, you will not be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 04-03-13

A superb and moving piece of literature

This is a very long book that has been excellently narrated and I found a great way to enjoy Dickens if you find some of his work a little ponderous. The tale of David's early life moved me to actual tears and not recomended if you are sitting on a station as I was! Some of Dicken's characters are just a little too caricatured for my liking but the beautiful use of the english language is so humbling. Really worth listening to Dicken's life history first, to truly judge this book (in my opinion) to understand how close this was, in some of the themes, to his own life story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Derek Thorburn on 05-09-16

Excellent Performance of an Excellent Work

Where does David Copperfield [Naxos AudioBooks] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks as one of the top in the classics

Who was your favorite character and why?

David, because he had so much to learn through his life and so much to go through.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scene where Mr Dick helped Doctor Strong and Annie resume their life which had been interrupted by the mischief Uriah Heep caused.

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

With Dickens there are always emotions and I always find different emotions coming into play when I'm listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

This is a long book and many comments from people who have purchased various narrations of it from Audible show that they've read it at school and been put off it because of its length. Dickens can be off-putting if you're not used to him and for anyone who wants to try his books but is not sure where to start, I'd suggest Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. However, if you want to read it, I'd suggest either this reading or the Martin Jarvis one. A reader can really bring across the emotions in this book so well and this compensates for the rather lengthy Dickens prose. Every time I come back to it, however, I get something new out of it.

One Audible customer, after finishing a reading of David Copperfield mentioned a feeling of bereavement. I often feel as though I'm saying goodbye to a much-loved friend on finishing it. Over thirty odd hours, in various installments, you have come to know David, who has been described as Dickens' favourite child and you do feel it when the book finishes. You can tell that Dickens found it difficult himself to round things off.

As with the majority of books by Dickens, there is always humour: the scene at Blunderstone when Betsey Trotwood visits is very humourous, as are the scenes with Mr Micawber and I love the scene at the picnic on Dora's birthday when David is really on fire with love for her. Such phrases as "The sun shone Dora, the Wind Blew Dora, the Birds sang Dora" often bring a smile of recollection of times when I've listened to a lovely song which I've dedicated to a person I've loved. Even David's first two loves, Miss Shepherd and the eldest Miss Larkins bring recollections of people I've loved when a child, but to whom I have never told my love.

So don't be put off by the length of the book: why not purchase it with your next credit, sit down and imagine yourself sitting in David's parlour as he tells you his story!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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