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.
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A superb and moving piece of literature
Excellent Performance of an Excellent Work
It ranks as one of the top in the classics
David, because he had so much to learn through his life and so much to go through.
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.
With Dickens there are always emotions and I always find different emotions coming into play when I'm listening to this book.
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!
- Derek Thorburn