David Copperfield Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.
This epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming-of-age stories in literature, chronicling David Copperfield's extraordinary journey through life as he encounters villains, saviors, eccentrics, and grotesques - including the wicked Mr. Murdstone, stouthearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber, and the odious Uriah Heep. Dickens' great novel (based, in part, on his own boyhood and which he described as a "favorite child") is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic.
Listen to Richard Armitage bring Dickens' words to life, and you'll understand why Virginia Woolf called David Copperfield "the most perfect of all the Dickens novels".
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|Listening Length||36 hours and 30 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 09, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #64,370 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,795 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,571 in Classic Literature & Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2016
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David Copperfield is such an empty vessel, such s pliable lump of clay. How could anyone take interest in him?
He does not mark the world but seems to take on the shape impressed on him by those around him. He does not affect the world but is affected by it. If you stop there,, he is the most boring character in the world.
But if you watch closely, you will see that he gathers shape from the honest and good hearted around him and seems unaffected by the cruel and heartless people around him. As he grows, he becomes more worthy and more a magnet to the honest and. good hearted. As he becomes more worthy, his story becomes more profound and insightful, if you can see it. Is Dickens a moldy 18th century relic or a mirror to wholeness and richness in your life? It is more up to you than to Dickens.
Throughout David Copperfield one sees the recurrent theme of the inhumanity brought about by elitism and the need to return to the essential natural attitudes of love, compassion, reverence for elders, etc.
Rousseau, coming from a slightly different perspective, argues just as strongly for an optimistic view of human nature. It is not that there are no bad men. But the old regime of an aristocracy and a religious mythology of man wounded by original sin and needing to devote one’s life to preparing the soul for God is firmly rejected.
We all live in Dickens’s and Rousseau’s world. Our moral character is judged by our conduct towards others; ideally rich and poor alike share one ethic. The sea change that Dickens and Rousseau helped bring about is now almost lost in the mists of history. To read David Copperfield is to immerse oneself in the change to modern ethics and so to the transition to modern civilization.
One thing I've decided, listening to these audiobooks, is that Dickens was intended to be read out loud. Probably most literature from previous eras was intended to be read out loud.
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Charles Dickens’ favourite of his novels (and one that is believed to be, at least in part, a thinly veiled autobiography of its author) this is a very engaging and entertaining story which I first read at school and which, although I have been meaning to revisit it many times since, has actually taken me decades to get around to it. However, now I have done so, I am very glad that I took the time out to reread this novel, and although I have to admit to finding some of Dickens’ writing to be overly dramatic and overly sentimental, it’s also true that he is a great storyteller who creates some wonderfully comical characters for his stories. Like the author’s ‘Great Expectations’ this is a marvellous coming-of-age story and one which amongst all the humour also looks at injustice, inequality, social status and more. Finally I will just add that for this rereading I chose the Vintage Classics edition with French flaps, decorated endpapers and sprayed page edges - not only is this edition attractive to look at and to hold but the pages are of a larger size than most paperbacks and the print is of a decent size too - which is not always the case with some of these reprinted classics. Recommended.
The characters are such a reflection of our own times, Mr Peggotty, Ham, Clara Peggoty & aunt Betsey find their opposites in Dippy Dora (high maintenance), her father (the shrewd financial businessman who always defers to his partner) and the ‘murderous’ Mudstones’ who eventually get their comeuppance of sorts, as well as the despicable Uriah Heep. But for me the icing on the cake is Mr Micawber with his love of language and financial wisdom.
Income, nineteen shillings and sixpence. Expenditure, nineteen shillings. Result, happiness. Income, nineteen shillings and sixpence. Expenditure, twenty shillings. Result, misery.