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David Copperfield

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.
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Stunning performance of a complex rich tale

Martin Jarvis is quite brilliant in capturing this wonderful multilayered story based I think on Dickens’ life. He captures the wonderful qualities of all the characters Micawber and his wife, Peggarty, Dora and Agnes, little Emily, Betsy Trottwood and of course Trott himself. It’s funny, endearing, heart wrenching and much more. Quite simply a brilliant rendition of a classic.

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Fantastic tale, brilliantly performed

At times heart wrenching, often very funny, this story is a roller coaster in slow time. Full of eccentric characters described with passion and brought to life brilliantly by the awesome performance of Martin Jones.

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Stunning Classic, perfect narrator

Apart from guilt for enjoying the work of an alleged blackguard, I loved this book.

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loved it. excellent performance. truly magnificent from beginning to end. Wonder narration and great presentation.

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Brilliant

This is the best of all the many books I have listened to, due largely to the brilliant voice and dramatic reading skills of Martin Jarvis. I was captivated. This was not a book I had ever thought of reading but I read a review by another listener who said they enjoyed the book due to the amazing talent of the narrator. I wholeheartedly agree. I highly recommend it.

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  • 9S
  • 30-10-2009

Perfect narrator for one of the best classics.

Reading David Copperfield is always a great pleasure, but listening to a superb reader makes is doubly so. I have listened to four different people narrate this classic, and Jarvis stands tall as the best. He simply offers an outstanding performance. There's no need to give a synopsis of David Copperield, I just want to encourage Audible members to choose this version since the reader makes it more enjoyable than other performers who have narrted the classic tale. Download it and travel back in time to the Dickensian world.

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  • Mr
  • 26-01-2009

David Copperfield - Perfection

This audio book is, in my opinion, quite simply the most rewarding listening possible.

David Copperfield is rightly considered a classic. It is a wonderful book that sweeps through a life and has such characters in it as would pitch the listener between pity, anger and farce. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud and on several occasions I was moved almost to tears.

This reading enhances the reputation of classic in almost every way. Superb narration, diction and tempo, consistent and effortless characterizations and a pretty good recording make this audio book the highlight of my Audible association.

Can't recommend this any higher

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  • Anna
  • 15-04-2009

Enchanting.

This was the first audiobook I have ever listened to, and I am so glad I chose this one for my initiation. Martin Jarvis is simply amazing; a truly talented man. I never tired of listening to his voice-- his accent is perfect. He performs all of the voices of the characters (which are numerous) with such skill, it almost felt like I was listening to a whole cast rather than this one amazing actor. The book itself is wonderful. I was never fond of reading Dickens, but hearing it "performed" in this manner has made me a Dickens fan. You won't regret listening to this one.

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  • Debberdee
  • 25-02-2010

Absorbing story expertly narrated

I was a real pleasure listening to this book. Martin Jarvis is a master. He is perhaps my favorite narrator of all. His voice is lovely, and he has created a dozen or so unique character voices that he somehow manages to keep straight throughout. Moreover, he moves effortlessly between character and narrator, giving us a seamless listen.

The story itself is so rich in description and detail that I am transported body and soul to Victorian England. The dialog is beautifully written and makes me yearn for the gentility of centuries past.

Highly recommended.

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  • Theblackersheep
  • 10-06-2009

Brilliant Narrator

Martin Jarvis' narration of this book was nothing short of brilliant. He really made the characters come to life and coloured in the story. It was like seeing a black and white film in colour for the first time. I'm working my way through all of Dickens books and am really glad I got this one. I'll certainly be looking forward to hearing more of Jarvis.

This book was not quite as action packed and fraught with evil deeds as some of Dickens' other works, but it's a good tale all the same. It's fascinating to watch as the characters develop and change over time. It's fun, positive and full of characters that seem like old friends by the time you finish. Loved it.

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  • Cherry
  • 26-03-2009

This reading by Mr. Martin Jarvis is astounding!

Never have I enjoyed an audiobook more! Mr. Jarvis' character voices and reading skill, rendered with gusto and great depth, turn what could have been a mere auditory experience into a rich encounter with high drama, humour, pathos and pure fun. In short - BRAVO!

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  • Tom
  • 26-12-2008

I really enjoyed it!!

This is totally enjoyable even though I have read the book before, listening to the audio was great.
If audible books are like Daved Copperfield (Unabridged), then I will continue to purchase them.

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  • Jeff
  • 17-04-2012

DICKENS BEST

I've read all of Dickens novels, Many more than once, and the best as far as I'm concerned is David Copperfield. So many great characters and so many great twists and turns. It is quite hard to pick a favorite because almost all of his books are so remarkable, and in audible with a top notch narrator they are a uniquely enriching experience!!

There are so many unique characters in Dickens novels and that presents an opportunity to separate those truly gifted narrators from the pack. They produce something so special that youll have no problem calling them great artists. Jarvis does a great job on this one. I highly recommend it. Dickens and audible are made for each other!

My favorite Dickens narration was Little Dorrit narrated by Anton Lesser. I envy you if your just starting to listen to Dickens on audible, you have many treasures in store!!

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  • Nancy Bauer
  • 27-06-2009

Absolutely magical

I imagine that if Dickens were alive he would be just as enthralled by Martin Jarvis as the Audible audience will be. Jarvis makes every character come alive and brings out Dickens's genius as a storyteller, a judge of character, and a write of great flexibility and skill. Sheer pleasure from beginning to end.

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  • Ilana
  • 27-05-2012

His Favourite Child

"'Good day, sir,' said my aunt, 'and good-bye! Good day to you, too, ma'am,' said my aunt, turning suddenly upon his sister. 'Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and as sure as you have a head upon your shoulders, I'll knock your bonnet off, and tread upon it!'

It would require a painter, and no common painter too, to depict my aunt's face as she delivered herself of this very unexpected sentiment, and Miss Murdstone's face as she heard it. But the manner of the speech, no less than the matter, was so fiery, that Miss Murdstone, without a word in answer, discreetly put her arm through her brother's, and walked haughtily out of the cottage; my aunt remaining in the window looking after them; prepared, I have no doubt, in case of the donkey's reappearance, to carry her threat into instant execution."

The above is taken from chapter 14: MY AUNT MAKES UP HER MIND ABOUT ME, which I found so funny that I listened to it over and over again so I could take in every nuance of this speech delivered by one of the novel's most colourful characters, albeit she was one of several.


This is Dicken's epic and semi-autobigraphical story about young David Copperfield, born six months after his father's passing, who suffered a miserable childhood during which he was abused by his mother's tyrannical new husband Edward Murdstone and his sister, who separated him from his beloved mother and sent him to a school where punishments were handed out violently and frequently. When David's still young mother passes away, Edward Murdstone, far from showing any compassion, puts nine-year-old David to work at a menial job in a factory in London, where he is left to fend for himself on a meagre salary. David eventually decides to escape and makes a long difficult journey to seek out his great aunt Betsey Trottwood. This wonderful character takes David under her wing and gives him a loving home and an education until he is ready to pursue his studies toward a respectable career. As a young man, David falls in love repeatedly and eventually becomes obsessed with Dora Spenlow, a young lady he is determined to marry one day. The novel takes us through many twists and turns and introduces a great number of fascinating characters, some most likeable, some delightfully wicked, with many plot lines which are all resolved toward the end of the novel, when David, now a well-known writer, has gained in maturity and found his heart's desire.

We all know that Dickens was verbose and he did not disappoint in that respect with this novel, which he considered to be his favourite child. I too found much to like with this story and was delighted with the overall light tone and David's good nature even as he went through incredible difficulties.

I strongly recommend this version wonderfully performed by Martin Jarvis.

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  • Mr David Newton
  • 15-09-2009

The Joy of Audible

The joy of Audible is that you can hear a book read in it's entirety.
The joy of Dickens is that he gives us so many great and memorable characters, Uriah Heep, Mr Macawber, Barkiss, Peggety, Betsie Trotwood and many more in this wonderful book.
The joy of Martin Jarvis is that he brings every Dickens character to life in wonderful clarity.
In this reading of David Copperfield you get a massive 35 hours of every scene of this incomparable and gripping story.
I had to turn off the story from time to time but was always eager to find out what would happen as the drama twists and turns in every chapter.
Thank you Audible for the complete story.

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  • Maureen
  • 09-03-2010

Excellent

This is a superb audiobook full of humour as well as sadness. It is peopled with wonderful and memorable characters and Martin Jarvis marvellous reading brings them alive.

I was forced to read this book at school when I was obviously far too young and did not 'get' the humour. What a mistake! Only now, after 40 years, was I tempted to try it again. I am now off to get other Dickens audio books!

I highly recommend this book to you . . . it is just made to be read aloud and I can think of no better person than Martin Jarvis to do so.

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  • Barry
  • 23-10-2010

The Greatest

In a nutshell..The Greatest writer, his Greatest book, read by the Greatest Narrator.
The wealth of characters are astonishing,the strange Miss Dartle,the evil Mr Murdstone, the despicable and slimy Uriah Heep and the hilarious Mr Micawber, are but a few of the dozens of vivid characters in Dickens masterpiece.
They are all brought to life by the narration of the magnificent Martin Jarvis,whose vocal characterisations are nothing short of astonishing.
A must buy for any audio-book fan

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  • Deborah
  • 05-07-2010

Excellent reading

Martin Jarvis is a natural for Dickens. His voice dramatizes the characters superbly and I cannot imagine anyone doing David Copperfield's long list of glittering characters more justice than this particular reader.
My favourite is Aunt Betsey and her cry of 'Donkeys!' which brought tears of laughter to my eyes. Jarvis also makes the unctuous Uriah Heep seem even more sinister and fishy, while managing a different breathy voice for each of the female characters. Astonishingly good. I loved this reading and recommend it thoroughly.

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  • Mr. JP
  • 11-02-2015

Fantastic

I would definitely not been able to read this so well-english written book.
Incredible, narrator is 10/10, legendary individual who breathes being in a character with their bespoke accepts and class act.
This book is long as I found but since it was always designed to be read in passages, stories, I have taken my time with it for which I am extremely grateful.

A very satisfying tear-inspiring ending too.

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True to word, overwhelmed.
Better than expected.
10/10

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  • Mrs Cora Mullenger
  • 22-12-2014

A joy to listen to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It gave me a complete escape from the world around me.

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

The moment where Peggety thought a crocodile was a vegetable!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Where Urah Heap was unveiled by Mr McCawber

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Innocence and evil

Any additional comments?

Martin Jarivs' narration was superb, his characterizations were excellent.

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  • Gregory
  • 31-03-2011

a one-man full-cast performance

This is a wonderful reading of a great novel. It is really like having a full-cast performance; Martin Jarvis manages to provide every character with a distinctive voice. Uriah Heep (whom he played on a television version) is perhaps the most striking - disturbingly creepy. But full marks also to his splendidly booming Micawber and his whining Mrs Gummidge. Perhaps the best thing is how he manages to turn even the most minor of characters - like the asthmatic Mr Omer, for instance - into memorable figures. It's a novel I've always been fond of and this performance has greatly enriched it for me.

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  • Peter
  • 13-08-2009

David Copperfield

Dickens excellent story telling made even more fascinating with the naration by Martin Jarvis, who must undoubtably be the best there is.

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  • Margaret
  • 03-01-2015

Brilliant

Very enjoyable Martin Javis at his very best and , of couse, a classic story

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  • ANNA
  • 24-06-2013

Janet! Donkeys!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would and I did! I love everything about this audiobook and it gave me its all from laugh out loud moments to teary eyes on the tube!

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

I love Jarvis's voice! Particularly how he swaps from one character to another, accent and all, and captures them perfectly.

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

"There can be no disparity in marriage like the unsuitability of mind and purpose"

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