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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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What a performance!

If I could give higher marks for the performance I would. The broad range of characters were all voiced to perfection. Some were quite hilarious (the elder Spenlow sisters!).

The story is typical Dickens grand storytelling. I listen to audiobooks while I work (as a painter) and this riveting book kept me tethered to my easel for many long hours.

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Wholesome, would recommend

The book is long but oh so wholesome. The plot is steady, the way Charles entices empathy from the reader for all his characters from stern to loopy is magical. The narrator brought the words to life, I'm very happy to have spent my time on this novel.

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Great Story

I would never have read this as a book but Richard Armitage the narrator brought this book to life for me. It will stay with me a while, it was a wonderful story of a time past which I could visualize quite beautifully!

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Excellent

This is a classic tale from Charles Dickens. Poor boy fighting his way through the world, meeting people and living his life the best way he can. Richard Armitage is an excellent narrator. His changes in character, accent, etc., is wonderful. He really brings the individual characters to life in such a way as to create images in the listener's mind as to what the character looks like and acts like.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

This very long novel is perhaps the epitome of Dickens’ work. It is set in the early 19th century, when the author born in 1812 was young, before the advent of trains when horse-pulled stagecoaches were still the only means of inter-city transportation (besides walking!). Written in the first person, like a memoir, it is funny but oftentimes sad and even melodramatic. Though very well structured, with hints here and there of what is to come, it is peppered with coincidences and outcomes that make it in no way plausible.

The novel centres on the characters and their vicissitudes, quite limited descriptions being made of their locales or more generally of London, Canterbury and Dover where they live. In fact, though there is definitely an arc, the plot may be seen primarily as a means to describe very different characters and their interactions. Though each protagonist is very distinctive, many are not unidimensional and evolve as the story develops. This is certainly the case for David Copperfield himself who is initially a very naïve boy and slowly grows to see evil where it is patent, as in Uriah.

The audio version is masterfully narrated, with a very specific tone given to each of the many characters. In truth, this evokes the Victorian experience of listening to a novel being read out loud by a family member next to the parlour’s fireplace on a long winter night.

It is very warmly recommended.

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My new favourite listen

Armitage really brings this old favourite of mine to life. The story itself is a delightful adventure and if you haven't picked it up yet now is the time.

Each time I pressed play I felt as though I was squirreled away in a corner inhaling the sent of old book, and became completely immersed in old London. I will definitely be listening to this again in years to come.

Whether you are familiar with the book or not, you are in for a treat!

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Wonderful!

I read David Copperfield, as a teenager - 50 years ago - and coming back to it now has been a delight.
Richard Armitage, the narrator, gives a Command Performance, bringing Dickens' characters to life with deep understanding, empathy, humour and a variety of British accents.
Audible comes with me on my walks on my iPhone and I am sure I have raised some eyebrows from passers by, as I burst out laughing listening to Armitage's hilarious interpretation of the rich characters.
I highly recommend this Audible version of David Copperfield.

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A real classic

I had no idea I would enjoy this book so much...the narrator is absolutely top notch, doing all the characters in different voices, and never mixing them up or making a mistake in tone, and of all the authors books that I have read, this one is the best. I read in a review that this was Charles Dicken’s favourite of all his books, and I can see why.

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marvelous!

one of the best narrators, period. excellent book! even somewhat cheesy ending does not eclipse this work of genius.

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Absolute masterclass, across the board.(Golf clap)

That’s how it’s done. Completely amazing! I’ve gone through many audiobooks, but this is my first review. Need I say more?

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  • donna lupton
  • 2018-12-07

Surprisingly Superior

I was hesitant at first when I got this book, I do enjoy classic literature but Dickens is not one I typically like. the book is like many of his others, simply dipicting the life of a individual. Yet the characters are lovable and realistic, the life lessons are multiple and Richard Armitage does a superb job of bringing the story to fruition

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  • Wayne
  • 2017-09-03

A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

I find Charles Dickens' novels difficult to read because of his sentence structure and length. Reading David Copperfield was especially difficult for me due to the length of the novel, but the story is so worthwhile that the effort is rewarded.

I listened to this Audible version one or two chapters a day over several weeks. Richard Armitage does an incredible job of narration especially with the character's voices. Listening to him is a joy. There are many excellent narrators of audio books, but the consistent quality of Armitage's work of over 36 hours of David Copperfield ranks this as the best narrated audio book I have ever listened to. It is a classic narration of an English classic novel.

This narration of David Copperfield by Richard Armitage has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION. Even if you have previously read the book and maybe especially if you have not read David Copperfield, you will enjoy this audio book.

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  • Diane P
  • 2018-09-08

An astonishing, rapturous narration of a beautiful story

I am so amazed by the narration of this book, which was new to me. It is so compassionate, so vivid, so human. Not just engaged but embodying these characters so cleverly drawn by Dickens, bringing them to three-dimensional life. He makes the florid prose easy(ish) to follow.

I adore Dickens’ subtle observations of human nature. I was profoundly touched by this book. My favorite character was Mr. Micawber— what a wonderful journey we have with him; such an unexpected one... and so, so funny.

In closing, I think Mr. Armitage may deliver the finest narration for an audiobook that I have had the pleasure of hearing.

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  • tessa
  • 2016-02-09

The Armitage Voice"

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

So far, this is the one I love the most....David Copperfield is one of my favorites anyway, but to have that voice, the voice of Richard Armitage "read it to me", just awesome

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, they way he reads, the tones, the inflections, the voice changes is just brilliant..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did, but I needed to sleep...

Any additional comments?

Just keep them coming with Richard Armitage at the helm.......Thank you to Audible and to "The Armitage" for bringing David Copperfield to life.....

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  • Christopher
  • 2016-02-22

Classic Story with Superb Performance.

What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield [Audible Studios] the most enjoyable?

Richard Armitage's voice was incredible. He brought this book to a new life. His beautiful inflections and characterizations were spot on.

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You've either read David Copperfield and want to know if it is worth the listen, or you are new to this work. Be not hesitant, this is one of the best performances on Audible. And David Copperfield is just classic. Dicken's has a definite style to him. He's studied for a reason, and that reason is damned good writing. Spend the credit... you'll be cultured as well as entertained.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2018-05-21

Procrastination is the thief of time...

“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

'David Copperfield' contains more saints per capita than any beatified book by Butler. Dickens is amazing in his ability to be both grand and personal. David Copperfield is sprawling, with dozens of threads that weave around David Copperfield's youth and adulthood. IT is amazing not only how he can transform a character through time, but also show that our perceptions of those same characters are drawn often from imperfect information and overly simple assumptions. Yes, there are parts of 'David Copperfield' that float between the melodramatic and the grotesque, but one doesn't read Dickens for the unmoving, normal or embellished. There are a handful of novels that I would consider to be the literary equivalent of scripture: 'Les Miserables', 'the Idiot', 'Anna Karenina', and for sure 'David Copperfield'.

There are several moments in 'David Copperfield' when, as a reader, you recognize you will never be half the writer Dickens was (on deadline). He might just be second to Shakespeare in my book, or at least be among a small cadre of writers that belong on the silver pedestal below the Bard.

This isn't as technically perfect as 'Great Expectations', but it is top tier Dickens for sure. A massive novel that floats with the weight of a beach read half its size. If you are going to read a Dickens, this might not be your first stop, but it shouldn't be far from your second.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2016-07-24

Absolutely spot-on perfect!!!!

I have read David Copperfield at least three times over the years, along with most of Dickens, and my love of Dickens led me to Wilkie Collins...what I'm trying to say is that I'm a huge enthusiast of the author as well as this story and allow me to assure you; THIS is an absolutely AMAZING narrator who brings each individual character to life, whether it's a middle aged aunt with a starchy Scottish brogue, a creepy villian, be he ever so 'umble, a sweet young lady, or a sensitive man recalling his childhood. This production is transporting.

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  • Barbieri, Philip
  • 2018-11-29

Voice perfect

Richard Armitage has been my favorite reader to date. I was enthralled by his narration of David Copperfield. His voice was perfect for this Charles Dickens' masterpiece. I tried reading the book years ago, but was glad that I dropped out of reading it myself since Richard Armitage so enriched the experience for me when I finally found this. I keep hoping I'll find another reader as perfectly suited to the material as was the case with this match made in heaven.

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  • Alexandra R. Charles
  • 2018-11-29

What a classic

I was concerned that David Copperfield was Dicken's favorite novel. Victorian sentimentality can be over the top, but Richard Armitage's characterization is consistent and nuanced. I was transported to the world created and the narrative evoked empathy and sympathy without being maudlin.

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  • sweezie52
  • 2018-11-21

Wonderful Narration of an Equally Wonderful Story

Charles Dickens is unsurpassed as a writer, in my view, and this reading of David Copperfield is particularly wonderful. If they gave an Oscar for audio book narration, Armitage would sweep the category!

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