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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Nathaniel Parker Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dickens' celebrated classic, David Copperfield, read by Nathaniel Parker.

Humorous, dramatic, ironic and tender, David Copperfield has always been one of Dickens's most popular novels. From his boyhood at the knee of his nurse Peggotty, to the cruelties of Salem House Academy and his youthful adoration of Dora Splendow, David begins to learn about life, the world, and the heart. His path to maturity is filled with memorable characters, such as the Micawbers, Uriah Heep, Steerforth and many more. Told as 'autobiography', David Copperfield draws deeply on Dickens's own life and was his own 'favourite child' among his books.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/19/2014

    " Part of me hesitates to give this 5 stars, because some of it was sentimental stuff that makes me crazy, but much of it was indeed amazing. I can't remember when I last marked so many lines in a book. I don't think I've ever seen the equal of his descriptions of people and places, and his understanding of people feels deeply true. Plus I found out where the rock group Uriah Heep got its name! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Potter | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favorites from Charles Dickens. I've heard that this book is at least partially autobiographical, and it would seem to be true, as it feels more personal than any of his other efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Fanoe | 1/14/2014

    " I feel like Dickens is a little uncool today because of his brazen sentimentality and crowd-pleasing tendencies. But the quality of the writing and plotting is always really high and, well, a little sentimentality and crowd-pleasing never killed anybody. Not as ambitious as Bleak House, so I won't give it the full 5, but almost everything here works except the unnecessarily rushed resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany Joy | 1/5/2014

    " The first time I read this book I fell utterly, completely, head-over-heels, in love with David Copperfield. And as a result was roundly teased by my sisters for many years! Although my ardor may have diminished over the years, it has never quite faded. The compelling thing for me about this book is the intense detail of characterization, and the way in which, more than any of his other novels, it has the feel of Dickens' own autobiography. I feel like this is the life Dickens imagined himself leading - a life of gentle joys and quiet observation, in which despite the tears and losses along the way, a happy home is found in the end. For tragedy and drama Oliver Twist or A Tale of Two Cities are where Dickens shines best, but for emotional connection, David Copperfield will always be my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/25/2013

    " I loved this book, especially the second half. This was Charles Dickens' favorite of his novels and his most autobiographical. I loved the memorable characters: Aunt Betsey, Peggoty, Ham, Agnes, and Traddles. I told Isaac (age 18) that this book is better than Great Expectations (his all-time favorite novel) but he doesn't believe me. I love how this book has so much to say about marriage: Clara and Mr. Murdstone (obviously an example of a horrible marriage), Peggoty and Barkis, Traddles and Sophy (so sweet! poor but happy and hard-working newlyweds), David and Dora (oops -- he realized he picked someone without much substance, but he loved her and was true to her anyway), Emily and Ham's engagement (poor Emily learns too late the lesson taught in so many great classic novels: marry the honest, hard-working boy-next-door instead of the handsome arrogant man who sweeps you off your feet), Mr. and Mrs. Micawber (definite comic relief -- and such a loyal wife), and of course David and Agnes. What a powerful book! Favorite quotes: "I think of every little trifle between me and Dora, and feel the truth, that trifles make the sum of life." --chapter LIII "Ever pointing upward, Agnes ; ever leading me to something better ; ever directing me to higher things!...all my life long I shall look up to you, and be guided by you, as I have been through the darkness that is past..." --chapter LX "Miss Mills replied, on general principles, that the Cottage of content was better than the Palace of cold splendour, and that where love was, all was." --chapter XXXVII "Never," said my aunt, "be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you." --chapter XV "Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount, but the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent, and sincere earnestness." --chapter LXII " . . . Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!" --chapter XXVIII "I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time...My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest." --Chapter LXII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 12/12/2013

    " My favorite of his books so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shami | 12/5/2013

    " it was very wonderful experience reading this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas | 9/13/2013

    " Took way too long to finish. Dragged on! I like CD too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allan Conybeare | 2/22/2013

    " Loved it, it's not fast paced but there was enough going on to keep me interested all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Jasinski | 9/8/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book. A wonderful study of marriage, friendship, honor, and how to deal with the curve ball that life throws our way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey Shea | 6/21/2012

    " I loved this book. Poor David Copperfield. He had such a hard time with his childhood. David turns out all right, though. I love Charles Dickens style of writing and can't wait to read more of his books. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moneta | 6/14/2012

    " I couldn't help but to wish the poor orphan boy to succeed in life; however it seemed a little too convenient,at the end of the book, the way in which all potentially unsavory or inconvenient characters were dismissed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amira Mahdy | 6/9/2012

    " A miserable story told in an amusing way... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 5/22/2012

    " It is simply beautiful. I can't say how much I love this book. Definitely one of the books I WILL read again and again. True gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Taylor | 2/5/2012

    " Loved it! Reconfirmed that Dickens is one of the best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarrett | 10/10/2011

    " One of the first classical books i read in my life, it was a life changer- it was also my first Charles dickens novel, so i wasn't sick of pitiful kids yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Best-Page | 6/26/2011

    " Dickens, classic - both ample reasons to read this (don't let movies do all the talking - you're missing out if you do). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deusprimus | 6/20/2011

    " Sometimes a bit rambling, but that is why we read Dickens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 6/19/2011

    " I've read my share of books...and this is my favorite of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/17/2011

    " I found it to be rather tedious and i was unable to finish it though I got past the midway point.
    "Great Expectations" was much better. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Planetcall | 6/16/2011

    " An excellent sad story of a young boy. I read it around 10 years ago from now when I was in high school. Touches young hearts to make a memorable mark. I would love to read it all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/15/2011

    " Whaddaya mean, you've never read any Dickens? What are you, crazy?? Read it, already!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayme | 6/13/2011

    " Finished this and like all other Dickens, loved it from beginning to end. I just knocked off a star due to his wordiness. Less would have been more, but how many perfect books can one person write in a lifetime? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 6/8/2011

    " I honestly don't know why I like this book so much, not a great deal of plot per se, just a life story of a fairly normal but good person. I just kept finding myself drawn to each character and event. This book is somewhat ofan undertaking for me who is not much of a reader but well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/8/2011

    " The plot was fairly predictable, but I felt like the plot was just a means to create some fantastic characters. There were some really beautiful moments, too. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

About the Narrator

Nathaniel Parker has appeared in several films, including The Bodyguard, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Hamlet, while his theatrical roles include Wellbred in Every Man in His Humour, Kudryash in The Storm, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, and Don Pedro in The Rover. Among his television credits are A Village Affair, David, Absolute Hell, and the part of Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd.