Richard Armitage talks David Copperfield to NYT

Here. Armitage piece starts around 35 minutes in.

~ by Servetus on March 4, 2016.

8 Responses to “Richard Armitage talks David Copperfield to NYT”

  1. He answered some pretty worthwhile questions here about how he created the different voices for the various people ( I found esp the ‘Uriah Heep’ part interesting), and how he was able to remember them later (with a little digital help! 🙂 ) throughout this weighty tome….Hearing him talk about his narrations and his ability to memorise and to concentrate on so many little details still utterly impresses me.


    • I thought the discussion of why he found it hard to do that voice without moving was really intriguing.


  2. Thank you ! It was very enjoyable 🙂


  3. Interesting interview! A little bit of Uriah Heep in Francis Dolarhyde? I’ll be listening out for that. And no, I don’t think you can listen to these long books in one go. I listened to “The Chimes” in small chunks and I’m still working through “Hamlet” the same way. I think “David Copperfield” will take quite a long time, but as others have pointed out, Dickens wrote it as an episodic drama so it should work that way.
    The other thing that interests me is how often he revisits projects that have intrigued him, such as “The Crucible” in drama school and then on stage last year. Some things seem to stay with him. He has mentioned “Crime and Punishment” several times, and I hope he gets to do that in some form at some time.


  4. Interesting. I listen to audiobooks on my daily commute. Usually something more palatable than David Copperfiled though. Some of Dickens’ work make you want to slit you wrists before you’ve finished it. Some old Greek tragedies have that effect on me too. Not sure I want to start with DC. Can you recommend instead something easy and entertaining that he read? I’m curious, and he does have a nice deep voice which is a bonus.


    • That’s pretty much how I feel about Dickens, too. If Georgette Heyer is not too unserious for you, he did three of her novels and fans really love them. You can probably get them from Audible. He also did a bunch of stories from the BBC Robin Hood back in 2006 — they are not very good stories but they have their funny moments and you get lots of his voice.

      My favorite audiobook of his is Lords of the North, but it’s nigh impossible to get a copy now, as far as I know.


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