A wonderful tale made better by an excellent reading and production. I was going to buy a different reading that was combined with another Dickens book, but after reading the reviews of this production, I opted for this one and I was not disappointed in my decision.
Charlton Griffin is my favorite narrator and he does not disappoint in this excellent rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. He does such an amazing job with all the different voices, from the young Pip to the adult version, as well as all the other characters, male and female. I first was introduced to his work in Sherlock Holmes which was excellent as well. I highly recommend this version to anyone interested in this book.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Charles Dickens’ art is in divining human nature, and making readers care for heroes that covet and receive natural justice. Every character in Dickens’ “Great Expectations” (and there are many) are good and bad, heroes or villains that receive just rewards; at least, by the turn of the final page.
Pip is Dickens’ main character. Pip is a young orphaned boy, living with his sister and her husband. The husband is Joe Gargery, a perfect surrogate father to Pip. Joe is kind and nurturing with a simple view of life. Joe neither judges nor condemns Pip’s growth to manhood. His shrewish wife is counterpoint to Joe’s nature. She gives depth to Joe’s character by contrast to his ideal goodness. Her shrewish habits show too much pride, little understanding and no empathy for others. Pip learns and exhibits all of Joe’s and his wife’s characteristics as he grows to manhood. Pip is not perfect; i.e. he is burdened by human nature, the fault of being human.
“Great Expectations” is a wonderful story. It entertains while offering lessons for living life. Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you is the credo of those who believe in natural justice; i.e. human nature is rewarded by a just measure of reward and punishment. At least, that seems Dickens’ view of life. There are other beliefs, less just, and consequently less comforting.
It is a confirmed classic written by a master at the zenith of his form. NYT best sellers are occasionally decent provender, but if you've not read Dickens, Melville, Dostoevsky, et al, then you've merely munched Frankfurters at Disney World, but not scaled to the summit of Mt. Everest to feast on the spectacle.
It is difficult to imagine a more perfect reading and recording. Mr. Charlton Griffin is the only choice, especially for meaty, challenging classics such as this.
Absolutely. Charlton Griffin's narration makes a classic story come alive and truly memorable. Will listen to this again!
His portrayal of each character. His chosen voice matches their character precisely!
Constancy in the end. While many of Pip's earlier decisions were vain and foolish, his true character shines through at the end.
Buy it and listen. You will not be disappointed!
I love Dickens, and the audio version with his different voices helps sort out his sometimes wordiness. I enjoyed it very much.
Some 60 years ago, in a one-room, one-teacher school house of 8 grades and 16 students, our teacher read Great Expectations to us as part of our heads-on-your-desks rest time (for her sanity, I am sure). I loved it then and now. Charlton Griffin reads wonderfully, capturing the tone of Dickens's characters and the pace of the plot. This is old fashioned storytelling that any modern critic could fault, but I loved relaxing and letting the reading take over my thoughts like it did when I was a child. No plot summary can even hint at the power of Dickens to capture his reader' imaginations.
after reading the reviews about this reader, charlton griffin, i decided to give it a try. i'm pretty picky about who i listen to... but he's excellent. (and that's 20+ hours of listening). i really looked forward to my long subway ride so that i'd have an excuse to listen to this book!
Convinced that Dickens must have worthwhile aspects that I have heretofore overlooked, since he continues to be read and admired, I determined to give him another chance with the excellent reader, Charlton Griffin. The listen worked painlessly and well. Griffin helped me to believe in the improbable characters (except for Estella, who is beyond hope), and between writer and reader, they wrung a few laughs and tears from me. Apparently, in the original serialized version of Great Expectations, Pip and Biddie were to be united at the end, but Dickens was influenced to opt for Estella. Bad choice for both Pip and the novel, but Griffin eases us over it.
I had to read this book in highschool freshman year. I was struggling and mom bought me tapes to listen too. after reading i decided i liked the book and donated the tapes to my teacher. worst mistake of my life. I searched high and low for the same series when i came upon this version. I was excited cause it was the same version i had in highschool 5 years ago. The audio is great and i like the different voices for characters.