Its hard to criticize Dickens (at least what I've read), I mean he is truly epically awesome. Probably the best writer of all time I think. The only thing I would say is that the general meaning and importance of the story is perhaps lacking, in other words it seems to have a less significant general theme then perhaps could have been achieved with an entirely different story and concept. But that is a very strange and obscure criticism, and this is what he chose and knew how to write about. So what am I saying? Nothing really this book is awesome.
Every time I read/listen to this novel, I'm hoping for a little more than I get - probably because A Tale of Two Cities is one of my all-time favourites leaving me in great gasping sobs near the end. Great Expectations is enjoyable enough, an interesting story with appealing characters, but I'm never quite moved to anything more than passing interest. Still worth a listen.
The performance was fine, though a little fast. Perhaps that's just me though, I generally need a bit more time to process Dickens.
I was forced to read this book as a seventh grader. I HATED it!! I cannot emphasize this enough.
Fro some totally crazy reason, I ordered it expecting not to like it again. But, I wanted to expand my horizons and besides, I love Frank Muller's narration!
So I must admit,though being forced to read it, I could not remember anything at all except Miss Haversham and that obnoxious wedding table of her. So, clearly,, seventh grade was a long , LONG time ago!
I absolutely LOVED this book! No kidding! I have not previously been a Dickens fan, but now I'd have to say I am, of at least some of his works.
This is a great story, a bit of a cautionary tale and even a romance and story of enduring love between friends and family.
I was totally amazed at how much I loved this book.
And of course, the great Frank makes it even better! He does his usual job of excellent narration.
So, the moral of the story is... even if you hated it in junior high, try it again in twenty or MORE years!:)
I listen to books while I do the repetitive part of my job and while I do yard work. I can't use audiobooks that require strict attention.
I do not love Dickens. In my grandmother's words he never used one word when a thousand would do. Serial stories and being paid by the word did not improve his writing. Listening to it made that fact less onerous. And the last half is better than the beginning. I will never read it again, but I am glad that I know the whole story, now.
The alternate ending (that I never knew existed) was a real treat
Believe it or not.....The Firm
Pip finally taking responsibility for his life near the end of the book, but not too late to make something of his life.
Pip finding out his true love would marry another man
This is a classic that I find easy to enjoy. I personally think that, for me, to get to most out of this particular book, I need to maybe read rather than listen to it. The reason is that the stories get quite tangled and have a lot of intricate detail that I don't catch as much if I am listening while doing other things. Either way, I recommend it!
Yes, but by a different reader. I had listened to it before, and thought I was ordering the same reader, but I apparently did not order what I was expecting.
The language, wonderfully developed characters, convoluted plot. It is Dickens at his best.
The reader reads much too fast; he does a nice job with the accents, but the pace is so rapid that Dickens' delicious language is lost in the rush.
Often made me laugh--and the relationship between Pip and Joe is very touching.
Here Charles Dickens takes his view of society where so many people had Great Expectations for the world they were building only to have those expectation taken away. Here we follow Pip who is a simple kid that is suddenly taken under someone's wing to be nurtured and raised in an environment above what he's used too. We see how he has all these expectation of the world just to have them dashed by the world developing around him. Charles develops each character as the story progresses giving us a deep understanding of the English culture. We also see that a lot of what happened back then is still happening today. Where someone says something is good and people jump on it without really looking at it. I haven't read this book since I was in school and it was well worth the read again.
I had read the book before. Hearing it read to me made the experience of the book come alive as never before.
I could also sense why Dickens is considered a classisist. I could discern the subtle aspects of both the novel and characters.