Not much can be added to what has been said over the years about Dickens' vast and incredibly deep stories. The only thing new I can add is that until you've heard it narrated by Frank Muller, you haven't heard the whole story. Do an Audible search for Frank Muller and see what other great stories he can bring to life.
They are called classics for a reason.
Dickens never disappoints - try A Tale of Two Cities for another great audiobook.
Love Frank Mueller's readings, but this is a bit too fast for the work. The recording quality is only fair, and one struggles to comprehend in the car.
Emotional, adventurous, sadness.
Pip imploring Estella not to get married. My heart ached for his that was breaking.
Seriously, I cannot pick a "favorite".
Yes, it took me much longer to read/listen to than it should have, partly because deep down, I didn't want to leave Pip behind.
If you're looking at which version to listen to, you will not be disappointed with this performance. It is fantastic.
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.