I haven't read the print version, but hearing the characters SO well read, I can't imagine that the book could be better!
Joe - such a wonderful character, overlooking so much that would normally be criticised in another, for love's sake. I'd love to have had him for a friend/brother whatever...
He never once mixed up his characters, and I could tell immediately nearly every time which character was speaking before the 'narrator' gave the show away. His voices matched the character of each person wonderfully! I loved the softness and grufness and 'high-brow' and desperate etc... all beautifully crafted.
Towards the end, I found myself quite emotional to think that despite all the 'Great Expectations' Pip once had, and despite his wandering off the path of faithfulness etc and his pride etc, he still learned how to show love and grace in his life towards people like 'Mr Pocket' (Herbert), and eventually towards his benefactor. So it was wonderful that there is the suggestion at the very end that he may finally get some reward for all that he had been through - so much of it not of his own making.
The only reason I'd like to have the written version is to more easily check facts etc - easier to flick through a book. But after a hard day at the computer, I'm MORE than happy to have a story told to me, rather than have to hold a heavy book whilst tiring my eyes... :)
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