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Great Expectations | [Charles Dickens]

Great Expectations

When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

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American actor and audio superstar Frank Muller is known for authenticity of voices, outstanding interpretation, and sheer natural ability. His is a voice one could listen to forever - it's sonorous and mellow without any unpleasant raspiness. Perhaps Muller's narration is a bit fast, but the dramatic intensity and nuance keep one from losing meaning. His characterizations are superb, expecially those of the imperious Jaggers, the sniveling Orlick and the confounding Magwitch. Muller's great strength lies in his ability to project an ease of presentation that, when combined with his extraordinary emotional alertness, produces a most engaging effect. Surprisingly soft-spoken and confidential in tone, Muller's Pip seems to be talking directly to the listener. Dickens would have been pleased.

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When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

(P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Laura Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-06-13
    Laura Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming Pip takes on a life of Great Expectatons"
    Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sincere, sweet, charming, in Dickens quality; very straightforward in style as the narrator explains how he is destined for Great Expectations. The first time this is spoken in the audio Pip's world expands beyond all worldly possessions [happy sigh!]. This audio was suberb in quality, the reading was wonderful-thank you. Among other rankings in my library, this is high up on the list of most valuable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations?

    I won't ruin the end because it was so great, but the funny moments in between when Pip's sister's husband Joe interacts with Pip. Joe is so simplistic in nature. Every time he enters the story you are sure to get a laugh.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, they are all equally superb!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Estella......their interaction was particularly touching. From the moment the two met, each time they'd meet again and most certainly the ending. Unexpected....


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    MarthaCue 02-01-12
    MarthaCue 02-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Does Dickens Justice, and How"

    I couldn't be more delighted with the reader of this funny, ever heartbreaking, lushly written story. The opening chapter captures the terror, bafflement, and resigned victimhood that comprise being a little child among we thoughtless big folks better than any other author ever could or will. Just a gem, to dip into like listening to favorite music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-11-08
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-11-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't Miss It"

    Dickens is, of course, wonderful, but so is Frank Muller, the narrator. It is disconcerting that Audible bills this as one of its children books. It's not. Whether you've read this book before or not, this presents 13 hours of pure pleasure.

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    Lou San Antonio, TX, USA 06-21-05
    Lou San Antonio, TX, USA 06-21-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Voices"

    I never quite got through this book in the past. Listening to the story on a long trip made the trip so much shorter. The narrator did a very good job with the different voices but there was one I couldn't understand easily.

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    Karen 07-30-14
    Karen 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Expectations... Met!"
    If you could sum up Great Expectations in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, adventurous, sadness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations?

    Pip imploring Estella not to get married. My heart ached for his that was breaking.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Seriously, I cannot pick a "favorite".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking at which version to listen to, you will not be disappointed with this performance. It is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 01-12-14
    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book, maybe one criticism"

    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.

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    Jen Johannesburg 03-12-13
    Jen Johannesburg 03-12-13
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    "Enjoyable Enough"

    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.

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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 03-11-13
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really enjoyed this book!"

    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!:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 03-06-13
    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Dickens is better heard than read"
    Was Great Expectations worth the listening time?

    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.


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    Road Reader 03-03-13
    Road Reader 03-03-13
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    "New spin on an old friend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The alternate ending (that I never knew existed) was a real treat


    What other book might you compare Great Expectations to and why?

    Believe it or not.....The Firm


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pip finally taking responsibility for his life near the end of the book, but not too late to make something of his life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pip finding out his true love would marry another man


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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