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.
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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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.
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.
Yes, they are all equally superb!
Estella......their interaction was particularly touching. From the moment the two met, each time they'd meet again and most certainly the ending. Unexpected....
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.
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.
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.
Frank Muller allowed me to direct and observe the "movie" he and Charles Dickens made with his words. I felt as if I was observing Ms. Havisham, Estella, Joe, Mr. Magwich, etc. In my mind they were so real and touchable, it was frightful at times. Thank you Charles Dickens and Mr. Muller.
The interception of their boat on the river.
Estella and Pip in the garden, near the end.
The hospital scene between Mr. Magwich and Pip.
I had read this book as a child in middle school. Now, after hearing it read by Mr. Muller, it all became real. A beautiful listen.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I have always loved Dickens since I read Oliver Twist while in high school. I love the interpersonal relationships and the character development. But his descriptions and the beauty of his prose is what keeps me coming back for more!
As far as narrators, Frank Muller is about as good as it gets. There are many narrations of this book to choose from, but you would be hard pressed to find a better one than this one.
If you have the patience to wade through the thick language and slow- at some points- story line, you will discover the genius of Dickens. The story is smart and wholly original while submitting a message that translates many generations over.
Great read. This was my first Dickens novel. I loved the snippets of history/commentary in the beginning and end. Glad to hear the story in full, although in agree with Dickens and not his friend.
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