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.
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.
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
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