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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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 2015
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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.

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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-11-08
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 09-11-08 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DarkenGS Oakland 06-18-15
    DarkenGS Oakland 06-18-15

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    "A Good Story and Worth a Listen"

    Well performed by the narrator and enjoyable to the last. I'd recommend it for listening on ones daily commute.

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    David 02-02-15
    David 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth the listen."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Caelo Sebastopol, CA, United States 01-30-15
    Caelo Sebastopol, CA, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Rendering of a Masterpiece"

    Excellent story.

    Excellent narration.

    They are called classics for a reason.

    Dickens never disappoints - try A Tale of Two Cities for another great audiobook.

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    Mattias America 01-13-15
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    "Greit book"

    The story was good. It took a while before I realize I had seen a version of the book on a film. The narrator was good

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    Bruce Bilbrey Akron, OH USA 01-10-15
    Bruce Bilbrey Akron, OH USA 01-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fast but well done, recording shows age"

    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.

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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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