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.
(P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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
This is a classic that I find easy to enjoy. I personally think that, for me, to get to most out of this particular book, I need to maybe read rather than listen to it. The reason is that the stories get quite tangled and have a lot of intricate detail that I don't catch as much if I am listening while doing other things. Either way, I recommend it!
Yes, but by a different reader. I had listened to it before, and thought I was ordering the same reader, but I apparently did not order what I was expecting.
The language, wonderfully developed characters, convoluted plot. It is Dickens at his best.
The reader reads much too fast; he does a nice job with the accents, but the pace is so rapid that Dickens' delicious language is lost in the rush.
Often made me laugh--and the relationship between Pip and Joe is very touching.
Here Charles Dickens takes his view of society where so many people had Great Expectations for the world they were building only to have those expectation taken away. Here we follow Pip who is a simple kid that is suddenly taken under someone's wing to be nurtured and raised in an environment above what he's used too. We see how he has all these expectation of the world just to have them dashed by the world developing around him. Charles develops each character as the story progresses giving us a deep understanding of the English culture. We also see that a lot of what happened back then is still happening today. Where someone says something is good and people jump on it without really looking at it. I haven't read this book since I was in school and it was well worth the read again.
I had read the book before. Hearing it read to me made the experience of the book come alive as never before.
I could also sense why Dickens is considered a classisist. I could discern the subtle aspects of both the novel and characters.
One of the top
I am 64 and read Dickens for HS or college but did not appreciate his ability to describe a situation in humorous or a "tongue in cheek" manner. It's almost as if he playing with his reading public thinking "let's see if they get this".
Frank Muller"s performance is superb .....he has a wide range of vocal personalities and does not irritate the listener when impersonating the female gender as many readers do.
The narrator reads to fast and his accent is difficult to understand only because he is reading so quickly. By the time I understood what he was saying, I had missed half the paragraph and would lose my concentration for the story.
Its a classic everyone should read. Audio made it easy!
The characters are strong and you get a real sense of life in London in a different era.
Pip was undeniably good, as you follow him through the years. From the trigger event at the beginning of the story, to his maturity at the end, you cant help to sympathise with Pip.
Nothing extreme. Just a good, solid, entertaining read.
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