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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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    Ronda 03-02-12
    Ronda 03-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful story of love and family devotion"

    The performance is brilliant! Charles Dickens has a way with descriptions that are poetic, imaginitive, and engaging. There are many characters and a very rich plot, but not difficult to understand or follow. Dickens brought together all the characters in a very unexpected unfolding of events. A classic tale well worth listening to.

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    02-29-12
    02-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Frank Muller brought the story to life!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is a classic and Frank Muller's reading of it brought it to life for me. Of course, Dicken's writing is beyond compare and having such an excellent reading of it was priceless. The way of speaking in old England and Muller's execution of that speech was just delightful. There are many phrases that stick with me now,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, the reading of it. The way Dickens includes so much dialogue, and description of what is happening. You can visualize all of it.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Muller's reading of Great Expectations was spot on. He brought the character's and setting to life and put them right there in my mind's eye. I will definitely watch for more books read by Muller. I would love to thank him for making a classic so much more enjoyable for me.


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

    Somewhere along the way, I became a part of Pip's family and/or friends. Yes, the book and the reading of it endeared the characters to me and I felt many emotions along the way. I listen to these books during my commute to/from work. I could not wait to get on the road to find out what else was going to happen. I remember telling my Fiance at one point that Pip was in trouble and I had to find out what was going to happen to him. I will say though that the ending was a bit disappointing. I don't know exactly how I felt about both endings being included, but I know that was the right thing to do. Perhaps it wasn't the ending of the story that was disappointing, but the fact that the story had to end at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line is I LOVED it. I can't wait to get another classic that I should have read in high school and college, but never did. I am a very slow reader and audio books are such a positive part of my life. I don't have time to read and being able to listen to books in my car is such a plus. Also, if the book is read well, it adds something to it that I can't gain by reading it myself. I am sold on audio books and I am so grateful to Audible. It is a small price to pay for what I gain from these books. Thank you Audible. Thank you authors and especially, thank you readers!

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    David 01-13-11
    David 01-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "GREAT EXPECTATIONS"

    I never expected to read Dickens again, and I wouldn't have if I hadn't run into this reading.
    It is a gift . Thank you Mr. Muller!

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    Greg Akron, OH, USA 02-09-05
    Greg Akron, OH, USA 02-09-05
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    "The way life is."

    A wonderful story who's themes are still played out today.
    I think in this age of buy buy as if it will make you happy, this theme says that our expectations are often much greater than we should allow ourselves to believe and set you up for a lifetime of dissapointment.

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    Andrew Pto Sagunto (Valencia), N/A, Spain 02-16-04
    Andrew Pto Sagunto (Valencia), N/A, Spain 02-16-04
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    "Enjoyable, sometimes irritating"

    The book in itself is excellent. Dicken's extent use of vocabulary makes it a challenge, but an enjoyable one at that.

    My only gripes I suppose were with the reader's characters who were too one-dimensional. His narration was good, but half of the characters' voices had an almost surprised, frightened tone, and the other half a gruff, bad-tempered tone.

    But this doesn't detract from how absorbing it was to listen to. A good buy all round.

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    Jean Bluffton, SC, USA 09-25-03
    Jean Bluffton, SC, USA 09-25-03
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm sure this is a great book and would be very enjoyable were the narrator not rushing so quickly to get to the end. His rapidspeak is tedious to listen to and not at all enjoyable. The words fly by so quickly that you don't have time to absorb them.

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-30-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "could not finish"

    I have listened to other novels by Charles Dickens & loved them but I just could not finish this one. The narrator was OK but at times I felt like I was listening to a book written in a foreign language. The English of the time period in which this book was written is so different from the English spoken in America today that I really did not know what the characters were taking about. I simply got board and frustrated and could not finish the book.

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    Aimee Princeton, NJ, USA 09-07-05
    Aimee Princeton, NJ, USA 09-07-05
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    "Didn't like the reader--but a great story"

    I found the narrator's voice to be both droning and fast--this was somewhat annoying. Dickens' story is, however, excellent and funny and timeless. I decided to stop listening (at about 1/2 way through) and read it instead. I like my own voice better.

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    "Expectations fulfilled"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a great story.


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

    The scene in the graveyard at the start.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I disagree with the comment in the review that Muller's narration is too fast, he just gives it a bit of bounce and energy, and the voices are great. I've sampled other narrators on the site for the same book and perhaps they're a bit too reverential of the material?


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never trust a posh bird.


    Any additional comments?

    Slightly disappointed there were no space monkeys as in the South Park adaptation :)

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