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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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    Dan TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, United States 09-03-12
    Dan TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great performance and story"
    Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top


    What other book might you compare Great Expectations to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    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".


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    pam rochester, NY, United States 07-24-12
    pam rochester, NY, United States 07-24-12
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    "Narration is too fast! Needs to slow down."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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    Samantha Singapore, Singapore 07-03-12
    Samantha Singapore, Singapore 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling listen."
    What did you love best about Great Expectations?

    Its a classic everyone should read. Audio made it easy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are strong and you get a real sense of life in London in a different era.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Nothing extreme. Just a good, solid, entertaining read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy L. Bradford LOGANDALE, NV, US 05-28-12
    Trudy L. Bradford LOGANDALE, NV, US 05-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance met my expectations."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

    It is a great complement to having read the book. It is similar to walking into a room the second or third time, but through a different doorway.


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    Christian Springfield, PA, United States 03-18-12
    Christian Springfield, PA, United States 03-18-12
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    "Slow down!"
    What would have made Great Expectations better?

    Great Expectations has a great plot. Better yet Dickens language and phrasing are extremely entertaining. I didn't expect to chuckle but it is unavoidable. The problem with this audible book is Frank Muller. He spoke Great Expectation's archaic language all too quickly. I had to resort solely to the written word to savor the classic Dickensian witticisms.
    This is the first audible book I discarded after a few chapters. With book in hand, I enjoyed every page of classic literature.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2010
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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