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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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