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Great Expectations | [Charles Dickens]

Great Expectations

Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella. In this fascinating story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish a sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him.
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Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella.

In this fascinating story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish a sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him - and somehow discover a firm set of values and priorities.

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    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 05-23-09
    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 05-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    "great expectations"

    this was my first introduction to dickens...the narrator is TREMENDOUS...i can't think of a book i enjoyed more...buy it...now!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Great Experience!!!"

    I absolutely loved the story and would reccomend the book to everyone. In particular, the narrator, Michael Page, was outsanding. He did such a great job that I came away with an enhanced understanding of each character, based on the different voices he would use.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 05-18-11
    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Flawless narration of a riveting classic!"

    I was reluctant to listen to Dickens; for some reason I suspected that his writing would not translate well to audio -- I couldn't have been more wrong! Michael Page's narration of "Great Expectations" is perfection itself. His vocal range is fabulous; even the female characters sound authentic. He captures Dickens' dry wit and ironic humor perfectly (I have laughed out loud countless times during this listen), and Page paints vivid pictures with the author's superbly crafted descriptions of people, places, and scenes. The dialogue is easy to follow and it is always clear who is speaking. The story is fascinating and I cannot imagine a better narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 03-17-11
    Alan GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 03-17-11

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    "Great Book, Great Narrator"

    This book is a classic for a reason, and Michael Page gives one of the best performances by an audiobook narrator that I've ever heard. Very entertaining, funny, and moving -- can't recommend it enough!

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    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 08-16-11
    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Classic dark and melancholy Dickens tale"

    I don't understand people who say they hate Dickens and find him boring. He was a master wordsmith. He crafted humor, sadness, pity, nobility, and pathos with ease. He could be witty, ironic, and occasionally melodramatic. Great Expectations is the quintessential Dickens novel. Featuring a likable but rather meek orphan named Pip, raised by his tyrannical older sister and her gentle blacksmith husband Joe, it's full of stock Dickens characters and Dickens dialog, which is a treat to be savored, not disdained because it's "old-fashioned" and Victorian.

    Starting with Pip's chance meeting with an escaped convict, an incident that makes quite an impression on the child but seems to have no bearing on the story that follows, Pip is then invited to play at the house of the local rich and crazy lady, Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham has a young ward named Estella, a perfect little ice queen who taunts and teases and scorns him, and so of course becomes the focus of his unrequitted love for the rest of his life.

    Not long thereafter, the young orphan is told by a lawyer that he has been bestowed with "great expectations" by a mysterious benefactor. He sets off to London to become a gentleman, and the bildungsroman proceeds in a Dickensian fashion. Dickens never wastes a character -- even minor characters introduced early in the book reappear later. The way he ties up his stories is impressive to watch -- like a knitter expertly tying off every loose end. Coincidences, improbable twists, exaggerated characters? So what -- Dickens was a better plotter and storyteller than 99% of writers today.

    Great Expectations is a rather dark and melancholy tale. The ending is not exactly a downer, but it's not an everyone-lives-happily-ever-after one either. Neither is there as much social commentary in this book as in some of Dickens' other novels. It's not my favorite Dickens work, but it's a worthy classic and definitely worth reading when you're old enough to enjoy

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    John Butler, PA, United States 12-19-11
    John Butler, PA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding narration"
    What did you love best about Great Expectations?

    Dickens writes an humane story with characters you grow to love. The narration by Michael Page is delightful, with each character having a very rich and colorful personality.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is like seeing a movie in color instead of just black and white.


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    Anne Mortenson Oregon 01-03-13
    Anne Mortenson Oregon 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Narrator, slow story"
    Would you recommend Great Expectations to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they are patient and have an interest in historical fiction.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job with the voices, the expression, the feeling. Superb job! I will look for more works by this narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was a slow moving book. I love the work of Charles Dickens, but this book moved too slowly I thought.


    Any additional comments?

    There are always characters to love and characters to despise in a Dickens novel. And there are wonderful lessons to be learned from each of his books. Great Expectations had all these things. I think it is hard for Americans raised in this age of equal-opportunity-for-all to understand the class distinctions that were so powerful, the rules of appropriate associations that were unbreakable in Dickens' time. My own Grandfather, born in England in the late 1800's was ridiculed for wanting to be more than a coal miner like his father. He came to the US and became a college professor. I believe Dickens was trying to bring respect, understanding, and acceptance between the classes. This is a timeless message for everyone!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Michael Page's narration of this classic work is perfectly pitched and paced, ensuring the listener's attention is fully engaged throughout.

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