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Great Expectations | [Charles Dickens]

Great Expectations

In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.
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Publisher's Summary

In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.

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What the Critics Say

"We take great joy in recording our conviction that Great Expectations is a masterpiece." (The Atlantic Monthly)

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    keahi las vegas, NV, United States 04-25-12
    keahi las vegas, NV, United States 04-25-12
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    "Dickens paints wonderful imagery with his words."
    What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable?

    Anton Lesser is a master of voices and characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pip's life lessons parallel many of our own youthful misguidance that only straightens itself out as he actually lives life.


    Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser’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?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 04-22-12
    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A superb narration for this classic."
    What did you love best about Great Expectations?

    Dickens has always provided characters that are memorable; the narration here has managed to truly bring them to life.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

    I can't choose a favorite character in this performance--Mr. Lesser caught them all so very well indeed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved as Pip realized just how much his mysterious benefactor had suffered unduly, and as we watch him fully change his attitudes and turn around his expectations both of other and of himself.


    Any additional comments?

    A rendition I most firmly recommend by a superb narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Rochester, Australia 03-02-13
    Martin Rochester, Australia 03-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Worthy Favourite"

    There's nothing much that Anton Lesser can't do -- from Hamlet to Homer, his performances are always superlative. So he's the ideal narrator for Dickens' best novel, the wide range of vivid characters drawing out all the actor's virtuosity. Three minutes in, the convict appears out of nowhere, the listener is gripped by the neck, and this eerie and enthralling story begins to unfold in lifelike colour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Koopman Livermore, CA USA 07-11-12
    Sue Koopman Livermore, CA USA 07-11-12 Member Since 2013

    grandma reader

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    "Anton Lesser's narration is amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

    Yes... the narration is that good.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    His talent for various voices and accents makes the story come alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 06-24-15
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Love the narration, disliked the book"

    I just love Anton Lesser as a narrator. He is an amazing reader, with an incredible knack for creating rich characters with just his voice.

    On the other hand, I've never cared for Dickens, and his popularity has always been puzzling. This seemed like a good opportunity to see if Mr. Lesser could open the door of Dicken's magic.

    As always, Mr. Lesser made magic with his voice. These characters will remain with me as rich individuals. But I still don't understand Dickens' popularity, because the story was not engaging in the least - at least, not for me. Instead, I was simply annoyed by the passive and discontented Pip, who is never happy no matter what life gives him.

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    Micki Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-05-14
    Micki Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book & Genius Narrator"
    Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Havisham because of her surrealistic quality.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

    Anton Lesser is brilliant as all the charactres and has an amazing grasp on Dickens' dialog and the subtleties of its humor. But I especially liked his portrayal of Wemmick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pip leaving Joe was the most moving, but also his climactic confrontation of Estella.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    luvmyfam ST GEORGE, UT, United States 07-04-13
    luvmyfam ST GEORGE, UT, United States 07-04-13

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    "Amazing Storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable?

    This narrator was awesome. He really knows how to bring the story and characters alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pip and so many of the other characters. They all brought out the frailties and foibles, nobility and character of all of us.


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

    I have not but plan on listening to others.


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

    This is an excellent story which causes reflection of self and others through all spectrums of emotion.


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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 03-23-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very good novel; superb narration"

    I read Great Expectations a few years ago. I was underwhelmed. I love Dickens, and I know this is one of his most highly rated works. But I found the characters a bit too stock, and the plot dragged in the middle of the book. Listening to it, I enjoyed it more and understood better the sort of themes it explores. For all, that I still think it short of Dockens' best; but it's very good, and Anton Leiser, as always, narrates it brilliantly. If there is an award for reading aloud, he should win it.

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    Sallie 12-06-12
    Sallie 12-06-12
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    "Everything was perfect!"

    As with many of the classics, this was all story. I had a love/hate/love relationship with the book as the lead character grew into a man and FINALLY learned from his past mistakes. I was deeply moved by the story and that is what makes a great book; whether strong positive or negative feelings are evoked.

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    Sandra 09-25-12
    Sandra 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is great, and the reader is fabulous.


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

    The turn of the characters story as Pip grows up.


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

    Depth of feeling, accents, voices


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  • Val Waite
    6/2/11
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    "Dickens brought to life."

    The last time I encountered Dickens was at school (some 40 odd years ago) when our English teacher read Oliver Twist to us and made it come alive. In order to relive this experience I downloaded Great Expectations and was not disappointed. Anton Lesser is an inspired choice as narrator...along with Dickens descriptive talent he made this a magical experience and I want to move on to more of the same.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    1/23/14
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    "Dickens and Lesser are a Perfect Combination"
    Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Equal top with other Dickens/Lesser collaborations and some Virginia Woolf / Juliet Stevenson works.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favourite?

    Wemmick, or rather the home and story of Wemmick and the Aged P, is a wonderfully endearing construct.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terence
    Fulham, United Kingdom
    7/3/12
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    "Great Expectations Fulfilled"

    Anton Lesser is brilliant at creating the characters Dickens portrays in this wonderful story – he never falters in bring the imagination to life, making me laugh out loud or shed a tear whilst listening to him on the bus - I will listen to this story over and over again. My great expectation was fulfilled. Thank you Mr Lesser.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/18/12
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    "Interesting at times, but a bit long and old."

    I've been trying to get into the old classics, and although I can enjoy some of the differences from modern writing, I do find it difficult to enjoy. I think it is the pace which gets me. This and other old classics are so slow! They meander around the points and the characters and I just want them to move on! The main storyline, however, is sound and good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    canterbury, United Kingdom
    12/8/11
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    "my review"

    good a bit long winded, but that"s just the time, a incredible story just look past the language, 9 and a half.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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