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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"We take great joy in recording our conviction that Great Expectations is a masterpiece." (The Atlantic Monthly)
Anton Lesser is a master of voices and characters.
Pip's life lessons parallel many of our own youthful misguidance that only straightens itself out as he actually lives life.
Dickens has always provided characters that are memorable; the narration here has managed to truly bring them to life.
I can't choose a favorite character in this performance--Mr. Lesser caught them all so very well indeed.
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.
A rendition I most firmly recommend by a superb narrator.
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.
Yes... the narration is that good.
His talent for various voices and accents makes the story come alive.
One of the top.
Miss Havisham because of her surrealistic quality.
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.
Pip leaving Joe was the most moving, but also his climactic confrontation of Estella.
This narrator was awesome. He really knows how to bring the story and characters alive.
Pip and so many of the other characters. They all brought out the frailties and foibles, nobility and character of all of us.
I have not but plan on listening to others.
This is an excellent story which causes reflection of self and others through all spectrums of emotion.
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.
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.
The story is great, and the reader is fabulous.
The turn of the characters story as Pip grows up.
Depth of feeling, accents, voices
I haven't read the print version, but hearing the characters SO well read, I can't imagine that the book could be better!
Joe - such a wonderful character, overlooking so much that would normally be criticised in another, for love's sake. I'd love to have had him for a friend/brother whatever...
He never once mixed up his characters, and I could tell immediately nearly every time which character was speaking before the 'narrator' gave the show away. His voices matched the character of each person wonderfully! I loved the softness and grufness and 'high-brow' and desperate etc... all beautifully crafted.
Towards the end, I found myself quite emotional to think that despite all the 'Great Expectations' Pip once had, and despite his wandering off the path of faithfulness etc and his pride etc, he still learned how to show love and grace in his life towards people like 'Mr Pocket' (Herbert), and eventually towards his benefactor. So it was wonderful that there is the suggestion at the very end that he may finally get some reward for all that he had been through - so much of it not of his own making.
The only reason I'd like to have the written version is to more easily check facts etc - easier to flick through a book. But after a hard day at the computer, I'm MORE than happy to have a story told to me, rather than have to hold a heavy book whilst tiring my eyes... :)
"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.
"Dickens and Lesser are a Perfect Combination"
Equal top with other Dickens/Lesser collaborations and some Virginia Woolf / Juliet Stevenson works.
Wemmick, or rather the home and story of Wemmick and the Aged P, is a wonderfully endearing construct.
"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.
"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.
good a bit long winded, but that"s just the time, a incredible story just look past the language, 9 and a half.
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