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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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"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?

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    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 2011
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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 2008
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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 2006

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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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    Char ST GEORGE, UT, United States 07-04-13
    Char ST GEORGE, UT, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2013

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 03-23-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2010
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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 RIVERTON, UT, United States 12-06-12
    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2007
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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 Mishawaka, IN, United States 09-25-12
    Sandra Mishawaka, IN, United States 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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    Sharon Auckland, New Zealand 08-31-12
    Sharon Auckland, New Zealand 08-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but hearing the characters SO well read, I can't imagine that the book could be better!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Val
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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