One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.
Raised by a humble blacksmith, Pip is recruited by the wealthy Miss Havisham to be a companion to her ward, the cold but beautiful Estella. There, Pip learns to despise his rough origins as Estella torments him about his low prospects. When Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, he sets off to London to realize his “great expectations.” But true gentleman stature, he will find, is a matter of character, not fortune.
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“Observe how finely the narrative is kept in one key. It begins with a mournful impression—the foggy marshes spreading drearily by the seaward Thames—and throughout recurs this effect of cold and damp and dreariness; in that kind Dickens never did anything so good…No story in the first person was ever better told.” (George Gissing, English novelist)
I enjoyed listening to this story. The narrator was good and of course Dickens tells stories well. I felt like I was back in time.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
Yes. For those of us who read this in high school and may not have connected to the story then, you most likely will now with this presentation. I feel like I need to listen again at some point to catch any detail I may have missed this time.
The reuniting with Joe and Bitsy as he was becoming a gentleman. The ending as well. The convict reveal and the slow connection he started to feel towards him.
I thought the ending was happy/sad for many reasons. Each character had it's issues and realized too late the changes that could have made things very different.
All in all, I enjoyed listening. However, I believe the hype of the story lead to me expecting more.
I loved this book! The writing was so beautiful and so beautifully read by the narrator. I had no previous knowledge of this story but wanted to read a Dicken's. My heart is still full with love of the story and some sadness at the ending. Great Expectations has enriched my life.
Runner that listens to audio books while logging miles.
The writing and story is beyond great. But the narrator! The narrator made every moment of this listen a treat! Can't wait to listen to the entire tale again from the start.
Absolutely loved this reading by Simon Prebble. This classic novel is one of my all time favorites. I've read it twice and wanted to hear it read by Prebble who I've listened to narrating many Dick Francis novels. Fantastic!
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