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)
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This is one of my favorite audiobooks so far. Gripping story. Of course, I have read this many, many moons ago. Nevertheless, Simon Prebble's performance drew me in and made me not want to stop listening.
The book is chock full of amazing characters. Pip is interesting and complicated. A young man growing up in a changing world - bourgeois ideas of getting ahead in life are taking hold of England, but he is still very much attracted to being a gentleman. The struggles of this social transformation in England are very nicely portrayed through him.
With all this said, he is not my favorite character. I like him, but there are others that I like more. If I had to select ONE, I would choose John Wemmick - the clerk in Mr. Jaggers' law office. I love his split personality (office vs. Walworth). I love his loyalty to Pip. And I adore his love and support of his "Aged P." Simply brilliant.
I don't usually like it when readers feel the need to do "voices" - when they act out the novel for you. I kind of like to leave these voices to my own imagination. But Simon Prebble does a fantastic job with the voices. Indeed, they add to the enjoyment of the book. Also, he brings out the humor in Dickens which I most certainly did not get the first time I read through the book - 'though, admittedly, that was in high school and there were many things that I did not get in high school!
Please... lets not make another film.
I've tried reading this book for years and I finally just used the narration. I would listen to it while reading it on my kindle app - which was great because it follows along with the narration without me needing to keep track. It made a huge difference! The narrator does a great job switching voices and his accents are exactly as I would imagine them to be. I highly recommend this audio.
Excellent reading brings fabulous characters and story to life. it is a page turner in it final third. So much so, I can't believe I did not love it when I read in high school.
Classic redemption tale.
This is one of my all time favorite stories, even though I have a somewhat mixed opinion of Mr. Dickens works on the whole. I like everything about it, but most of all I suppose, the intricate way that everyone and everything in the story dovetails together. This narrator was brilliant, previously I liked High Laurie's version, but this one might just trump it!
The graveyard scene with the convict, always.
If you want to try Dickens, or give him another go because you had a bad experience with one of his other works, this is the story and the narrated version to do it with. Loved it!
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
The story of Pip and his great expectations is a classic that I had never read before. Somehow, my class never read it in school. I have read a great many of Dicken’s works and love his writing. I decided to read it because the Literary Classics book club chose it for their May-June read.
The characters in this book are well drawn and very believable. I loved Pip and identified with him as he tries to do what he thinks is right but makes several wrong turns in his life as I think we all do. I felt sorry for Estella and Miss Havisham. She destroyed her own life in her quest for revenge and nearly destroyed Estella’s. My favorite character was Joe the blacksmith, the kindest and truest character ever written by Charles Dickens. I was so happy he came to wonderful end.
I listened to both endings of the book, and I have to say I prefer his original as it finishes everyone’s story but Pip’s and could have been made into a sequel. I understand his friend Edward Bulwer-Lytton asked him to write a happier ending and that is the one most people know. In this version we were treated to both.
Simon Prebble did a wonderful job with his characterizations on the different people in this story.
If you love Dickens than I would highly recommend you read this for the first time or again as a welcoming friend.
Well-performed audio performance of the classic and beloved Dickens tale. I enjoyed listening to a book that I have read a few times before. The audio makes it a bit more accessible to readers, in my opinion.
Read the book many years ago, and loved it, but this narration really brought the story to life. The narrator was extremely skilled at bringing out the quirks and eccentricities of each character, and I was so engrossed in the story that I found it hard to stop listening. Highly recommended !
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Dickens best, about unrequited love, deep friendship, and the importance of integrity. Irony abounds, as it always does. Enjoy.
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