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Great Expectations | [Charles Dickens]

Great Expectations

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Today Matters Missouri 10-04-12
    Today Matters Missouri 10-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story Teller"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-24-15
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "“I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into"

    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.

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    njohnson99 05-18-15
    njohnson99 05-18-15

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    "Without equal"

    This story is without equal. It has the biggest heart and the most astounding literary craftsmanship. A rare gift to the world.

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    Rex Dillon 04-20-15
    Rex Dillon 04-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Reading, but..."

    The narrator did a terrific reading, but I found myself less interested in the storyline, though the characters and dialog and Pip's descriptions are often humorous

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    Chelsea Bark River, MI, United States 04-05-15
    Chelsea Bark River, MI, United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic"

    This is one if my favorite classics. Great Expectations is an amazing story from one of the world's most talented and beloved writers! A must-read.

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    Louarkie 04-03-15
    Louarkie 04-03-15

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    "Great Expectations met my expectations greatly."

    The narration was the best part as it brought the characters to life in a way that my reading alone would not have done.

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    Lord Duro 03-31-15
    Lord Duro 03-31-15

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    "Unbelievably Worthwhile"

    Such an unbelievably worthwhile read. I love this so much. The classic, "be careful what you wish for - because you just might get it" story. No one turns a phrase and understands humans quite like Dickens.

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    R. Aguilar Chicago, IL United States 03-13-15
    R. Aguilar Chicago, IL United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book made even better"

    Absolutely excellent narration. Really made the characters come alive. This was a book that I always had trouble reading. the audio version made it completely enjoyable.

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    Ehdeedee 03-07-15
    Ehdeedee 03-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Book!"

    The book was wonderful and was made that much more so by the reader. The reader made each character truly come to life, even lending a quiver in his voice when a character was under emotional stress. Wonderful!

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 02-20-15
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "good performance of classic Dickens tale"

    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.

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