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  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    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.

    Steven says: "Great Performance of a classic!"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    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.

    Bonny says: "Complex characters and beautiful narration"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Listen to the story of Pip, an English orphan who rises to wealth. After he deserts his true friends, he becomes humbled by his own arrogance. Great Expectations is Dickens at his finest.

    KENNETH says: "Great Expectation Appropriate Title"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

    Sarah Gamp says: "A Dickensian Masterpiece, Adequately Read"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    An orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith, Pip receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge. Pip's expectations are fraught with difficulties as he passes from childhood to adulthood and discovers his true self.

    Neil says: "Great Expectations delivered"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    Pip's life was stricken with tragedy as a small boy, being orphaned with the loss of his mother, father, and siblings. Pip forms a relationship with the odd Miss Havisham and her lovely adopted daughter, Estella. An anonymous benefactor whisks Pip away from the life he once knew and the people he cared for to one of class and high society. When his beloved Estella enters his life once more after many years apart, she denies him the affections he longs for.

    akire32 says: "Fabulous Narrator"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
  • Great Expectations [Phoenix Books Edition] | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations [Phoenix Books Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    This story's orphaned hero, Pip, who undergoes change and growth, progressing from thoughtless selfishness to humble industry and generosity, is one of Dickens's best-loved characters. "It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home," finding himself apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law and "dusty with the dust of small coal."

  • Great Expectations: Retro Audio | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations: Retro Audio

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Earnest Kinoy
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    The classic Charles Dickens novel brought to life in this retro audio play! Follow the life and adventures of pip from the meeting of the convict in the graveyard which determines the rest of his life. One of the classic Radio Theatre productions you will want to listen to over and over again.

  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
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    Poor orphan Pip is wandering the marshes of Kent when he encounters the convict Magwitch - and the child's life changes forever. Follow the haunting and humorous epic as Pip receives a mysterious fortune, encounters the strange Miss Havisham and the beautiful, cold Estella, rejects his old friends, and gradually grows to maturity through a painful process filled with gripping drama and piercing satire.

  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Great Expectations | David Timson

    The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Great Expectations

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By David Timson
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    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Great Expectations narrated by Anton Lesser.

    Phil O. says: "Puts modern comedies and media to shame"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
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    Great Expectations is arguably Dickens' finest work. Chapter one opens up in a lonely graveyard on the marshes in southern England where we first meet young Pip and witness a terrifying meeting with an escaped convict. The novel charts the life of Pip from boy to young man during which Dickens treats us to array of unforgettable characters from the lovable Joe and the servile Pumblechuck to the jilted Miss Havisham and the faithful Herbert Pocket.

    DAVID says: "Superb Reader Breathes True Life Into A Classic"
  • A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Tony says: "Great Literature and Great Narration"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    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.

  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    The story of the orphan Pip, writing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood and trying to be a gentleman along the way is without doubt one of Dicken's greatest works.

  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella.

    Nikki H says: "Marvellous"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
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    Serialised between December 1860 to August 1861, it tells the heartwarming story of Pip, a poor boy who gets an unexpected chance to move up in society. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman
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    When orphan Pip meets the escaped convict Magwitch in an overgrown churchyard on the Kent marshes, little does he know that the incident will change his life forever. Some years later, now apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law, Pip falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Her half-crazed and bitter guardian Miss Havisham, however, exerts a malign influence over the girl and forces a wedge between the two.

    MKamen says: "Loved this old Classic tale"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
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    Here is the story of Pip and his mysterious rise from abused orphan to gentleman. Magwitch, the brutal convict, withered Miss Havisham, still wearing her yellowed wedding gown, and the heartless and beautiful Estella, are vibrant characters. Listen in to this superb story told with typical Dickensian warmth and humor and woven around unforgettable characters.

    Avocat says: "Tom Baker's narration - exquisite"
  • Great Expectations: CliffsNotes | Debra Bailey

    Great Expectations: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Debra Bailey
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

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