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  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1947)
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    (1765)

    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.

    Dana says: "The narrator!!"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Philippe Duquenoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (28)
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    After an escaped prisoner bullies him into freeing him using stolen tools, seven-year-old orphan Pip is made to pay regular visits to the mysterious spinster Miss Havisham, who lives in the wedding dress she wore when jilted at the altar and keeps every clock in her crumbling mansion frozen at the same time. While there, he meets and instantly falls in love with her beautiful but aloof ward Estella

    George says: "Revisit a Classic Recently? Try this one."
  • 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 (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    (196)
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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 [Classic Tales Edition] | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    (60)
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    (53)
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    A heartless convict. The devil's fairy godmother. A beautiful girl with eyes of stone. A spectral benefactor. These and many others shape the fortunes of young Pip, as he is transformed from a blacksmith's apprentice to a young gentleman with great expectations.

    Josh Diamond says: "great performance of a great text"
  • The Pickwick Papers & Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers & Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tadhg Hynes
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    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    The Pickwick Papers was Dickens' first novel. Retired businessman and confirmed bachelor Mr. Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, embarks on a journey through the English countryside accompanied by three fellow "Pickwickians": Mr. Tupman, Mr. Snodgrass, and Mr. Winkle. It is a joy to hear of their misadventures in search of stories and characters of interest and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller (Mr. Pickwick's manservant) to rescue them all from disaster.

    brian says: "A great collection"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    (120)

    Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his disagreeable sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh and Pip has few prospects until he receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge for a more promising life in London. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he is haunted by figures from his past such as the escaped convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her proud, beautiful ward, Estella.

    Neil says: "Great Expectations delivered"
  • 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 (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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    (713)

    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 | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
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    (7)
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    (6)
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    (7)

    While visiting his parents gravesite in the marshy mists of a village graveyard, Pip, a young orphan living with his older sister, encounters a shivering, limping convict on the run. In spite of his fear of the man, Pip befriends the convict and gives aid, an act that spells considerable consequences for Pip later in life. Fate intervenes and Pip is sent to the household of Miss Havisham, a wealthy and eccentric spinster. Pip shares the household with Miss Havisham and her beautiful, but cold, adopted daughter Estella.

  • Great Expectations: Retro Audio | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations: Retro Audio

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Earnest Kinoy
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    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 and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
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    (19)
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    (14)
    Story
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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 | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    Jared English says: "Great book"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    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 (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Overall
    (453)
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    (283)
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    (276)

    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' novel depicts Pip's development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Great Narrations"
  • Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations | Joanne Lipman,Melanie Kupchynsky

    Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joanne Lipman, Melanie Kupchynsky
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney, Eliza Foss
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    (18)
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    (13)
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    If you're lucky, somewhere in your past is that one person who changed your life forever. The one who pushed you to dream bigger and to reach higher, and who set you straight on what matters in life. Perhaps it was a coach, or a professor, or a family friend. For Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, that person was a public-school music teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K - a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them.

  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
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    (4)
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    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    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.

    Edward Flowers says: "Great expectations"
  • Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
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    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens, first serialised in All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861. The action of the story takes place from Christmas Eve 1812, when the protagonist is about seven years old, to the winter of 1840. Great Expectations is written in a semi-autobiographical style, and is the story of the orphan Pip, tracing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood.

    Charla says: "Great novel, troubles in narration"
  • SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to Great Expectations (Dramatised) | Jonathan Lomas,Charles Dickens

    SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to Great Expectations (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lomas, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Andy Greenhalgh, Coralyn Sheldon
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    (2)
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    Full-cast performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the novel. Dickens' tale of Pip, a young man "removed from his present sphere of life" and cast into a Victorian nightmare, is a powerful audio drama to be enjoyed and appreciated as an important piece of social criticism.

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