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  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising.

  • By Chiara Calò on 01-22-18

Edited version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-16

It is a great story masterfully read by Hugh Laurie. Unfortunately, it is only shortened version which leaves me wanting more depth of real Dickens masterpiece.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By Linda on 04-14-16

Great story that got lost

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am very sorry to say, but I gave up after half of a first chapter. The story seems to be great, as all important though horrifying stories are, but for me it is just "un-listenable".

What didn’t you like about Mary Sarah’s performance?

The performance is unacceptable. Ms. Sarah reads way too fast, she "swallows" ends of the words, combines words together and her attempts to change voices and imitate accents makes listening even more confusing. I just have general impression of what happened in the fragment I've listened to, majority of it was just lost on me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this interpretation of Uncle Tom's Cabin is not worth even this little money it costs. It's very disappointing.

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