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Great Expectations Audiobook

Great Expectations

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Publisher's Summary

Considered by many to be Charles Dickens's finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.

From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens's most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip's good-hearted roommate Herbert Pocket, and the pompous Pumblechook.

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.

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What the Critics Say

"The most perfectly constructed and perfectly written of all Dickens's works." (Edgar H. Johnson, Dickens' biographer)

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    W Perry Hall 08-07-17
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    "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."


    Probably Dickens' most critically-acclaimed novel, Great Expectations is the bildungsroman of the orphan Philip Pirrip, known as Pip, who is also the novel's narrator. As a boy, he unwittingly aids the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in trying to make his getaway. Shortly thereafter, the elderly and uber-eccentric spinster Miss Havisham summons him to be the playmate of her adopted daughter, the exquisite but aloof Estella.

    Pip comes into a fortune from an anonymous benefactor which permits him to obtain a genteel education and entry into a world of commerce. Pip assumes that Miss Havisham is the source of his great expectations.

    Pip was unaware, though, that Miss Havisham harbors some deep-seated resentments toward all males arising from being jilted on her wedding day by her fiance' Compeyson, who turned out a fraud. She keeps her ruined mansion as it was on that fateful day, wearing her wedding dress all the time and looking 'like the witch of the place.' She raises Estella to break all men's hearts, including Pip's.

    The novel is definitely Dickens' most Gothic work, with its dark mood, haunted by a graveyard, a fire, prison ships, poverty, and of course the most macabre of all Dickens' thousand plus characters by far, Miss Havisham, who must have inspired, at least in part, the haunting Norma Desmond from the Hollywood film 'Sunset Boulevard.'

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    Ravi Benedetti 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally awesome, in every way."

    Totally awesome, in every way. Great story, great narrator. An excellent way to travel to another time and place.

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    Donna 09-21-16
    Donna 09-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "May I? EXCEPTIONAL"

    My most memorable moment was when Pip became aware of the identity of his benefactor and later the relationship of the benefactor to his love.
    Simon Vance's wonderful performance was chosen over all of the other narrator's (by me) with knowledge of his excellence in previously read/listened to Audible books (by him)...again I was quite extremely far from disappointed.

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    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 08-03-16
    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 08-03-16
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    "Excellent"

    This story is an example of what great literature should be like. The narration is wonderful.

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    Ken B. 07-17-16
    Ken B. 07-17-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Dickens at his best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

    Audio is superior. It comes to life due to Dicken's prose and Vance's narration.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon is the best narrator for Victorian England novels bar none. He masterfully handles the language, nuances, characters voices male and female. His narration brings the book to life and all of the imagery blossoms in your mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Dickens is unparalleled and his genius shines here. He's funny, sad, bittersweet often all at once. His protagonist is flawed but immensely sympathetic. His "good" characters are examples for us all. His villains are thoroughly despicable, though compared to modern fiction they are relatively tame.As always, his use of coincidence strains credulity but its improbability makes the story quite singular.

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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-01-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, as expected"

    I have always loved Dickens since I read Oliver Twist while in high school. I love the interpersonal relationships and the character development. But his descriptions and the beauty of his prose are what keep me coming back for more! This is one of the best, a story of love, forgiveness and redemption. As soon as I finished reading it, I started over and read it again. I am sure I will revisit it in the future.

    Simon Vance is a great narrator, of that there is no doubt, but I personally prefer this book read by Frank Muller.

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    By Marlene Stewart Oxnard, CA United States 09-20-15
    By Marlene Stewart Oxnard, CA United States 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It was read too quickly for me."

    The story was great, but I felt like we were racing to the finish line. I often had to go back and listen again.

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    Mallu Bruun 07-15-15
    Mallu Bruun 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful to listen"

    Good story describing last century life in England (and why not elsewhere too). Great languge, and excellent reading. All in all a joy to listen!

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    Linda 04-14-15
    Linda 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Low expectations for Great Expectations!"

    Read this thinking I might be bored, but loved the story and learned some "old" vocabulary along the way. A great classic!

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    jrreynol 04-07-15
    jrreynol 04-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great time of reading"

    I didn't remember much of this from high school; however, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration was fantastic and the change of voice for each character made it very easy to follow the story line.

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    "A very theatrical novel"

    Miss Haversham is my favourite character, she lives in a world that is both enticing and repulsing - both to Pip and the reader. She leads a strange existence. We buy into her world as we travel the story with Pip. We also buy into his great expectations as he does. An unusual story and a very theatrical novel in one. Simon Vance is perfect as the narrator.

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