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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. Great Expectations follow's Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.
(P)1994 Penguin Books Ltd

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Mesmerising.

Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why?

Yes. I like the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Hugh Laurie's voice.

What about Hugh Laurie’s performance did you like?

He is an incredibly versatile actor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Addicted to Hugh Laurie's voice. I wish there were more books read by him.

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Edited version

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.

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Hugh Laurie provides a perfectly evocable reading of this brilliant Dickens tale. The sites and sounds all come to life from Victorian England

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  • Tel AvivIsrael
  • 01-09-08

A disappointing version

Although "Great Expectations" is an inteligent, captivating and witty peace of work, i am afraid i did not enjoy this audio book narrated by Hugh Laurie.

I should point out, that this version is a brief edited version which as i realised while listening -does not include the entire script.

Some chapter's were more inclusive than others, and included the Dicken's witt and complexity -
other episodes seemed to have been edited unwisely - and left information gaps and did not feel like a Dickens creation.

In addition, as much as i admire Hugh Laurie as an charismatic inteligent actor, his narration was pretty bad - all female voices were at the same tone, some sections were exagarated - unexpected pauses.

I am afraid i would have to double check in the future that i am not purchasing an edited\shortened version.





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