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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.

Raised by a humble blacksmith, Pip is recruited by the wealthy Miss Havisham to be a companion to her ward, the cold but beautiful Estella. There, Pip learns to despise his rough origins as Estella torments him about his low prospects. When Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, he sets off to London to realize his “great expectations.” But true gentleman stature, he will find, is a matter of character, not fortune.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Observe how finely the narrative is kept in one key. It begins with a mournful impression—the foggy marshes spreading drearily by the seaward Thames—and throughout recurs this effect of cold and damp and dreariness; in that kind Dickens never did anything so good…No story in the first person was ever better told.” (George Gissing, English novelist)

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such a great story...

I couldn't pause for long. I had to keep listening. This was a great story and a great narrator.

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Great Great Wish I Read it Long Ago

Now I know why it's a classic. Such insights into our human nature.

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  • Cris5y
  • UPLAND, CA, United States
  • 01-28-16

Great Story

I've tried reading this book for years and I finally just used the narration. I would listen to it while reading it on my kindle app - which was great because it follows along with the narration without me needing to keep track. It made a huge difference! The narrator does a great job switching voices and his accents are exactly as I would imagine them to be. I highly recommend this audio.

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Outstanding reading

Excellent reading brings fabulous characters and story to life. it is a page turner in it final third. So much so, I can't believe I did not love it when I read in high school.

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Great narration.

Since I enjoy Dickens, this was an excellent example of his writings. The narration was expertly done.

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Excellent version, maybe better the Hugh Laurie's

If you could sum up Great Expectations in three words, what would they be?

Classic redemption tale.

What did you like best about this story?

This is one of my all time favorite stories, even though I have a somewhat mixed opinion of Mr. Dickens works on the whole. I like everything about it, but most of all I suppose, the intricate way that everyone and everything in the story dovetails together. This narrator was brilliant, previously I liked High Laurie's version, but this one might just trump it!

Which scene was your favorite?

The graveyard scene with the convict, always.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you want to try Dickens, or give him another go because you had a bad experience with one of his other works, this is the story and the narrated version to do it with. Loved it!

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  • Gypsycat
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 02-20-15

good performance of classic Dickens tale

Well-performed audio performance of the classic and beloved Dickens tale. I enjoyed listening to a book that I have read a few times before. The audio makes it a bit more accessible to readers, in my opinion.

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  • Joseph
  • Somerset, Kentucky, United States
  • 07-10-14

The Best Dickens

Dickens best, about unrequited love, deep friendship, and the importance of integrity. Irony abounds, as it always does. Enjoy.

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Dickens is worth revisiting!

Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of the narration! Readers tone and voice were a listening pleasure. I am familiar with Dickens since childhood. (A good many years ago.). Being able to read on my kindle and then take up with the audio on my bus and rail trips was a delight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pip naturally! Following his life in the English setting of the 19 century and again discovering the ageless quality of his character in today's era.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

Pip.

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

Oh no! It is too long. But Dickens originally wrote it as a serial. It was very easy to take up after a break and again become enthralled with the characters, language and events.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for whispersync. I hope more books will soon be available in this manner.

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“I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into

The story of Pip and his great expectations is a classic that I had never read before. Somehow, my class never read it in school. I have read a great many of Dicken’s works and love his writing. I decided to read it because the Literary Classics book club chose it for their May-June read.

The characters in this book are well drawn and very believable. I loved Pip and identified with him as he tries to do what he thinks is right but makes several wrong turns in his life as I think we all do. I felt sorry for Estella and Miss Havisham. She destroyed her own life in her quest for revenge and nearly destroyed Estella’s. My favorite character was Joe the blacksmith, the kindest and truest character ever written by Charles Dickens. I was so happy he came to wonderful end.

I listened to both endings of the book, and I have to say I prefer his original as it finishes everyone’s story but Pip’s and could have been made into a sequel. I understand his friend Edward Bulwer-Lytton asked him to write a happier ending and that is the one most people know. In this version we were treated to both.

Simon Prebble did a wonderful job with his characterizations on the different people in this story.

If you love Dickens than I would highly recommend you read this for the first time or again as a welcoming friend.

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