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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain ©2012 Trout Lake Media (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • KENNETH
  • bristol, CT, United States
  • 11-05-12

Great Expectation Appropriate Title

Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why?

yes. To ensure I discover and get all the clues that link all the characters and situations in the story.

What other book might you compare Great Expectations to and why?

No other that I can compare with at this time.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was a good performance.<br/><br/>It seems the narrator had too low a volume at certain points. Part of Chapter 52 was not on the audio.

Who was the most memorable character of Great Expectations and why?

Pip. Obviously for his self realization of how he treated the other characters in his rise to Great Expectations and his actions once the truth was revealed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great performance by Peter Batchelor

I don't think the novel itself is in need of any reviews. The performance of Batchelor is truly wonderful as he transforms into the characters he is narrating. I look forward to listening to more of his readings.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Superb narration

This is a complicated and ever twisting story line. Dickens was a skillful writer, and the reader never knows how the story will twist and turn. The narrator was magnificent in his delivery. I chose to read the book at the same time that I listened to the narration. Excellent reading, and it made this Dicken's book easier to understand by a skillful actor who could portray all the characters. Superb narration!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The books not boring but the narrator sure is

Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why?

No. I have so much to read/listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations?

When pip finds out about his good fortune.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator really killed this for me. This was my first foray into the audiobook world and I found myself fighting to stay awake in broad daylight. He was monotone and without inflection. He was just reading the words. If you read/listen to great expectations I recommend choosing another narrator.

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Wonderful classic

I am so glad I read this. It's an engrossing story filled with rich characters. The story holds up so well and the themes are timeless. I highly recommend this.

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Difficult to listen to, get a different version!

The story is excellent, a classic, and well-known before even breaking into the book. The performance, however, is pretty miserable. The low tone, excessive vocal fry, almost no variability in character, and low volume all combine to make this reader incredibly difficult to listen to. I really tried, but I'm bailing because struggling to listen is affecting my appreciation of the story. This is a good lesson for me to investigate the reader and listen to the sample, especially when there are several versions available.

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Great story. Bad production.

Full of double takes. Even entire sections of narrative are repeated. These production faults detract from an otherwise great story and strong narration.

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I really enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed the book and the narration was good. There were some bad edits in the book.

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  • Kornel
  • 02-17-13

Technically flawed version - Avoid!

Unfortunately this version is almost useless. The recording level is so quiet, that even with the volume turned up full, it is difficult to hear it, if there is background noise (I listen to audiobooks on the treadmill and in the car - in both cases, parts of the book were INaudible). The recording volume is inconsistent throughout, so that one chapter can be of an almost acceptable level and the very next one so quiet, that it is hard to make out. This alone would suffice to damn this recording in my view, though the reading is good enough (without it being spectacular in any way, though).

However, this version adds insult to injury: Most of chapter 52 is missing. After three paragraphs, the recording suddenly mutes and only resumes again at the beginning of the next chapter. Were this an amateur recording, that might be excusable, but not for an audiobook sold on this platform.

Avoid this one and get Martin Jarvis, who is an excellent reader and does, I am sure, a great job of Great Expectations.

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  • Ms. Indie Cole
  • 10-31-12

Amazing and engrossing.

Quite simply dear audio 'readers' this is one simply engrossing version of the much loved tale from Dickens himself. There is very little to say other than out of all I have listened to, this one was by far the best. I do hop you will give this version a chance. You will be extremely pleased you did! Yours truly - Indie.

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  • martin
  • 05-05-13

poor narrator..

I am sure this is a great story, trouble is I couldn't hear the story as the narrator for this book is awful .. I listened to this book in the car however couldn't listen as the narrators voice kept drifting into speech that couldn't be understood, I have player many books in this way without a problem.. a real disappointment..

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  • M. Muir
  • 10-27-17

Wonderful!

Having recently visited Dickens’ house/museum in Bloomsbury, I was inspired to listen to some of his work. I’d forgotten just how wonderful Dickens as the spoken word can be. Dickens’ lecturn is in the museum and Peter Batchelor as narrator has the sonorous gravitas that the great man must have had. I’m inspired to listen to all the rest of peter’s narrations. I can not recommend too highly.....

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  • Sonia
  • 08-26-16

Great Expectations

Loved it, absolutely stunned by how much. My fist novel by Charles Dickens and love everything about the whole book.

Great narration and fantastic over 3 parts. Pips' journey is wonderful and interesting. I love Jo and the aged, the language and have already selected a second book by this author.

I purchased this book a year ago and am so glad I did, and have had a truly remarkable experience exceeding all my expectations and initially they were not great!

I am certainly recommending this great book, and the adventure. A happy bunny having this book.