Great Expectations

The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Howard Jacobson
Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
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In this Audible Exclusive performance by Matt Lucas of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens demonstrates that conscience, loyalty and empathy are virtues far more valuable than intellect, wealth and social standing. 

First published in Dickens’ own periodical, All the Year Round, the novel was divided into nine monthly instalments, from December 1860 to August 1861. Unsurprisingly, it was an instant success and managed to sell over 100,000 copies per week. Though written at a challenging time in Dickens’ life, when the impending breakdown of his marriage loomed over him, Great Expectations proves to be one of his most optimistic, comical and romantic novels. 

This exclusive recording of Great Expectations starts with a unique introduction written and narrated by Howard Jacobson, the Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question, in which he explains why Great Expectations is his favourite Dickens title.  

About the book 

Through a rich first-person narrative, listeners are introduced to the character of young Pip as he visits the tombstones of his beloved parents. Unexpectedly confronted by the dark and mysterious Magwitch, a convict in desperate need of food, Pip must decide whether to aid or impede the stranger standing in front of him - a decision which will shape the course of his life. Introducing some of the most iconic, Gothic and comically repulsive literary characters of all time, from the vengeful Miss Havisham, torn apart by a man she once loved, to her beautiful yet seemingly impenetrable ward, Estella, the listener is propelled through a wonderfully Dickensian world. 

About the author

Much like Pip, Charles Dickens was born into poverty. In his case, it was due to the incarceration of his father, and Dickens was forced to set aside his education in order to work at a nearby factory. Amazingly, this did not deter the young Dickens from rising above his station, and he went on to publish 15 novels, various articles, five novellas and hundreds of short stories. He lectured and campaigned for fair treatment of the lower classes as well as for children’s rights and education. 

About the narrator

British comedian, actor and screenwriter Matt Lucas is best known for the television show Little Britain as well as playing both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland and his role as Nardole in the 10th series of Doctor Who. Able to embody so many characters with just his voice, Lucas is a perfect fit for Great Expectations.

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performance tops!

A classic tale written to be read around the fire each
night. Fantastic performance...one actor, multiple characters.

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Fantastic and engaging performance

The Matt Lucas performance of Charles Dickens fabulous novel is engaging and perfect! I enjoyed an all-time favorite story even more while listening to it.

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Performance was wonderful brilliant my good fellow

I am happy that I continued to the end of this lengthy tome. Now I look forward to the movie!

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Not as good as expected

This is a classic I had not read. The performance of the reader was fantastic, but I found the story hard to believe.

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SPOILER IN THE PREFACE

As I stated before there is a fairly big spoiler in the very beginning during the preface. I'll leave the exact nature of the spoiler out for those who, like myself, haven't read it yet. However I will say that the spoiler is one that completely ruins the nature of the mystery surrounding Pip and his benefactor. Because of which left me struggling to finish the book. Though the last few hours which were not spoiled and had some secret and suspense was rather good.
Overall a good book.

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the recording would never let me see the chapters

the recording will never let me get past chapter 2 if I shut off or pause the reading it would go back to chapter 2 not a good recording the narrator was spectacular though

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  • reba
  • 07-24-19

beware: spoilers in the introduction to this book!

this is a great, great reading of a classic novel, and Matt Lucas is a genius, on form. the introductory essay contains major spoilers, as if Howard Jacobson has assumed that everybody listening will already know the story through and through. Still comes highly recommended: just don't listen to the intro until after, if at all.

another favourite in this series of new recordings is the brilliantly nuanced reading of Little Dorrit by that other genius, Juliet Stevenson, who brings out all the subtle light, shade, and humour in that book, just as Matt Lucas does here. Both readers – and readings – are national treasures.

(amongst the slightly older recordings of other Dickens on audible, the readings by simon vance, nicholas boulton, and anton lesser are also superb, and there is an amazing video of simon callow talking about dickens at the sydney opera house in 2019, on youtube, fyi.)




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  • Mrs. R. E. Chandler
  • 10-07-18

Great Story, Great Narrator, Great Expectations

Probably Dickens' greatest work, brought to life by a fabulous narrator. Great Expectations is also one of Dickens' most accessible works with a lot less of the waffle that fills his more weighty tomes.

However, if you don't know the story then I suggest you skip the introduction narrated by Howard Jacobson, because he gives away the entire plot.

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  • ACD
  • 05-09-19

Perfect for the commute

As others have said, skip the introduction as it is loaded with spoilers.

Narration was spot on. Matt Lucas does a great job and doesn't resport to the ministry of silly voices at all, which I was slightly nervous about when I downloaded the book.

Story is a meander of events ranging from absorbing to improbable but the writer paints an engaging picture throughout. Perfect for whiling away a daily commute.

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  • John
  • 09-06-18

A great tale indeed

A brilliant narration by Matt Lucas, throughly enjoyed this tale from days past, highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-19

Worth 10 credits

I don't believe anything new can be said about "Great Expectations", buying this audio book I already loved it having read it several times previously however Matt Lucas is an incredible narrator, it is heaven to listen to, no visual interpretation could be as vivid and rich and bring the characters to life in all their colourful eccentricities as he does.
I would recommend this to anyone.....I LOVED every single minute.

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  • Mikey
  • 07-19-18

Wonderfully enveloped in Dickensian description

There is something indescribable about the way in which Charles Dickens is able to take you on a journey depicting the dark and often repulsive nature of living in the 1800s. With his incredible ability to act out so many different types of characters and accents, Matt Lucas does a stirling job bringing the characters in this book to life.

Without rambling on too much about a book that really needs no introduction or review, I'd urge anyone to spend their credit on this, regardless of their age or genre preferences for books. This is a masterpiece written by one of the most celebrated authors of all time and told wonderfully by one of the most comically-gifted voice actors of our time, a winning combination that will take you on a journey back into the 1800s and leave you wanting more each time you switch off your device.

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  • MG
  • 10-17-18

Fantastically narrated

A classic tale superbly told. Matt does a fantastic job, thoroughly enjoyed this book. hurrah

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  • Karkers
  • 07-22-19

Utterly brilliant

All too often these books are ruined by the narrators. Matt Lucas brought this book alive. Wish he could read everything!!!!!

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 10-28-18

Great Expectations a well known classic

This rendering of Great Expectations was a masterpiece of a fantastic book. This is one of the most well known stories that Dickens wrote. It was so well written and narrated that the highs and lows of the story had me walk along the windswept marsh, then pushing through the teeming streets of London! Listen and enjoy.

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  • Valerie Kennett
  • 03-23-20

Great Expectations delivered.

A thoroughly enjoyable story: better than the David Lean film which is my favourite adaptation. Matt Lucas performed all parts well with the exception of Magwitch; a large man who would never had the screechy voice portrayed. That said; it was well narrated.

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  • Sue
  • 12-15-19

Fabulous tale, beautifully read by Matt Lucas

To quote the actress Miriam Margolyes , "Dickens is best read aloud". If you have ever struggled with reading Dickens in print form, rest assured that having the same novel read to you by someone of the caliber of Matt Lucas is a totally different and entirely wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

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  • Jackson
  • 05-15-19

Either I am blind or I cannot find a way to return

Hi. I would like to refund this book because I have purchased the same title read by Eddy Izzard. I have tried to go to Audible website but after I have signed in something weird happened. After I put the sign details in, I was shown a web page that wants me to become a member and do a free trail. No mention of say I put a wrong detail, it just showed me the page for a non member and no other menu to even try to navigate. Now I am in Amazon website, I cannot find the refund option. I am enjoying the Eddy Izzard version and I would really like this version to be returned. Please fix this issue.

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  • Chris from Oz
  • 01-30-19

Now that’s how you narrate a story

So expertly read by Matt Lucas and Howard Jacobson. This really is how you should narrate a book with various characters, wonderfully read..Each character brought to life, if you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself actually in the scene.
Another Dickens masterpiece, if you’ve never heard or read Dickens this would be quite a place to start.