Great Expectations

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A tragic and lovely story about growing up

What did you like best about this story?

How supportive the blacksmith was to Pip, he did everything and a little more just like any great father would.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I dont think that would work since you would need 4-5 different actors to play some of the characters.


Any additional comments?

A great story about a boy growing up, realizing that if you are given everything the drive to improve is easily lost. About love, heartbreak and friendship

Overall a great book and a great story

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- GenKan

really enjoyable classic

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

entertaining, brilliantly narrated


Any additional comments?

I've never read this book, as I thought it would be long and boring, but I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and found it funny, brilliantly observed and expertly narrated. Would highly recommend

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- anon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-10-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.