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.
Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“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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4 out of 5 stars
By GenKaan on 08-11-14

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By anon on 17-10-14

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 18-08-13

Great Performance of a classic!

I sometimes find high-brow victorian literature to be a little to slow and heavy, including Dickens, but 'Expectations' is a clear exception. I loved it. Simon Prebble's performance was captivating.

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33 of 34 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Dana on 13-06-13

The narrator!!

This was my first time reading Great Expectations and I really liked the story. But I have to say the narrator, Simon Prebble, did such an amazing job with this story and these characters that I'm now going to look up his other audiobooks.

I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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55 of 58 people found this review helpful

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