• Bleak Expectations

  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (40 ratings)


Bleak Expectations' recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings. Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, unlikely inheritances, nightmarish court cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: 'Bleak Expectations' is the novel Charles Dickens might have written after drinking far too much gin.
©2012 Mark Evans (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

"The funniest book since the one I haven't written yet. Mark Evans sets the bar annoyingly high." (Robert Webb)
"If ever a show deserved a handsome Christmas hardback it is Bleak Expectations. The comedy itself (Radio 4) is a brilliant Dickens pastiche by Mark Evans, a mash-up of plots and characters that is scholarly,irreverent, affectionate and topical all at once. On radio it is perfectly cast and directed (Mark Evans again). On the page it has utterly wonderful footnotes, too." (Daily Telegraph)
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2 out of 5 stars
By John on 07-04-13

Not as good as the radio

being a fan of the radio series I thought that I would download this, what a mistake. Whilst Mark Evans may be a good writer his narration leaves a lot to be desired, his delivery is monotonous making prolonged listening difficult. I can only recommend this audio book as a cure for insomnia as it has put me to sleep on numerous occasions. Download the radio series it'll be much more enjoyable.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-04-13

Not what you expect

Whilst I am a massive fan of the radio series I found this book to be a disappointment. It seemed to be written as either a way to drive more listeners to the series or to make additional money from the concept. Either way it wasn't a great move in my opinion. It does cover the some of the series after a fashion but without the humour that comes with the actors performances and towards the end it seemed to become strained and frankly tedious. A shame really.

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