Summary

Considered by many to be Charles Dickens's finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens's most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip's good-hearted roommate Herbert Pocket, and the pompous Pumblechook.
As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.
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Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor
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"The most perfectly constructed and perfectly written of all Dickens's works." (Edgar H. Johnson, Dickens' biographer)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 25-07-10

A very theatrical novel

Miss Haversham is my favourite character, she lives in a world that is both enticing and repulsing - both to Pip and the reader. She leads a strange existence. We buy into her world as we travel the story with Pip. We also buy into his great expectations as he does. An unusual story and a very theatrical novel in one. Simon Vance is perfect as the narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 30-06-11

This Dickens guy has promise

This was a book I was supposed to read 45 years ago as a freshman in high school. Back then I read very little of it. Forty-five years later and it was worth waiting for. I honestly believe this book is beyond the comprehension of an average ninth grader. It should have been reserved for upperclassmen. The story and characters were absolutely fascinating. I didn't want the book to end after nearly 18 hours. Yes, there were 10-20 minute pockets of indecipherable babbling (one very near the end of the book when Pumblechook got to rambling). But the story was otherwise pretty easy to follow and kept me interested. Who knows what's next? Maybe A Tale of Two Cities?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sassy on 05-09-12

Wonderful narration

Simon Vance does a wonderful job with this narration. His voice and delivery seem ideal for brining Dickens' story to life. I especially enjoyed the character development and the descriptions of London. This is a "must-listen" classic.

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