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This is a spectacular book and clearly demonstrates why Dickens should still be read.
I greatly enjoyed the recording. The narrator made it come alive and, considering the 19th century syntax and the voices of the characters, it was quite accessible.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was motivated to write this review in equal parts due to the brilliance of the story writing and the brilliance of the narrator. The narrator seemed to pick up on every nuance of Dickens' characters and bring them alive from the written page. I can think of no more rewarding way to enjoy this classic tale.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I didn't realise when I chose this version that the reader was American, otherwise I might have chosen another one. Frank Muller's performance is engaging and warm, and generally I really enjoyed listening. The accent was occasionally annoying (a letter Z pronounced "zee" instead of "zed" stood out), and I have to say the various accents given to some of the characters were wildly off in terms of region, and also very inconsistent (Magwitch seemed to lurch from Dorset to Ireland via goodness knows where else). I also found the voicing of the female characters a bit off-putting. BUT if you can get past the accent issues, the story is told very well, with feeling and clarity.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's a great story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations?
The scene in the graveyard at the start.
What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I disagree with the comment in the review that Muller's narration is too fast, he just gives it a bit of bounce and energy, and the voices are great. I've sampled other narrators on the site for the same book and perhaps they're a bit too reverential of the material?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Never trust a posh bird.
Any additional comments?
Slightly disappointed there were no space monkeys as in the South Park adaptation :)