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Publisher's Summary

In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.
Public Domain (P)1996 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.
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"We take great joy in recording our conviction that Great Expectations is a masterpiece." (The Atlantic Monthly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bonny on 07-04-15

Complex characters and beautiful narration

I started and abandoned another audiobook of Great Expectations a while back. While I found the narration excellent, the beginning of the book, with Pip's terrorizing by the convict and then the abuse by his sister, was just too bleak and intense, and I gave it up. However, I am running out of Dickens, and decided to try Anton Lesser's recording. I am familiar with his acting work on Wolf Hall and Endeavour but had never listened to his narration. It is exquisite. His portrayal of Pip is straightforward, gentle, almost minimalist, very moving, and his voicing of the other characters is varied and marvelous. It was utterly engrossing.

Great Expectations does not contain the comic relief that Dickens used in so many novels. There is so much horror and sadness: Mrs. Joe, the convicts, Orlick, Miss Havisham, but there is also love and tenderness: Joe Gargery, Wemmick and his Aged Parent, Biddy. It's a rich and beautifully-written story, and well worth your time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By keahi on 04-25-12

Dickens paints wonderful imagery with his words.

What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable?

Anton Lesser is a master of voices and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Pip's life lessons parallel many of our own youthful misguidance that only straightens itself out as he actually lives life.

Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Val Waite on 06-02-11

Dickens brought to life.

The last time I encountered Dickens was at school (some 40 odd years ago) when our English teacher read Oliver Twist to us and made it come alive. In order to relive this experience I downloaded Great Expectations and was not disappointed. Anton Lesser is an inspired choice as narrator...along with Dickens descriptive talent he made this a magical experience and I want to move on to more of the same.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Derek Thorburn on 09-11-15

Best Reading Ever

Where does Great Expectations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top five.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

The beginning where Magwitch leaps out at Pip - he yells.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who wants to start on Dickens, I recommend you choose this book. It's a sudden beginning and you've just got to read until you reach the end. You feel for Pip right the way through, especially in his love for Estella.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monica O'Brien on 12-05-15

Wonderful Narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I had great expectations of the story and it met them all ;)

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