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This is the first time I ever read Dickens. Of course, many of his books' plots are well known and this one, for me, was lesser known, so I chose this one. I really wanted it when I saw that John Lee narrates. I am completely in love with his voice, and this book he stretched his acting chops maybe a bit more than in other books...but I enjoyed that. So, 5 of 5 stars for John Lee!
I won't go into plot points here, but I must say that I found the major twist in the book to be totally expected. I guessed it at least 5 hours before it was revealed, so that was slightly disappointing for me. I like to be kept on my toes. I thought the whole bit in the beginning of the book was quite humorous and was quite delighted with that. But then...
It becomes a funeral dirge for the last third of the book. People told me to expect that with Dickens, so I wasn't surprised and I am certainly not going to quibble about Dickens, but it just did not hold my attention. It took me a long time to get though the last third because I kept falling asleep. As noted above, I like to be kept on my toes.
So, while I am not unhappy that I read Great Expectations, I probably would never return to it. I can't imagine this book keeping my attention without John Lee's expert voice bringing the characters to life, but over all, I would give the book 3 of 5 stars and the narration 5 of 5 stars....hence the 4 star review for the listening experience, overall. I guess I had.... Great Expectations for this book. (sorry! couldn't resist!)
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