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Great Expectations [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Charles Dickens , Hugh Laurie
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Jan. 28 2003 0141804483 978-0141804484 Unabridged
A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; and, the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

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An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Puffin Classics series is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Looking at the reviews for this book, it seems many are reading this book for the first time, as I did, as part of an English Literature course in high school.
Believe me, we can all assure you that this can be a difficult book for a ninth grader to enjoy. After all, we're talking about blacksmiths, pirates, and so on. Hardly things the average teenager of the 2000s can relate to.
But if you're in your twenties, thirties, or forties, this book is as compelling a novel as you'll ever read. It's an opportunity to look back at Pip and ourselves, the great expectations we all have, and the major surprises, disappointments, and regrets of life.
The adult reader can understand the vindictiveness of Miss Havisham, the pride of Magwitch, the true and rare friendship of Herbert Pocket, and, of course, Estella. Each man has in his life an Estella.
Beyond the true-to-life tale of hope and defeat, is the wry humor throughout the book that a more mature reader can appreciate.
Surprise yourself. If you hated this in high school, pick it up now; you may find this is one of the best books you ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Be 21 or Older to Read this Book Oct. 30 2003
Format:Paperback
Why, in God's name, do high school teachers insist on stuffing this complex novel down the throats of their teen-aged students? Because the initial chapters are narrated by, Pip, a little boy we watch become a young man? Because there are pirates and bad guys in it? Because there's a sort of love story? I'm sure some high schoolers understand GREAT EXPECTATIONS but the majority of them... I don't think so.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS contains many complicated, adult themes and issues that adults will surely appreciate. A virtual encyclopedia of human emotions--fear, child abuse, anticipation, disappointment, love, jealousy, manipulation--this greatest of all of Dickens' novels has everything. And all these ingredients are woven into an incredibly entangled plot, full of twists and turns. On top of all that, the novel is also a virtual encyclopedia of the layout and attitudes of Victorian London.
Holding it all together is Pip's incredible perceptions into his world and his emotions. Never before had there been a character so aware of his feelings and, still, because he is human, he allows these emotions to sometimes compel him to do the opposite of what is right and best. Pip does sometimes behave like the child and young adult he is, but that doesn't mean this novel is suitable for anyone of that age.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No contemporary writer can touch this stuff... July 7 2004
Format:Paperback
I must admit that beyond my initial attraction to the novel's title I made several attempts over a period of years to settle into the story but could not get past the first several pages. There are many things to throw off potential readers to aged classics like this one, not the least of which is Dickens' choice of character names such as Pumblechook, Wopsle and Magwitch, which I at first found absurd and annoying. However on a recent attempt I made it as far as chapter 10 (of 59 total) when it dawned on me suddenly and unexpectedly that I was hooked and that there was no turning back.
The unabridged version is not something one can breeze through in an afternoon, especially considering that it requires the development of a certain skill to absorb Dickens' narrative style, much as it is with the often difficult prose of Henry James. Some parts read very fast while others are tortuously overwritten creating a virtual standstill as the eyes glaze over and one starts to look for good reasons not to throw the book against the wall and pull out tufts of hair from one's head in frustration - a good editor would do this book no injustice but I am not going to recommend the abridged version because most parts are not to be played with. But as is the case in life, our accomplishments must be earned, and so I will make this promise to those contemplating reading this work: make the effort, put forth the time to read this novel, which is not a short one, and before long it will grow on you and you will come to treasure your time spent with it, and even savour its pages as the story unfolds and comes to an end.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light David Copperfield March 1 2002
Format:Paperback
I was quite disappointed reading this book after having read David Copperfield. Although both books bear some resemblances, the plot in Great Expectations is much more condensed and simpler. The story is again the orphan-boy-who-gets-away-from-home-in-search-of-a-happier-life. The plot, however, is much less intricated than it is in David Copperfied. There are fewer characters (and fewer pages!) in this book. That caused me an impression that the story is not as feasible as it is in David Copperfield. Some things seem to be rather unreal or fantastical. There are some qualities, however, that remain the same as they are in David Copperfield. The narrative, the characters descriptions and their surprising behaviour keep the reader up to the last page. So this is my advice: if you are one of those who tried to read David Copperfield but gave up because thought it was too boring or long, Great Expectations is an excellent book for you. And maybe, after you have finished it, you'll be willing to read a much better one: David Copperfield.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great expectations
book arrived in the indicated time in good condition. it was described in a clear way, so this time it was sent the book what I wanted.
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Published on March 1 2012 by Judit Kovari
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Listening to the audio version of this Dickens classic is thoroughly enjoyable. The narrator, who is also the main character, addresses you directly and colours the whole story... Read more
Published on March 4 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars only 25 or so chapters through
Reading "Great Expectations" right now after finding it in the TV room at work in camp. It is a book to be savoured, passages reread and admired. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2009 by quartzknee
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never go wrong with Dickens
How nice to reread an old classic as an adult, instead of in the classroom. A wonderful novel of Pip who comes into his "great expectations" via an unknown benefactor -- who he... Read more
Published on May 25 2007 by Misfit
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
During the course of the year I try to read a few, "Important Novels" in order to get a fuller understanding of literature. Read more
Published on June 2 2005 by Bill McCullah
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't live without it
We HAD to read this in high school and even so I LOVED it. It's probably one of the easier Dicken's novels, and it's probably the best thing he ever wrote. Read more
Published on July 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A dickens Classic
I first read this about 12 years ago as a teenager in High School of course at the time I could not possibly comprehend everything that is going on. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Sloppy-Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few perfect books
Virtually every writer that has lived after Dicken's owes him a debt. While by today's standards he may seem verbose and long-winded, taken into context he is a marvel of... Read more
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell is one of the greatest novels of all time. The charachter of pip is amazing. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by B. Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Many reviewers have called this Dickens' greatest novel. One reviewer says it was the first time a character's feeling had been explored in such detail. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Matt B.
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