American actor and audio superstar Frank Muller is known for authenticity of voices, outstanding interpretation, and sheer natural ability. His is a voice one could listen to forever - it's sonorous and mellow without any unpleasant raspiness. Perhaps Muller's narration is a bit fast, but the dramatic intensity and nuance keep one from losing meaning. His characterizations are superb, expecially those of the imperious Jaggers, the sniveling Orlick and the confounding Magwitch. Muller's great strength lies in his ability to project an ease of presentation that, when combined with his extraordinary emotional alertness, produces a most engaging effect. Surprisingly soft-spoken and confidential in tone, Muller's Pip seems to be talking directly to the listener. Dickens would have been pleased.
When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.
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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.
Yes. It's a great story.
The scene in the graveyard at the start.
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?
Never trust a posh bird.
Slightly disappointed there were no space monkeys as in the South Park adaptation :)
"Why a classic is a classic"
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.
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.
"Great wrting, perfect reader"
I never appreciated Dickens's Great Expectations until I listened to this reading. The humor and language is exceptionally good even for Dickens's high standards but what made it perfect was Frank Muller's reading of it. Well paced and excellent voices for all characters. Five stars to both the book and the reader.
I really enjoyed the different voices used by the narrator. It was more than just read. I checked out this book from the local library but needed it in my collection. This is one reason I signed up with audible.com
"Not my favorite Dickens"
Don't get me wrong. This is classic Dickens, with incredible characterization and a masterfully woven plot. Plus, the narration absolutely could not be better. There are other good narrations of this story, but Frank Muller tops them all. I just don't care for the principal character. A number of times he knows the right thing to do but fails to do it. He suffers the consequences, but he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. Also it lacks a happy ending (in my opinion.) Both of these are unusual for Dickens. I find it unfortunate that many students are offered this as their introduction to Dickens, when it is so uncharacteristic in these ways. So if you are a Dickens fan, you definitely don't want to miss this one, and this by all means is the narrator to choose. It's just not one of my favorites that I listen to time and again.
"My absolute favorite!"
This is by far the most satisfying audio book to which I have ever had the pleasure of listening. I love the way Dickens writes in the first place, but Frank Muller brings this book to life. I'm certain that I wouldn't have enjoyed the print version as much as the audio. I must have read it in school, a hundred years ago, but I don't remember any of it. I will never forget it now.
As Read by Frank Muller
I have been listening to Books On Tape/Recorded Books, for many years, being a prisoner of my car.
Frank Muller is, (or was,) the best reader ever.
If you don't like this reading, you should give this genre up.
I love this book, and love this reader.
"Charles Dickens is a true master"
I absolutely loved this book. I thought the narration couldn't have been better and although at first I found myself to be a little lost, things soon started coming together. Dickens is a master at describing how a character looks, walks, thinks, and behaves as he describes these characteristics as though he was present and noticed each little intricacy. This is truly a "Great Book" and should be read/heard by all. It will definitely tweak your interest for another great book by Dickens - A Tale Of Two Cities.
Having listened to a number of audiobooks, this one has been my favorite. Dickens is a master of the written word and Muller does a wonderful job of narrating it. The narrator made the story easy to follow by the different intonations given to each character.
Frank Muller's tremendous, and I think he really has a feel for Dickens. This story kept my attention, and his use of voices rounds it out without being distracting. From Recorded Books, who can be counted on for the best readings.
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