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Great Expectations | [Charles Dickens]

Great Expectations

Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh until Pip receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he passes from childhood to adulthood and discovers his true self.
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Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh until Pip receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he passes from childhood to adulthood and discovers his true self.

©2003 Charles Dickens; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 06/12/2009
    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 06/12/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant rendition"

    I have recently decided (having failed to read classics as a kid) to listen to them by audio book. This was brilliantly read and I'll now continue my objective by purchasing a second classic read by Martin Jarvis. He has brought the characters to life brilliantly.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John 21/12/2009
    John 21/12/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "surpassed my expectations"

    Having heard the abridged version and seen Dickens adaptations on TV I couldn't understand why people said his writing was funny until I heard this. Martin Jarvis is so much more interesting than I can generate in my own mind. His intonation and accents bring this alive. The character observations are terrific and this is so much richer than the narrative of the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    miss Harrogate, United Kingdom 11/02/2012
    miss Harrogate, United Kingdom 11/02/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent listen"

    I recently watched this on the television and i couldn't stop thinking about it , i got this title with my first credit with audible and i enjoyed it so much , the language wasn't hard to understand and i found myself laughing and crying in parts of the listen . for my first ever Charles Dickens book it really was very enjoyable and accessible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Penge, London, United Kingdom 09/08/2010
    Angela Penge, London, United Kingdom 09/08/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "an old favourite so wonderfully read"

    I love this reading of Great Expectations. Martin Jarvis' wonderful narration brings it to life and the story which I have long loved once again hooked me in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonah londonUnited Kingdom 30/11/2009
    Jonah londonUnited Kingdom 30/11/2009
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    "Wonderful"

    Really enjoyed this recording. Jarvis is an excellent narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    alister 06/10/2013
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    "Brilliant Story Brilliantly Told"
    What did you like most about Great Expectations?

    Recently, I have set about filling the gaps in my literary education by "reading" the books picked by the UK in the BBC's Great Read project of 2003 - the British public were asked to vote for their favourite all time book. Embarrassingly, I had never read a Dickens novel. The book takes a little while to get going but is a brilliant read and the narration is superb. Great Expectations was the 17th most loved book in the BBC survey. I would have to put it in my top 3. I have now his other books to "read" - many hour of bliss, greatly expected.


    What other book might you compare Great Expectations to, and why?

    Pride and Prejudice - if only because their are both brilliantly told classic love stories.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, all the characters are brought to life with the perfect intonation


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fatou DAKAR, Senegal 23/12/2012
    Fatou DAKAR, Senegal 23/12/2012 Listener Since 2009
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    "Martin Jarvis rocks"

    The audio book for Great Expectations by any other actor would be dull. Martin Jarvis, brings Dickens' masterpiece to life!



    Funny, well narrated and Great Expectation is my all time favourite in my library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nigel North Seaton Ind Estate, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    nigel North Seaton Ind Estate, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Listener Since 2010
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    "Martin Jarvis makes this work"

    I had tried reading a paper copy of "Great Expectations" a few years ago, but disliked the accents and patois of Joe the Blacksmith; but in this audio version of the book he is my favourite character thanks to the narration of Martin Jarvis, who does a great job throughout the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard LEICESTER, United Kingdom 09/08/2012
    Richard LEICESTER, United Kingdom 09/08/2012 Member Since 2012

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    "Brilliant narration of a great classic story"

    Brilliantly narrated by Martin Jarvis and very much enjoyed. I know it's a Dickens classic, but I've never read it or watched a dramatisation past the very opening grave yard scene, I didn't think it would appeal. There's a massive advantage for me in having the Dickens novels narrated. I could never bring the characters to life in the same way. The beauty of having the book narrated rather than a dramatised version is that you get to hear all the wonderful prose and don't miss out on any of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 29/04/2012
    Stephen Hitchin, United Kingdom 29/04/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "It's is why they are called classics"

    I loved the whole of this book. Read by a man we could call a master. A wonderful book that blends the spices of human emotion and character into a delicious banquet. It was my first Dickens novel, it will not be my last. The characters became acquaintainces, friends and enemies. The story is complex yet understandable. The characters very human. What a clever Dickens!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
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    06/02/10
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    "Great Expectations delivered"

    This is an excellent story and Martin Jarvis does a fantastic job. All of Dickens characters come alive. It was like being in the front row of a play. Best audible book I have heard thus far.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ami
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    10/02/11
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    "Just How Dickens Should Be Read"

    One of Dickens' better reads, Martin Javis complements it perfectly with his vivid reading style. It's evident he's given careful thought to nuance and characterisation, and it really brings the text to life. Dickens is really very theatrical, and in many ways is so much better read out loud; this is Great Expectations at its best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Loved it!"

    Martin Jarvis is a master narrator! He brings the book to life. It felt more like listening to a play than listening to a novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    This is one of the greatest works of English literature read with enormous intelligence and understanding by an excellent actor. I had read Dickens as a young man and liked him, but listening to this reading of Great Expectations was a revelation, showing me for the first time how truly great he is. If you only ever listen to one audiobook, this should be the one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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