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Great Expectations

Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

The classic Charles Dickens novel, performed by one of Britain's greatest comedians.

Widely considered to be Charles Dickens' greatest and best-loved work, Great Expectations was first published as a serial between December 1860 - August 1861 and has been in print ever since. The story of a young boy from humble origins who dares to dream of becoming a gentleman, it is one of Dickens' most enduring and widely adapted novels.

In this new unabridged production, star comedian and polymath Eddie Izzard infuses the story of Pip with his trademark wit and flair, and breathes new life into some of Dickens' most memorable characters, while staying completely faithful to the novel. 

A unique performer and storyteller, Eddie has long held a fascination for Dickens and his work. Whether you're already well-acquainted with the story or you've never read a Charles Dickens novel, this is a must-listen.

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Does Dickens justice

One of the most classic novels told in a wonderful and heartfelt way by Eddie Izzard. He brings Dickens' characters and words to life. I was hooked from the first minute.

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A Tour de Force and an Unforgettable Experience

What an inspired combination; Dickens and Eddie Izzard. Dickens’ most wonderful story and the most delightful possible reading. I cannot imagine any other narrator reaching the heights and depths of empathy with all the weird and wonderful characters that Dickens creates. I will long remember the many hours of sheer bliss this reading has given me.

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Wanted to like it

Sorry to say that I didn’t think Eddie Izzard brought the story to life as much as I was expecting from the other reviews. Primarily, his accents for the main characters were a bit too similar. I had just finished listening to a Tale of Two Cities, narrated by Simon Callow, which was exceptional, so maybe Eddie Izzard was facing an uphill battle by being next in line after Simon’s performance!

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Brilliant

Eddie Izzard's performance for this audiobook is absolutely fabulous. He clearly loves this story and is relishing (I'm still listening) reading it aloud. Highly recommend.

But, the editing is not 100%. There have been several times when a sentence has been repeated and the editor/producer has not deleted accordingly. So not an ideal production but Eddie Izzard's narration is very good.

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Brilliant.

Eddie Izzard brings this classic to life. I was gripped from start to finish. Unmissable.

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Hard read

I love Eddie izzard as a comedian but sorry Eddie I just couldn't get through it.
Probably expected too much example another Stephen fry.
The story is amazing but just couldnt finish due to the narrative.
But that's just my opinion.

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good read

Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this book.Izzard is a good narrator and added to the enjoyment.

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fantastic! <br />

loved every minute of this. Eddie Izzard brings this book to life like no one else can. It is a timeless classic

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  • JoieDe
  • 30-09-18

Best listen EVER! Eddie Izzard + Dickens = AMAZING

I'm enthralled by this reading of Great Expectations. It is the tale of an ignorant boy coming into a surprise inheritance which he copes with in some hilarious ways as he gradually grows up. Much of it is tongue-in-cheek. Pip is at times an oblivious self-observer, but most of the characters are endearing in their eccentric and sometimes bumbling ways.

Eddie Izzard should record the entire Dickens oeuvre, he's that good at bringing the story to life.

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  • Thelma And Lou
  • 28-06-18

Pure entertainment

I've listened to several excellent audible versions of Dickens novels and this is one of my favorites - the reading by Eddie Izzard gives such enjoyment. Highly recommend

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  • Cookie
  • 10-09-19

Not so much

I seem to differ from a lot of reviewers here in that I found the narrator too distracting to be able to follow the story. His accents were indeed wonderful, giving each character a life of their own. I could picture each person perfectly, befitting their particular class and station, personality, etc. but the actual reading of the story was often halting, with pauses in the middle of a sentence as if at a page break. I found I was subconsciously waiting for each future instance and was too distracted.
I ended up returning this edition and am going with Simon Vance- tried and true.
The book is definitely Dicken’s very best. I’m late to his writings and I find I’ve started to think of him as a writer in line with Shakespeare- something for any intellect to appreciate in every book. And I’ve yet to read any Dicken’s book that I haven’t cried- in sadness or joy.

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  • Marianne Thompson
  • 16-09-19

Tremendous

Mr Izzard’s performance is transcendent. He renders each character with such insight and tenderness which is fully in concert with Dickens’ handling of them himself. Izzard’s intelligence and ability to relate to the humanity in the tale beyond the eccentricities of an older dialect allow him to inflect antiquated phraseology in a completely modern and relatable tone. He makes the tome which in other hands might be read with the gravitas of a formidable, unrelatable great-grandfather open up and blossom, as if told you by your best friend over tea in the kitchen. Truly a magnificent reading and-I forgot to mention - also an equally worthy and wonderful book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-20

Please more Eddie Izzard!

Great book and especially wonderful with Mr. Izzard's narration. He captures each character so easily and gives them such precision. I enjoyed listening to this I had to take a day to dedicate without distractions.

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  • Juniper
  • 29-02-20

Eddy Izzard breathes new life into this classic.

Eddy Izzard breathes new life into this classic. I’m so glad I found his version before I thought I had to settle with one of the others. More Izzard for more of the classics, please!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-19

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Eddie Izzard is wonderful, the best, as is the novel! Do not miss it whether you are a Dickens fan or not.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-19

Charming, engaging story with great narration

Eddie izzard brought great expectations to life for me. Dickens wonderful description and interesting characters captured my attention and affection. I frequently laughed out loud particularly in the early parts of the book as these wonderful characters come to life. I am now on a complete Dickens journey

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  • Linda Jane Lease
  • 28-07-19

Great Expectations finally understood

Many, many years ago this book was just a high school assignment which I found extremely difficult to read and understand. Thank goodness for Audible books for presenting this wonderful version. The narrator brought this tale to life and made even the old English text enjoyable and exciting. The story of a young lad with a dark secret has many twists and turns. It has all the features of high drama and suspense that modern writers attempt to achieve. Dickens was truly ahead of his time. And there is no better narrator then Eddie Izzard who is also a man ahead of his time. His talent is obvious here, On completion of listening to this book, I looked for a movie version and found the 1947 film starring John Mills as Pip and Alec Guinness as Herbert Pocket. It is equally enjoyable but of course much abbreviated. I really can not recommend this audible version enough. I know I will listen to it again and again over the years.

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  • T. McGohey
  • 30-06-19

Izzard IS Pip!

Izzard is the perfect reader for this novel: poignant, witty, arrogant, naive, generous, wistful. Pitch perfect with every character.