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Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Hugh Laurie Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781429585873

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The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward Estella, form the prelude to his “great expectations.” How Pip comes into a fortune, what he does with it, and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemption.

 

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I really wanted to love this book and I did enjoy the first 150 pages, but by the time Pip inherited his money and moved to England (I gave up at page 267) it couldn't keep my attention any longer; and I confess, I rented the movie and called it good. Maybe I'll pick it up again in a few years and give it another try. For now, I give it three stars only because it did not hold my attention. If you have longer attention span than me, then enjoy. "

    - Debbie, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Huh, I enjoy Charles Dickens. Who knew? Wish I hadn't avoided all Dickens for soooo long. "

    - Marisa, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This is one of the worst books I have ever read. "

    - Kelly, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I adore Dickens. It's amazing how the reader can connect to characters written so long ago. "

    - Lauren, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Find out next week what the cops are really here for. Who will they arrest? Pip? Joe? Pumblechook? Did they find out about pip helping the convict, or are they just stopping over to say hi? The way the author writes it is in a way I don't think Charles even knows himself. Buy the next section in order to find out why the cops want to arrest Joe? Oops, I gave it away. Or did I? "

    - Nick, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked it the best of all the Dicken's novels I've read. It seems more mature than say Oliver Twist where the main character was high-born all along and ends up taking his place in society. It has an appropriate ending with hope but not with all problems solved but with Pip and Estrella maturing. Many of the most sympathetic characters are low-born unlike Oliver Twist. In fairness in Hard Times it is the same and obviously its what Dickens is reknowned for but in this book the characters are also realistic. "

    - Jer, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Most of all I liked the way mr. Wemmick looked after his old parent. He succeeded in making his parent very happy. Mr. Wemmick's respect to his old parent was kind of satisfying. Somehow it meant more to me than the story of the main character, Pip. "

    - El-na, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I must say I was quite hesitant to read any book by Dickens, due to his notorious wordiness. However, after reading Great Expectations, I have a greater appreciation of Victorian literature. Dickens really manages to capture the dreariness of working-class England and the decadence of upper-class London. The story of a boy being constantly controlled by the world around him, for both good and bad, is a truly timeless tale that transcends the time period is what written in. Overall, Great Expectations deserve the "classic" status it enjoys, and should be read by anyone who loves a old-fashioned read. "

    - Zak, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I'm just glad it's over!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

    - Anna, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book, read as an adult, took me a while to read, but it was one which grew on me as time went on, and even more so, after I'd read it!! Absolutely brilliant! I find myself always remembering phrases or the plot line itself, when living my daily life, and can't help but similarities between this and other books I've read or stories I've heard since. Absolute classic. Everybody should read this book! "

    - Danielle, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Quite an interesting read, and I think that I will be processing the story, characters, places & Dickens' way of writing for some time. A substantial book; families would have read it over the course of a year in the newspapers- 50 serialized chapters. So I suppose I shouldn't feel so bad that I took two months to complete the read.... "

    - Darcy, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great character analysis from Charles Dickens. Pip is a very deep and real character and Charles Dickens did a very good job to give that to the reader. "

    - Eren, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I may have not enjoyed this book as I thought I would but I guess that's just because of my current disposition--think academics, graduation requirements, well... life, generally. But I think I'll enjoy it, in another timing, maybe. Or not. So much for giving classics another try. ;__________; "

    - Jom, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book!! It's a well-written and insightful novel with universal themes and authentic, quirky and loveable characters. Easy to read, hard to put down and laugh-out-loud funny! A timeless classic: Dickens is a master. "

    - Zen, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Always a great pleasure to read Dickens. Beautiful & evocative language.. "

    - Dees, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read in school - would never really make sense of it had we not studied it in detail for English A Level but having been taught what Dickens is trying to say there's a chance I'd enjoy it a second time as an adult! I've yet to find out...doesn't jump out as a 'must read now' at the moment though! "

    - Hakuna212, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This book is dumb and boring. Pip is dumb for liking a girl that constantly insults him. I'm being forced to read this book for English and I can't read more than like 10 pages at a time before my eyes glaze over. He explains everything with an absurd amount of details and it's extremely slow. "

    - La-ia, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I won't lie, I have to discipline myself to read Dickens, but he came through with the ending in Great Expectations. "

    - Anna, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There's a reason just about everything Dickens wrote is considered a classic. He was brilliant. I remember reading this book in high school, but a recent viewing of Masterpiece Classic inspired me to pick it up and read it again. The imperfections of the main character Pip and fellows Miss Havisham, Magwich (noble savage that he is), Jaggers and Estella have given me quite a bit to mull over. Who, really, is the villain - the convict, the jilted madwoman, the heartless Estella or is it Pip himself? "

    - Dorothy, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " We all have "great expectations" thinking when we are young the course our life should go. My favorite quote in this book was Pip's realization of Miss Havisham, "But that, in shutting out the light of day, she had shut out infinitely more; that, in seclusion, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural and healing influences; that, her mind, brooding solitary, had grown diseased, as all minds must and will that reverse the appointed order of their Maker, I knew equally well." I sometimes skim that fine line of seclusion especially these last few years and Charles Dicken's assessment of seclusion in 1861 is just as pertinent today. "

    - Pamela, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the greatest books I have read :) "

    - Marianne, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slightly depressing if you're a dreamer. :P "

    - Michelle, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Still good; I enjoy Dickens, even though he's a downer "

    - Cindy, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The best book of Dickens. Characters are interwoven. "

    - Maryann, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Classic book...took me awhile to get through it. The beginning seemed slow and the language is not modern. I do think that Dickens, once again, does a great job of reflecting on the human condition. He does not make the main character a hero like so many authors try to do. "

    - Rebekah, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Hard work but glad I read it "

    - Juliet, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " my all time favorite book. "

    - Margey, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " its amazing....i simply like stories based on those old victorian eras....simply awesum... "

    - Sharmistha, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Ms. Havisham and cake will forever be in mind. "

    - Featherly245uo4, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It took me a little while to get into it, but after a while I looked forward to going to work so that I could find out what was going to happen to Pip next. "

    - Emily, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed the characters. Challenging vocabulary. "

    - Yvette, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have read this novel numerous times with my English classes and find it is still one of my favorites. Who can ever forget Pip, the convict Magwich,, Miss Havisham, and his life-long obsession, Estella. This novel has many twists and turns and surprises in the end. I love Dickens's habit of using young children as the focal point and having the world revealed through their eyes. The evil and hypocrisy of society is intensified and reinforced greatly. "

    - Marcia, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was a really really depressed one. It was so boring till the middle of the book that a lot of times I found myself irritated due to the way that the Dickens describes the happenings and speeches of the characters. There were a lot of times that i wanted to abandon the book and never ever look at it again :P. However, in the middle of the book where the legal guardian of Pip is revealed, everything changed. The book stoped being boring, miraculously. It had intence and made me feel like what the hell is going to happen next(?!). I find the ending of the book really filled with mixed feelings. Due to the first part of the book, though, I don't think that I would ever again read this book. Well, on the other hand, never say never :P "

    - Chrysa, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Still a classic worth reading. "

    - Joel, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Pip and miss haversham - one of the great tales "

    - Lewis, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book!! It's a well-written and insightful novel with universal themes and authentic, quirky and loveable characters. Easy to read, hard to put down and laugh-out-loud funny! A timeless classic: Dickens is a master. "

    - Zen, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A classic and one of my favorites at that. It took me a while to navigate through Dickens' rich words but once you have the hang of it, you start to appreciate the beauty of his story-telling. Pip is the perfect little protagonist, the skinny boy who is treated badly at home and suddenly stumbles upon his fortune. The book has an eerie quality, lent especially by Miss Havisham and her ghostly house. The events might not represent reality and might seem a little haywire until you've reached the end but it is a special read nevertheless. "

    - Devika, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I am definately not a fan of Dickens after reading this. It had a great idea behind it all, but I'm very unfamiliar to the writing style of the period so it was difficult to get with it. I hope to read other books by Charles Dickens and hopefully my perspective of him as a writer will change. "

    - Randi, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great Expectations is incredible. The details and descriptions, especially in the first part of the book, give the reader a clear, vivid picture of the countryside, the town, the house, etc. Dickens portrays Pip's emotions excellently and really draws the reader into the story with Pip's thoughts and feelings in different situations. Concerning the ending, I prefer the newer ending because it appears to be more in line with Dicken's writing style, and the newer ending also presents Estella's and Pip's emotions well in the final moments. Personally, I loved this book, and I think I will explore a few more of Dicken's writings in the future. "

    - Ryan, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Story is interesting though I kind of felt that it beyond being realistic sometimes. Love how Dickens portray the characters and the use of language with contemporary inclusions. After all it's a story about an Idiotic boy :D "

    - Dishan, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " loved it, a million characters to keep up with "

    - Pat, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked it the best of all the Dicken's novels I've read. It seems more mature than say Oliver Twist where the main character was high-born all along and ends up taking his place in society. It has an appropriate ending with hope but not with all problems solved but with Pip and Estrella maturing. Many of the most sympathetic characters are low-born unlike Oliver Twist. In fairness in Hard Times it is the same and obviously its what Dickens is reknowned for but in this book the characters are also realistic. "

    - Jer, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Although this book left me in distress about my feelings toward Pip and Estella - the fact that neither character is particularly likeable - I found it to be very interesting. The story of the way Miss Havisham became to be the way she was intrigued me. "

    - Lizzie, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a story of social status differences with complicated character, the marvellous charles dickens in imaging the beautiful metaphors of language. "

    - Rasha, 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Ha! This book taught me not to be a selfish pig. Do things only for love. "

    - Lisa, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This is one of the worst books I have ever read. "

    - Kelly, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Miss Havisham can't let bygones be bygones. "

    - Steve, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I'll try to read it again in a few years time, but for my it was really hard to get through this book (being a teenager. "

    - Cas, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One of the classics for a reason :) "

    - Lindsay, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I listened to the audible version. It was great and I wasn't expecting to hear Dicken's originally intended ending which was also included. "

    - Steve, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Got 3/4 & another 1/4 in to The Ending. Was a very good Story! I just might read this again. Love Charles Dickens! "

    - cathbodua59, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The thing that stands out most for me is Miss Havisham: just a chilling archetype of someone stuck in the past who will never emerge. Pip frankly did not interest me as much as the tragic old maid! "

    - Amy, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Classic tales as good as this deserve that moniker. Excellent! "

    - Crystal, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Reading this book is like being shown all the extraordinary quirks and vices and virtues within the human heart in the form of meeting unique and unforgettable characters that exist long after the last page is turned. "

    - Raven, 12/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " If i could give it less than one star, i would. "

    - Thalia, 12/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read a million times and I still cry. LOVE LOVE LOVE. "

    - Malea, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " "I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be." Bam. "

    - Sam, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Utterly terrible load of old tosh. Please don't buy borrow or steal it. This book should be banned. If I was freezing to death and offered a copy of this book to burn, I still hate it, even though it mught savce my life. Great Expecptations - JUST SAY NO!!!!!!!!1 "

    - Paddy, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Yes, it's a bit drawn out and the references to the 19th century legal system or boating may be difficult to wade through, but the characters are so fresh, vivid, and original that it made me smile all the way through. At once unlikely and unlike anything else I've ever read. "

    - Danica, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Confession to 10th grade English teacher: I never finished this book and faked my way through your exam. Oh what a young, intellectually lazy, fool I was! "

    - Lynn, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is excellent because its everything the readers don't expect to happen. The book is a full mystery of the life of Pip. In the book he struggles and becomes rich, and then looses it all again. The book is a great story on how you never know who to trust, and what might happen at the end. "

    - Amy, 11/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " First Dickens novel. A bit slow at the start but having no idea how it would play out ( not seen any movies) got hooked. Can easy see how it is a great classic. "

    - Beaugiejuice, 11/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book was very annoying and dragged out. In addition, it wasn't very clear and it composed mostly of old English. "

    - Daniel, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One of the classics for a reason :) "

    - Lindsay, 11/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved, loved, loved this book. "

    - John, 11/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " believe it or not, this book is funny "

    - Madeleine, 11/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good. Not Les Mis good, but still a great book. Colorful characters. "

    - Jimmy, 11/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " What can I say about Charles Dickens..? A masterpiece. "

    - Augustine, 11/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Suffice it to say, Dickens is now my favourite writer. "

    - Ana, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " great book, surprised by the ending. would read again. "

    - David, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Pip, what's a name. For me, Pip represents everyone of us because we all grow up with expectations. He was a poor child who wanted to be a gentleman. The conflicts he gets in make us realise that we should think deeply of what we want to be. "

    - Osama, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this classic that somehow I missed in high school and college. A cast of unique characters, a good study of human emotions and motivations (and expectations!) and well-written, of course! "

    - Laura, 11/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " While the book overall is bloated and overlong, it has one of the best core plots of any book I've ever read. "

    - James, 10/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Too many details, Mr. Dickens. "

    - Joanna, 10/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Freshman Writing Class (high school) "

    - Taylor, 10/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a great book! Its one that imagine I shall read more than once. I think that Wilky Collins is a better writer, but I enjoyed this book none the less. "

    - Chuggernaught, 9/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very well written work. A Classic. Remember watching the series on television decades ago too. "

    - Ancie, 9/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a long listen, but very worth the time. There are reasons why some books are called "classics." "

    - Kim, 9/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " "I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be." Bam. "

    - Sam, 9/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the first real classics that I read years ago, this book introduced me to why great literature survives. The richness of detail that Dickens employs allows one to enter fully into the scenes as they stream off the page. Add it to your library if you haven't yet. "

    - Samantha, 9/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Much to much superfluous detail for my taste. "

    - Lindsey, 9/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dickens has wicked sense of humour. Love all the books. "

    - Leister, 9/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i liked it a lot (Y) "

    - salma, 8/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Inspirational, honest and heartbreakingly truthful. Life isn't always happily ever after. "

    - Valerie, 8/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was better the second time around. "

    - Zan, 8/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " By far my favorite book. "

    - Mindy, 8/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I've read it twice. *really nice book "

    - Iahmed77, 7/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I gave this book a 2 because I liked the wishbone version. And miss havisham. Other than that I thought it was pretty terrible. "

    - Rebecca, 7/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It seemed to take me forever to get through this book, but I did enjoy it! "

    - Kimberly, 7/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I had Great Expectations for this book... and although I was NOT gratified by the ending, Charles Dickens is such a GENIUS (his writing...!) and the plot = spectacular. "

    - May, 7/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a great book. It presents a wonderful view of life and the way we tend to approach it. It made me question a lot of things and was just generally a great book! "

    - Rebecca, 6/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book gave me a very accurate description of greed- for love, as well as money due to the former. It is written in such lovely language that, though it may be difficult to decipher some of it, it is an excellent book. "

    - Anonymous, 6/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Story is interesting though I kind of felt that it beyond being realistic sometimes. Love how Dickens portray the characters and the use of language with contemporary inclusions. After all it's a story about an Idiotic boy :D "

    - Dishan, 5/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So... I had always heard the joke about the title, tried to read it myself as a teenager, but...wow. That is why my teachers wanted me to read it. Such a great story with a less fairytale, more realistic ending. Fantastic. "

    - Benjamin, 5/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is the marked novel among many that I read these days. I almost cried and laughed. The last scene was so impressive that I recalled my life. I thought it is kind of success story of miserable child. But it wasn't mere story. This is how the life is. Bitter and sweet. "

    - Hirosasazaki, 5/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Dickens is ever so clever in the way he sneaks in characters here and there and hints at underlying ties and then blast your brains out on the pavement. "

    - Adam, 5/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " believe it or not, this book is funny "

    - Madeleine, 4/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I decided to tackle Great Expectations this year because it was on my shelf. I liked the plot of the book and the ending. Sometimes I had a hard time understanding what was being said. I'm glad I can add this classic to my have read list but I think I liked Tale of Two Cities much better. "

    - Deann, 4/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " one of Dickens best works "

    - Hasan, 4/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Absolute masterpiece - what can you say about it that hasn't already been said? "

    - Robert, 3/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I also read the movie book(with Gweneth and Ethan, lol, Lived that flick. "

    - Julian, 3/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Reading this book is like being shown all the extraordinary quirks and vices and virtues within the human heart in the form of meeting unique and unforgettable characters that exist long after the last page is turned. "

    - Raven, 3/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great read. Dickens' characterizations are incredible. I couldn't help but love so many of the characters and their relationships with each other. It was also easy to despise the villains. Dickens' words are beautiful. I always enjoy reading him. "

    - D, 3/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A classic. One of my favorite books. "

    - K., 3/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " As I often find when I "return" to books I thought I knew from watching Wishbone, this book was a pleasant, unexpected surprise. A few times I did lose interest, but all in all, I truly enjoyed Pip's journey through the mires of Expectations into maturity. "

    - Diana, 2/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This book is dumb and boring. Pip is dumb for liking a girl that constantly insults him. I'm being forced to read this book for English and I can't read more than like 10 pages at a time before my eyes glaze over. He explains everything with an absurd amount of details and it's extremely slow. "

    - La-ia, 2/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The 1998 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke is a good modern adaptation. "

    - Alexander, 1/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love the story line so far and find it an easy read! "

    - Kandy, 12/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Dickens, a master of characterization and social commentary. Always good. "

    - Sylvie, 11/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed the characters. Challenging vocabulary. "

    - Yvette, 11/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " so glad I finally read this. Dickens is long winded and strange but I love the story and characters. "

    - Catherine, 11/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " At first, it was hard for me to get into the book. It seemed too depressing. However, as soon as Pip came into his "expectations", it really picked up for me. I loved it, especially the end! "

    - Kristi, 10/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved as much as when I read it in high school! "

    - Jeff, 10/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " read this book the first time when I was in 3rd grade and again when I was in 7th. And again a few years ago. It is truly a classic. one to be read many times! "

    - Tater, 10/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read many Dickens books in college. They sortof blur together, I'm sorry to say. "

    - Pam, 9/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Dickens is a master. No more to be said. "

    - Mathona, 9/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Still good; I enjoy Dickens, even though he's a downer "

    - Cindy, 8/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Already reviewed another edition of this novel. "

    - Alannah, 8/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " loved it, a million characters to keep up with "

    - Pat, 7/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " this book was a hard read. it took me a while to actually start liking it, I did end up liking it but it was a slow go. "

    - Courtney, 7/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " "Read" this as an audiobook while exercising. A grand novel-the use of language so beautiful! And the accents consistent throughout for the various characters was superb! "

    - Sue, 7/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good. Not Les Mis good, but still a great book. Colorful characters. "

    - Jimmy, 7/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Just re-read this. I think it might be my favorite Dickens book. Abel Magwitch is by far my favorite Dickens character, and who doesn't hope that one day an "anonymous benefactor" will leave you a fortune?? "

    - Stacy, 7/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great Expectations is Dickens most mature work, but also his most disillusioned. The style is marvelous as always. Some clame Great Expectations as his greatest work. I can't say. But it is worth reading for sure! "

    - Martha, 6/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Best book from Charles Dickens. I like this better than his other works (i.e. A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities). The movie version had Gwyneth Paltrow in it. "

    - Carissa, 6/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I read this in High School and found it boring. I tried again as an adult and my opinion hasn't changed. It was a struggle to keep on reading. One of the dullest books I've read. "

    - Adriana, 6/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great character analysis from Charles Dickens. Pip is a very deep and real character and Charles Dickens did a very good job to give that to the reader. "

    - Eren, 6/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Needed an editor; clearly paid by the word. Which is too bad, because otherwise I was mostly enjoying this one. Just slow and plodding enough to lose my interest, though. "

    - Nori, 5/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Absolutely fantastic book, can never beat old classics especially Charles Dickens! A book that can be re read a thousand times and never get bored of!! "

    - Laura, 4/8/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A book that started my love for reading books. With the universal appeal of its characters, we cannot help feeling that its our own coming-of-age story that is being narrated by Dickens. "

    - Prashant, 2/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It is An. Amazing novel. I loved it. I Will read All Dickens book. "

    - Carlyle, 2/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slightly depressing if you're a dreamer. :P "

    - Michelle, 2/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Reread this after about 15 years and just loved it. If it's not Dickens' best it's right up there. "

    - Peter, 2/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A long stretched-out novel with outdated grammar. It has its merits, but it's too didactic and relies on too many cheap coincidences. "

    - Harry, 1/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I finished this in less than a week, and LOVED it. I can't say why. But it was just....so....great. <3 <3 <3 And some of the parts just broke your heart, but the ending was happy. <3 The characters were amazing. I loved the twists he gave them. "

    - Ellie, 1/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Completed Wuthering Heights just before reading this and found it a bit of a disappointment. Valuable for it's historical detail and depiction of London life, but found it shallow dealing with most of the character's thoughts and feelings. "

    - Shirley, 12/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Review will follow on my channel very soon. "

    - Lisa, 12/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Favorite of Dickens. Reread every year "

    - Bill, 12/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Favorite book ever, so far. "

    - Sarah, 11/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Despite the ridiculously, laughably contrived plot, the book overflows with characters & scenes that engaged my emotions, & caused me to laugh. On the whole, delightful. "

    - Jed, 11/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " After an exciting beginning a gem of a book. "

    - Tessa, 9/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I have an irrational dislike of anything Dickens. He just can't keep my interest. "

    - Raeanna, 9/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I really didn't enjoy this text, though I gave it three stars due to the sweet and naive character of Joe who was a joy to read about, and the few sequences between Pip and Estella which were lovely. "

    - Rhianna, 8/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It seemed to take me forever to get through this book, but I did enjoy it! "

    - Kimberly, 7/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was hard to read, I simply couldn't warm up to the main protagonists. "

    - Hexe, 7/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read many years ago in the ancient times when I was an undergraduate, but I remember being totally engrossed in this novel's characters. "

    - Peter, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " when i reading i feel Enjoy..!! "

    - Sabha, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I'm just not a huge fan of Charles Dickens. Can't explain it, just not a fan. "

    - Brooke, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A perennial favorite! I still love teaching this novel year after year to my honors 9 students. Dickens has a way with characterization, setting, and timeless themes such as forgiveness, love, justice, and redemption. "

    - Barbara, 6/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is from the author Charles Dickens and it follows an English boy named Pip and it starts out with him meeting a convict. And also other adventures. I did not like the book Pip is boring and there was no reason for me to like it. It just dragged on. "

    - Hassan, 6/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " It took way too many words to describe things. "

    - Samantha, 6/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Another book that I need to give another chance. I read it freshman year of high school in a class I hated with a teacher I despised.... "

    - Megan, 6/21/2011

About the Author

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.

About the Narrator

Hugh Laurie is a prolific English actor, comedian, writer, musician, and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his comedic partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster for more than a decade. His eight-year performance as the protagonist Dr. Gregory House in House earned him two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and six Emmy nominations.