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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (226,577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Gordon Griffen Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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In a gloomy, neglected house Miss Havisham sits, as she has sat year after year, in a wedding dress and veil that were once white, and are now faded and yellow with age. Her face is like a death's head; her dark eyes burn with bitterness and hate. By her side sits a proud and beautiful girl, and in front of her, trembling with fear in his thick country boots, stands young Pip. Miss Havisham stares at Pip coldly, and murmurs to the girl at her side: 'Break his heart, Estella. Break his heart!' An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Charles Dickens original by Clare West.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klaire | 2/13/2014

    " I have great respect for this book, but I myself don't enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Santanu Bhowmick | 2/11/2014

    " This is the book that I've re-read almost every couple of years, and I've enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time I read it (or even more, as I read through the parts I like most - in fact, writing this review is making me itch to read it again, right now!). I wished I had the ability to put down in words what I feel each time I leaf through this epic work - it is the lens through which I feel I can examine any feature of humanity! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amaris | 2/10/2014

    " This was an intriguing read. I repeatedly wondered how Dickens came up with such a character as Ms. Havisham. I felt that Pip's love of Estella was absurd and governed his every waking moment. Heartbreak warped this book to the point that most women were wretched shrews and most men were oily cowards. Besides these aspects, I feel that Dickens made his point. Love is the single most dangerous catalyst in the universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dabeyta | 2/6/2014

    " I was most impacted by the protagonist's response to a gift received from a convict, and the change that slowly occurred as he learned more of the convict's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " It was good. I think the novel illustrated "great" expectations in life often are not what we need or receive. The action started out strong and really picked up but some parts of the novel seem like a family off of Maurrey. The length becomes...difficult to persevere through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabby Rohland | 1/23/2014

    " The story was very interesting and kept me coming back, and the language definitely challenged me, but it was a nice challenge. I learned new language and dialects and much more. The story was very interesting and the endings were both very nice (yes, there are two endings). I totally recommend reading this book to anyone who loves a literary challenge and mystery plot line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/17/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " I loved every bit of it. Half of the time I was reading it I was convinced it was a comedy. That being said...I do have a slightly dark sense of humor. Pip's sister wasn't the nicest woman but some of the things she said made me giggle. The spat between her and Orlick had me cracking up. I was sad to see her go, but Joe needed to be free of her. I enjoyed Pip's progression from boy, to adolescent, to young man. I'm glad I waited to read this until I was a bit older...I don't know that I would've sat through it in my younger days. This classic has earned a permanent place upon my shelves and I will most definitely read it again one day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey Vaughan | 1/9/2014

    " Much to much superfluous detail for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 12/31/2013

    " I thought it was pretty good... excellent in comparison to A Tale of Two Cities (I'm in no way a history person.). It was a cute story with some GREAT plot twists and shocks. It was a bit difficult to get into, but I am glad I read this classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maxine | 12/27/2013

    " Didn't finish reading it, just couldn't get into it. It's like they turned a good film into a bad book, normally the other way around. I can't remember it being that bad at school. Not my kind of book, but others might enjoy it, so read it for yourself :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaugiejuice | 12/20/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Sokol | 12/4/2013

    " This is a decent book on a micro-level, since the narrative style is pretty good and I laughed out loud a good number of times. As a full book though it's extremely dull and I found myself having to push myself through it other than a few moments where major plot points kicked in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jehan Nayga | 11/26/2013

    " My chosen novel to report in class when I was a junior student. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 9/20/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abd Elrhman Ragab | 9/7/2013

    " I owned this novel 8 years ago and its the first time to read it... Really its Amazing !! :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 7/13/2013

    " Hard to read, but good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Smith | 6/25/2013

    " Great ending! Still I'm not sure that it was worth reading the first 370 pages to get to the last 100... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 6/14/2013

    " what detestable in pig more so in boy or girl, lies come from father of lies, must be common scholar to be uncommon cannot get there by being crooked, tears rain up on blinding dust of earth, no varnish can hide the grain of the wood, Estella deceive and entrap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 4/15/2013

    " One of the best Dickens books. The tale of the loveable Pip & how his fortunes change thanks to a secret benefactor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Spencer | 11/30/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/23/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/14/2012

    " Very intriguing characters and a very interesting storyline. The plot and writing, however, are not as monumentally awe-inspiring as "A Tale of Two Cities," but a fantastic read nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Gordon | 7/31/2012

    " Who doesn't love this book. Love the old lady and the house. Amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 6/27/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabha | 6/27/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 6/26/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hassan | 6/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 6/22/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 6/21/2011

    " 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.... "

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About the Author
Author Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.