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In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.

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Public Domain (P)1996 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

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"We take great joy in recording our conviction that Great Expectations is a masterpiece." ( The Atlantic Monthly)

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  • Bonny
  • 04/07/2015

Complex characters and beautiful narration

I started and abandoned another audiobook of Great Expectations a while back. While I found the narration excellent, the beginning of the book, with Pip's terrorizing by the convict and then the abuse by his sister, was just too bleak and intense, and I gave it up. However, I am running out of Dickens, and decided to try Anton Lesser's recording. I am familiar with his acting work on Wolf Hall and Endeavour but had never listened to his narration. It is exquisite. His portrayal of Pip is straightforward, gentle, almost minimalist, very moving, and his voicing of the other characters is varied and marvelous. It was utterly engrossing.

Great Expectations does not contain the comic relief that Dickens used in so many novels. There is so much horror and sadness: Mrs. Joe, the convicts, Orlick, Miss Havisham, but there is also love and tenderness: Joe Gargery, Wemmick and his Aged Parent, Biddy. It's a rich and beautifully-written story, and well worth your time.

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  • keahi
  • 25/04/2012

Dickens paints wonderful imagery with his words.

What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable?

Anton Lesser is a master of voices and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Pip's life lessons parallel many of our own youthful misguidance that only straightens itself out as he actually lives life.

Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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  • Bonnie
  • 22/04/2012

A superb narration for this classic.

What did you love best about Great Expectations?

Dickens has always provided characters that are memorable; the narration here has managed to truly bring them to life.

Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

I can't choose a favorite character in this performance--Mr. Lesser caught them all so very well indeed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved as Pip realized just how much his mysterious benefactor had suffered unduly, and as we watch him fully change his attitudes and turn around his expectations both of other and of himself.

Any additional comments?

A rendition I most firmly recommend by a superb narrator.

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  • Karen
  • 08/04/2016

Beautifully performed

Anton Lesser reads this late novel by Dickens beautifully. He excels in his range of voices and accents. Warmly recommended.

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  • Katherine
  • 24/06/2015

Love the narration, disliked the book

I just love Anton Lesser as a narrator. He is an amazing reader, with an incredible knack for creating rich characters with just his voice.

On the other hand, I've never cared for Dickens, and his popularity has always been puzzling. This seemed like a good opportunity to see if Mr. Lesser could open the door of Dicken's magic.

As always, Mr. Lesser made magic with his voice. These characters will remain with me as rich individuals. But I still don't understand Dickens' popularity, because the story was not engaging in the least - at least, not for me. Instead, I was simply annoyed by the passive and discontented Pip, who is never happy no matter what life gives him.

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  • Martin
  • 02/03/2013

A Worthy Favourite

There's nothing much that Anton Lesser can't do -- from Hamlet to Homer, his performances are always superlative. So he's the ideal narrator for Dickens' best novel, the wide range of vivid characters drawing out all the actor's virtuosity. Three minutes in, the convict appears out of nowhere, the listener is gripped by the neck, and this eerie and enthralling story begins to unfold in lifelike colour.

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  • Sue Koopman
  • 11/07/2012

Anton Lesser's narration is amazing

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

Yes... the narration is that good.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

His talent for various voices and accents makes the story come alive.

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  • Kurt Hoffman
  • 15/06/2018

Amazing narration performance

I love Anton Lesser’s narrations. I will look for other books read by him (this is my second). His characterizations are amazing and consistent throughout. The realistic and varied voicings flesh out the character whether they be male, female or young,old or poor, privileged. And don’t forget how great this story is. This was my third time reading it. Good job Charles. Good job Anton.

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  • A. Cohen
  • 25/05/2018

Anton Lesser is the best

I felt instantly connected with the time and place and the feel of the England portrayed in GE through the wonderful acting/narration of Anton Lesser. Dickens can be really funny I realized, like laugh out loud funny. Who knew? I would never have been able to flesh out the author’s intentions as well by reading this on my own as I was able to by experiencing Lesser’s interpretation of the characters.

Such a pleasure to have access to a narrator the caliber of Lesser, as well as so many others. We are very fortunate.

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  • Pam Sykes
  • 18/05/2018

Superb narration of a great novel

I can't believe it took me so long to discover the glories of Charles Dickens! This novel deserves its place in the canon -- and the reading by Anton Lesser is outstanding. I listened to several samples of different narrations before choosing one and thought the lightness of Lesser's voice seemed appropriate for what I knew of the character of Pip. I didn't realise quite how versatile a performer he is and my expectations were massively exceeded. This was a beautifully paced, engaged, sensitive reading with just enough dramatic touches and accents to make the characters come alive, without ever becoming distracting, overdone or annoying. One of the most pleasing narrations I've encountered in all my years as an Audible listener.

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  • Britta Helbig
  • 28/01/2018

Great speaker!

Fantastic interpretation of the characters! Wonderful story.
P.S. Als Deutsche habe ich nicht immer jedes Wort verstanden, aber das tut der Geschichte keinen Abbruch. Trotzdem so großartig es im Original zu hören!