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Great Expectations

Lu par : Anton Lesser
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • XtraBlu
  • 27/05/2019

One of the best performances Audible has to offer

If you’re a lover of classics, this version of Great Expectations is one of the best I’ve heard. I had read this book many times and loved it most of my life, but Anton Lesser’s superb performance brought it to life and immersed me in a well-loved story in a way I did not expect. His renditions of the voices of the many characters is utterly realistic and never sounded silly or false. The first person character of Pip is warm and endearingly human for all his foibles and mistakes. This book is one of my top audible titles (out of 100+) due to this absolutely amazing performance.

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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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  • James
  • 23/12/2017

What a Performance by Anton Lesser!

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All I'll say about the book is that it deserves every bit of its reputation. But Anton Lesser's performance is in my Top Five. Listening to the sample doesn't do him justice, at least I don't remember being blown away by it; I usually like male readers with deeper voices with more gravitas. But Lesser's middle-range voice is full of nuance and unsentimental friendliness. His voices for the characters are vivid without being hammy, and he makes such intelligent choices of where to emphasize (not often) and where to emote (even rarer), the result being a calm performance that is never flat. I was never fatigued by his attack, but also never lost interest. It was brilliant and perfect. If you lean towards dry performances that are nevertheless animated and confident whenever it is called for (the word "effortless" comes to mind), you will likely appreciate this one.

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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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  • Daniel
  • 03/06/2019

Malerische Erzählung

Eine schaurige und zugleich lustige Geschichte, von einem wunderbaren Erzähler vorgelesen, der es versteht, jeder Figur eine eigene Stimme zu verleihen.

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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!