Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Considered by many to be Charles Dickens's finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens's most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip's good-hearted roommate Herbert Pocket, and the pompous Pumblechook. As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all---the truth about himself.

Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.


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Dec 15, 2014

the copy that I borrowed had a scratch and due to this track 31 would not play

Aug 25, 2012

I had seen the film a number of times, but I don't think I'd ever read the book, despite loving Dickens. The story is more realistic-- characterwise, that is--than the film, in the denouement of its themes. It uses the melodramatic plot contrivances beloved by Dickens to create a memorable study of how greed, vanity, and thwarted love can warp the human soul, and how the wisdom of experience can redeem these failings. Celebrate 200 years of Charles Dickens by reading some of his great novels!

jwhite412 Dec 15, 2011

Loved it, chewed it, drank it. The character of Pip is grassroots, complex, honest, and still reaches us today. He is both victim, and victimizer. He goes through several changes of station in the novel; beginning as a poor innocent in the marshlands with his cruel sister and Old Joe – then working as a patsy for the rich (but totally insane) old Mrs. Havisham (who was dumped at the alter and still wears her bridal dress), and who is committing child abuse by raising the adopted Estella for the sole purpose of being heartless to all men. He then receives a “Great Expectation” through a mysterious benefactor. He finds that he has come into a handsome property, and will be brought up a gentleman if he will only agree to the two conditions that he will forever be known only as “Pip”, and that he will never know the identity of his benefactor. Pip, having already erroneously concluded that Mrs. Havisham was his benefactor, and that the heartless Estella was being groomed and set aside for him, quickly agreed to these conditions, only to learn later in his life that his benefactor was actually the murderous escaped convict, Magwich, whom he had encountered in the marshland graveyard as a boy. By this time, he has snubbed and disdained all that was formerly valued in his life as “beneath” him, and is forced to re-evaluate. There are also some gothic overtones, humor, and of course a bit of a love story interwoven throughout – it has everything you could possibly desire.


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