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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Oct. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ZTK7OU
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The book is also remarkable for its many indelibly memorable and complex characters. Miss Havisham, Pip, Magwitch, Mr. Jaggers, and Estella are characters you will think about again and again in years to come.
The book also surrounds you with a powerful sense of place. Although the England described here is long gone, it becomes as immediate as a nightmare or a dream that you have just awakened from.
For a book about moral questions, Great Expectations also abounds in action. The scenes involving Pip and Magwitch are especially notable for way action expresses character and thought.
Great Expectations also reeks of irony, something that is seldom noticed in more modern novels. Overstatements are created to draw the irony out into the open, where it is unmistakable. Yet the overstatements attract, rather than repel. The overstatements are like the theatrical make up which makes actors and actresses look strange in the dressing room, but more real on the stage when seen from the audience.
At the same time, the plot is deliciously complex in establishing and solving mysteries before that genre had been born. As you read Great Expectations, raise your expectations to assume that you will receive answers to any dangling details. By reading the book this way, you will appreciate the craft that Mr. Dickens employed much more.Read more ›
The plotting is tight, hinging around a misconception by Pip regarding the nature of his mysterious benefactor, and though it stretches credulity with it's reliance on unlikely coincidences, and the constant back and forth between London and Pips rural home village become rather tiresome towards the end, the strength of the characters keep this novel alive. Every character of importance is vivid and compelling, from Pip's simple-minded but good-hearted father-figure Joe; the mean-spirited Miss Haversham, who sits amongst the rotted remains of her aborted wedding-day and plots against love itself; her cold and mysterious ward Estella, who has been nurtured into a loveless creature that Pip is sure he can save - it is through the characters that this book shines.Read more ›
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The true test of any novel must be whether or not it engages the reader, causes the reader to invest in the characters and, at the end, leaves the reader either happier or sadder... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by RedundantPhoto
Classics are infinitely re-readable, it takes you back to a more innocent, less technical era that we are now amongst . Enjoy.Published 3 days ago by Szal
Bought for grand daughter doing A level studies. Book in good order, everything fine, thank ou.Published 6 days ago by Christine Horton
This was the novel I had to plough through for my secondary education - on that basis you might think I did not enjoy it. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mr Martin Marais