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Great Expectations

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith’s apprentice and then learns that he has “great expectations” of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an “ice princess” whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip’s hopes dissolve.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS [1867 Edition] by Charles Dickens Chapter I My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip. I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine, who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle, I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 22, 2013
The narrator is most impressive. I appreciate the effort he puts into giving distinctive voice to each character!
Reviewer: - June 19, 2013
Great introduction to Dickens - would never have gotten through this book without the audio! Many thanks for the time spent narrating.
Reviewer: - June 14, 2013
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I loved this book, and the narrator. Thanks for narrating it, and giving me the pleasure to here it.
June 13, 2013
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Reviewer: - May 23, 2013
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Reviewer: - May 23, 2013
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I loved the narration!
Reviewer: - May 18, 2013
The narrator's tone and pitch sound nice to me, but I wish it was read in British English because it's England where the story happens.
Reviewer: - April 13, 2013
I truely enjoyed this book.
Reviewer: - March 25, 2013
Good story, wonderful narration!


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