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Great Expectations: Audio CD / Edition 1

Great Expectations: Audio CD / Edition 1

by Charles DickensCharles Dickens
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Great Expectations follows the life of the orphan, Pip. We first meet him as a tiny, terrified child in a village churchyard. Years later, through the help of an anonymous benefactor, Pip will travel to London, full of expectations to become a gentleman. But his life is already inextricably tangled in a mystery that surrounds a beautiful woman, an embittered recluse, and an ambitious lawyer.

Great Expectations is both a finely crafted novel and an acute examination of Victorian society. Filled with unforgettable settings and characters, it achieves greater dramatic richness through Frank Muller's masterful narration. Dickens supplied two endings to this great work. Both are included in the recording.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781424005833
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Fashion illustrator Sara Singh's art has appeared in such publications as Vogue, the New York Times, and House Beautiful, and she has worked for designers like Givenchy, Tiffany, and Neiman Marcus.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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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.

Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.

"Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. "Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!"

A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.

"Oh! Don't cut my throat, sir," I pleaded in terror. "Pray don't do it, sir."

"Tell us your name!" said the man. "Quick!"

"Pip, sir."

"Once more," said the man, staring at me. "Give it mouth!"

Table of Contents

Chronology of Charles Dickens's Life and Workxv
Historical Context of Great Expectationsxvii
Great Expectations1
The Original Ending of Great Expectations599
Interpretive Notes614
Critical Excerpts621
Questions for Discussion631
Suggestions for the Interested Reader633

What People are Saying About This

George Gissing

Observe how finely the narrative is kept in one key. It begins with a mournful impession—the foggy marshes spreading drearily by the seaward Thames—and throughout recurs this effect of cold and damp and dreariness; in that kind Dickens never did anything so good.... No story in the first person was ever better told.

John Irving

Great Expectations is the first novel I read that made me wish I had written it; it is the novel that made me want to be a novelist—specifically, to move a reader as I was moved then. I believe that Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language; at the same time, it never deviates from its intention to move you to laugher and tears.

Reading Group Guide

Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations between his terrifying experience in a graveyard with a convict named Magwitch and his humiliating visits with the eccentric Miss Havisham's beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, who torments him until he is elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters, Great Expectations is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can't buy. Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language, according to John Irving, and J. Hillis Miller declares, Great Expectations is the most unified and concentrated expression of Dickens's abiding sense of the world, and Pip might be called the archetypal Dickens hero.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "free" book begins with chapter 30. I assume there are at least two other volumes to this book, but I do not know how to find them as there are no distinguishing notations in the title advising you that this is a later volume, and none of the other versions advise you that they are the earlier verision. A rotten trick. What good is part 3? At least give us part one which would tempt us in and leave us wanting to PURCHASE the real book to finish it. THIS is pointless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pages were badly scanned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many errors
Jennifer Kirila More than 1 year ago
I actually love this book and was excited to find it for free. Unfortunately, the book is so riddled with typographical errors and strange characters that it's virtually impossible to read. I'm going to go hunt around for one that is error free, even if I have to pay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has too many typos and this is very confusing. The book itself was great but it is missing chapters. IT DOES NOT EVEN START AT THE FIRST CHAPTER!!! Someone should really make this clear and typo-less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite dismayed to discover that this edition starts at chapter thirty. Neddless to say I am glad I did not pay anything for it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is epic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.
SarcasticCynic More than 1 year ago
Seriously, I would rather scoop my eye out with a rusty spoon than read this again. Personally I find Dickens' writing style boring and verbose. Save yourself the agony and read the cliff notes.
bleached on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is clear why this novel is a classic. The poor struggle of Pip is a sad but insightful tale about love, wealth, and friendship.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Dickens I have read/listened to. I actually decided to listen to it because of love Miss Havisham's character from the Jasper Fforde Thursday Next series. Overall, I enjoyed the story of Pip and his rise and fall from Great Expectations.
laudemgloriae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book when I read it as a Freshman. The characters and the plot are fascinating, and as the main character develops his priorities with all of the expectations that society places on him, one really thinks hard about what a 'gentleman' is essentially.
mtinsley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For years, I have been in conversations with people who aren't English majors, who don't read that often, and can still reference this novel. Previously, I haven't had a clue what they meant, but now, I can really see how much this novel has affected society. I can also tell you first hand that it is a perfect representation of society now, even though it was written as long ago as it was. I know quite a few people who I could relate to Estella, Pip, Havisham, and even Jaggers. Now, I can take part in, and understand when these names come up in conversation in relation to real people. It is one of those things that helps make the story entertaining and believable. Verisimilitude is key in any novel, because it keeps people interested. I started replacing the characters in the novel with people I actually knew, because they fit to the character so well. I think that if they knew that, they might be slightly angry, but it helped me enjoy the book a lot more than I otherwise would have. I like being able to relate things I read to real life. With this, I can. Charles Dickens might as well have had a pen and paper and traveled with me throughout my life. The same story would have been exactly the same for most parts, just in a different age, and new names for the characters. I did enjoy this book, and I'd seriously recommend it. If for nothing else, so that you can make sophisticated jokes to people that they will never understand unless they themselves have read this fantastic piece of literature.
kkossol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an exciting story! This book seems to be one that everyone will love, no matter what type of books you enjoy reading. There is action: Pip has an encounter with a convict in the marshes near his house one day. The convict asks Pip to bring him some food, and a file. After Pip does this for him, the convict (Abel Magwitch) swears to himself that he will help Pip throughout his life. Magwitch, who is later called "Uncle Provis" to hide his real identity, pays for Pip to go to London to become a gentleman. There is also some adventures in the story: for example, Pip's adventure to London. Also when he is trying to sneak Magwitch back to his boat. And of course, its a love story too. Pip falls in love with Estella, the adopted daughter of a rich old woman who is bitter because she got stood up 20 years ago on her wedding day. Miss Havisham (the rich old woman) has "trained" Estella to break the hearts of every man she meets. Poor Pip is the victim of Estella's heartlessness. Overall the book is very good and not hard to read at all. It is an enjoyable book despite its length.
storian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this version. It captured the drama of the story and the flavor of the narrative without excessive digressions
adzebill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is it just me, or did the moral redemption in the story really hinge on two implausible coincidences (Estella's father, Havisham¿s betrayer)?
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second Dickens book I have read after starting with a tale I did not know at all - Two Cities. Although I knew the story of Great Expectations from seeing varioous tv adaptations I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Dickens writes this one in the first person and you really get into Pip's mind throughout. Yes the main characters are interesting but the real fascination for me was the more minor characters such as the Aged, Orlick, Wemmick and Pumblechook. There are a few passages that are hard to follow as they mention particular things that I canot understand from that time but this does not detract from a fascinating novel about deception, false hopes and the tiny betrayals we all commit throughout our lives. Even though I knew the twists I was still hooked but just slighlty disappointed with the very last chapter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's very British and written in older English phrasing. It's an interesting story, but the pacing is quite slow in some parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nnnns amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lean on his shoulder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in wearing a black tee d black ripped skinny jeans. Holding pierces hand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next res
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Scanned text. So many errors that it is completely unreadable.