An Apple Books Classic edition.
Charles Dickens’ classic explores potent themes like good versus evil, crime, repentance, love and betrayal. At the center of the story is Pip, an impoverished orphan who dreams of a better life. When a mysterious benefactor gifts Pip a substantial fortune, he’s rescued from a life of deprivation and abuse-and introduced to a memorable host of characters: the bizarre Miss Havisham, a wealthy heiress who was spurned at the altar; her cold, austere ward Estella, who eventually breaks Pip’s heart; and an escaped convict who teaches Pip that people aren’t always what they seem.
Dickens’ novel-which was originally serialized in a weekly newspaper-contains major plot twists at every turn, which accounts for its enduring popularity. It’s a gripping read and a thrilling portrait of Victorian England.
This beloved classic from Dickens follows the life and adventures of a six-year-old orphan named Pip as he makes his way and comes of age in 19th-century England. Simon Prebble turns in a solid performance in this audio edition, offering up a lush and resolutely dramatic reading and creating a panoply of unique voices and accents for the book's many characters. But while Prebble's performance is lavish, it fails to distinguish itself from the scores of previous audio productions of Dickens's novels. Still, his reading remains a pleasure and a well-orchestrated introduction to the world of Dickens one that could serve as a wonderful opportunity for both fans and those new to the author's work.
Great Expectations really delighted me with its plot twists and relatively easy style, given the time in which it was written. Although all characters but the protagonist are fairly two dimensional, everybody has a role to play and Dickens makes sure it is played perfectly. A wonderful read.
I liked the book a lot. But why did I only rate 4 stars if I loved it so much? Because at times it was challenging to follow. I got lost a couple times before I understood what was going on. But, the moral of the story was very good. There were some nice twists, a lot of love and loss, through better and through worse, and some well developed characters. As many have said, Charles Dickens is one of the best authors throughout time.
Simply a Work of Literary Art
This book is my very favorite book. I am now a college student and I first read this in high school every year I reread this book I get to a whole new level of understanding it. It is a classic tale that grows with a young person. You have to take in account the times of the book how each chapter is written is expressive of how the characters are feeling. This book dives deep into internal conflict, personal relations, self awareness and still holds up a rather ruthless love story of sorts. Anyone giving it horrible reviews simply didn't understand the characters, author, history or feelings that were put in to this book. I LOVE IT!!!