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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Blackstone Audio | November 1, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

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One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming-of-age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

Raised by a humble blacksmith, Pip is recruited by the wealthy Miss Havisham to be a companion to her ward, the cold but beautiful Estella. There, Pip learns to despise his rough origins as Estella torments him about his low prospects. When Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, he sets off to London to realize his “great expectations.” But true gentleman stature, he will find, is a matter of character, not fortune.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: November 1, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455122904

ISBN - 13: 9781455122905

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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: November 1, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455122904

ISBN - 13: 9781455122905

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Informed as a youth that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, the orphan Pip forsakes his humble friends to realize his "great expectations" as a gentleman in London. But he finds true gentleman stature is a matter of character, not fortune.

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One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming-of-age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

Raised by a humble blacksmith, Pip is recruited by the wealthy Miss Havisham to be a companion to her ward, the cold but beautiful Estella. There, Pip learns to despise his rough origins as Estella torments him about his low prospects. When Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, he sets off to London to realize his “great expectations.” But true gentleman stature, he will find, is a matter of character, not fortune.

About the Author

CHARLES DICKENS (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.

Editorial Reviews

“Observe how finely the narrative is kept in one key. It begins with a mournful impression—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.”—George Gissing, English novelist

“Altogether we take great joy in recording our conviction that Great Expectations is a masterpiece…In our opinion, Great Expectations is a work which proves that we may expect from Dickens a series of romances far exceeding in power and artistic skill the productions which have already given him such a preeminence among the novelists of the age.”—Atlantic

“Considered by many to be Dickens’ greatest work, this is a timeless story where vindictiveness and guilt clash with love and gratitude. Enriched by a cast of unforgettable characters, from the orphan Pip to the convict Magwitch and the bitter Miss Haversham.”—Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“Unlike many nineteenth-century novels that rely upon the stale plot device of a surprise legacy to enrich the fortunate protagonists, Great Expectations probes deeply into the ethical and psychological dangers of advancing through the class system by means of wealth acquired from the toil of others.”—Masterpieces of World Literature

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