Great Expectations

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
Editor Monica Kulling

Random House Children's Books | November 19, 1996 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a review
Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith’s apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip’s dreams come true. Pip’s lonely life is about to change forever. Will his great expectations be realized? Or will he learn that money and power are worthless without love and friendship?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.55 × 5.2 × 0.25 in

Published: November 19, 1996

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679874666

ISBN - 13: 9780679874669

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

save 5%

  • In stock online

$5.99  ea

$5.99 List Price

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Depressing hilarity. Often bleak, but quite hilarious at the same time. Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations is something that everyone has to at least try to read. There is a lot going on in this book. Duality, character development, commentary on class division, ambition, and a good deal of heart break. Welcome to England.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read This book was really a lot of fun to read. Dickens is such an animated writer and he includes a bunch of characters here that are unforgettable. You really don't see the twist coming, and when it does, it wrenches your insides on so many levels. My sympathies found themselves moving all over the board until the very end. Dickens criticizes society in such a unique, timeless way that still resonates as strongly today as it did in 1861.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It has no narrator. There is no narrator. The "dramatisation" is dialogue only. This is NOT the full audio book. It would be nice if it said so in the description, as "dramatisation" by itself does NOT indicate the lack of narration. I'm peeved.
Date published: 2009-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As the others Dickens' books, this one is outstanding An outstanding book that I read this year was Great Expectations. This was a wonderful classic written by the magnificent author Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens wrote a book that truly captivated the power of human love. He showed us that life can be very difficult, and you have to work very hard in order for you to succeed. In the beginning of the book, a character named Pip lived on a forge near some marshes in England. His family was generally poor. He lived with his older sister and her husband named Joe. Joe was a fairly poor blacksmith. One day, Pip was walking on the marshes. Suddenly, a strange man came up to Pip and threatened him. The strange man was a convict who was put to die on the marshes. He was handcuffed and chained. He told Pip that he would kill him if he didn't bring him a steel file and something to eat. Pip then ran back to the forge and brought the convict a steel file and some food. This vivid occurrence haunted Pip for the rest of his life. After the incident on the marshes, Pip met a lady named Miss Havesham. Miss Havesham was a very weird lady. She always wore her wedding dress in her house. She never left her house. Miss Havesham had a very beautiful adopted daughter named Estella. She was an arrogant woman. While looking at her, Pip fell in love with Estella. One day, a mysterious man came to Joe's forge. This man was sent by a secret benefactor who was residing in London. The man didn't give his name. He told Pip and Joe that someone in London was requesting him. The secret benefactor wanted Pip to come to London so that he could become a gentleman. Pip was very excited when he heard that he could work in London. Pip and Joe agreed upon the proposal. Later in that same week, Pip left Joe's forge to travel to London. There he could be a gentleman with a bright and bold future. While in London, Pip encountered many strange mysteries. Pip finally met his secret benefactor. Read the book to find out who the secret benefactor was... Overall, Great Expectations was an outstanding book. It really captivated the vast stretches of life. Great Expectations really made me feel quite sad. I felt very sorry for Pip. He had a very difficult life. He had change his personality forever once he became a gentleman. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading classics. I have read other excellent books by the wonderful author Charles Dickens. I have read Oliver Twist and The Christmas Carol. They were also excellent books.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passed my expectations Great expectaitons is a book that combines all the elements of literary composition to make a truly enjaging novel. Through the journey of Pip, the reader is drawn into a vast expansive story full of literary devices which, explores universal themes that like Pips expansive taste are always in "style".
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic love story with pain, suffuring and grea This novel had so many intertwining aspects that it shocks you the more you read of it. The character is so naive and trusting that you feel his pain, his joy, and his achievements as he does. Dickens does not leave anything to be desired in this novel, the characters were so well developed it gave you a sense of being a part of the story but left me somewhat unsatisfied with the ending. The entire novel was fantastic but the ending left something to be desired.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written One of my favourite Dickens. The language is difficult, but not that difficult, and is certain to open your eyes to good literature. A fantastic read, but of course, that was expected.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST book ever. Why this book isn't being taught in every high school and university literature class is beyond me. This is a true masterpeice of literature! Funny, tense, thoughtful...the book is great for MANY reasons. Yes...it was written over 100 years ago and some of the language is a little hard (not very though...it was considered a children's novel) but it is well worth the time to read.
Date published: 2006-05-31

– More About This Product –

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
Editor Monica Kulling

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.55 × 5.2 × 0.25 in

Published: November 19, 1996

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679874666

ISBN - 13: 9780679874669

Read from the Book

Chapter I.My father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, myinfant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit thanPip. 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 tombstoneand my sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never sawmy father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (fortheir days were long before the days of photographs), my first fanciesregarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from theirtombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd ideathat he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From thecharacter and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above,"I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. Tofive little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which werearranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory offive little brothers of mine – who gave up trying to get a living exceedinglyearly in that universal struggle – I am indebted for a belief I religiouslyentertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands intheir trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state ofexistence.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 theidentity of things, seems to me to have bee
read more read less

From the Publisher

Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith’s apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip’s dreams come true. Pip’s lonely life is about to change forever. Will his great expectations be realized? Or will he learn that money and power are worthless without love and friendship?

From the Jacket

Expect great adventures for seven-year-old Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who dreams of a better life. Can a dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help him turn his rags to riches? With a rich cast of characters and more plot twists than the most tangled video game, this lively, easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic is sure to capture the imaginations of young and reluctant readers.

About the Author

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) was a leading playwright of the twentieth century. His plays include Man and Superman (1905), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1913), and Saint Joan (1923).

From Our Editors

Expect great adventures for seven-year-old Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who dreams of a better life. Can a dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help him turn his rags to riches? This easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic is sure to capture the imaginations of young and reluctant readers

Editorial Reviews

"No story in the first person was ever better told."

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8