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Novel by Charles Dickens, first published serially in All the Year Round in 1860-61 and issued in book form in 1861. The novel was one of its author's greatest critical and popular successes. The first-person narrative relates the coming-of-age of Pip (Philip Pirrip). Reared in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery, the young Pip one day helps a convict to escape. Later he is sent to live with Miss Havisham, a woman driven half-mad years earlier by her lover's departure on their wedding day. Her other ward is the orphaned Estella, whom she is teaching to torment men with her beauty. Pip, at first cautious, later falls in love with Estella, to his misfortune. When an anonymous benefactor makes it possible for Pip to go to London for an education, he credits Miss Havisham. He begins to look down on his humble roots, but nonetheless Estella spurns him again and marries instead the ill-tempered Bentley Drummle. Pip's benefactor turns out to have been Abel Magwitch, the convict he once aided, who dies awaiting trial after Pip is unable to help him a second time. Joe rescues Pip from despair and nurses him back to health. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is the most popular and, many believe, the greatest English author. He wrote many classic novels, including David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol. Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities are available from Brilliance Audio.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (November 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613823045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613823040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,440,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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True classics, in my opinion, can be read again and again with the same great reading pleasure as the original reading. Time, culture, political and other worldly changes have no power to diminish. This is one of those true classics.
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The DK series of classics are great! I purchased a number of them to introduce my teen to the novels that I love and the interesting facts in the books--plus pics/illustrations are just what she needs to stay interested in the media/digital age.
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I am very happy I got to cross this off of my books to read list. Quite amazing and I feel everyone has a little bit of Pip in them! I am a very picky and impatient reader unless I get hooked within the first couple pages which this surely did with the seemingly crazy prisoner scene!! Give it a go!
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Great Rendition of this classic tale. The pictures come through with clarity. It is better as a read aloud as the syntax is a little antiquated. Having the default dictionary set to an English version is a great help. The kindle allows for very quick vocabulary checks in the middle of the reading. I highly recommend this version.
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By DaJet on September 6, 2012
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Well written and the drawings are wonderful. The story itself is well written and put in a time period which was a difficult time for children who didn't have much finances or many options to obtain employment they would enjoy. the thoughts through the boys eyes are amazing after all the situations he gets into. even a little trouble could be a really big deal back then.
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By R.S on December 19, 2012
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Great story written by a great author! No complaints!
The way he described the boy's thoughts, the way he described the environment, etc, so attracting.
BTW, there are indeed pictures in the book.
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Of course, this is a wonderful book, but it is brought to life by the BBC audiobook. I don't know the reader/actor's name, but he is a master at providing individual, dynamic voices for every character - voices with personalities that match the character, as well. It added so much to the enjoyment when compared to other audiobooks read by lesser actors. A MASTERPIECE!
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It is always refreshing to good back to books of another time - it gives a different perspective.

Style and plot - how they differ from today. It's more about the people - the technology is not front and centre.
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