Great Expectations

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Dickens

Narrated By: Hugh Laurie

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2005

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes


Standing as one of the most revered works in all of English literature, Great Expectations traces the development of Philip Pirrip, called Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations to a man of depth and character. Pip is reared by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. In his youth he is influenced by the eccentric Miss Havisham, who was jilted on her wedding night and who has brought up her adopted niece Estella to hate men. As a young man, Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor has provided money for his education and expects to make him his heir. Forsaking his humbler friends-particularly the faithful Joe-he sets off to London with the firm intention of becoming a gentleman and realizing his "great expectations."

Dickens's mastery of caricature-projecting the richness of life and giving depth to the atmosphere in which the events take place-is never more evident than in this masterwork. Nor is the theme of false pride presented more clearly anywhere else. The desire of Pip to improve himself is gratified by the advent of his "great expectations," but this leads him to snobbishness. Only when his fortune changes is he able to obtain stature.


  • Alicia Kraynak

    Enjoyed reading this abridged version of a timeless classic. Dickens is a literary genius and this book is yet another example of why his books are at the top of my list.

  • Seaweed

    Absolutely loved the story and absolutely adored the narrator! His many different voices lent so much to this story. Every disc was a pleasure to listen to.