Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

great_expectations_240x317From AudioFile magazine:
This classic about young Pip’s aspirations to become a gentleman and wed Estella and fate’s different designs for him is familiar to many as a television drama and a movie. Simon Vance brings a whole new dimension to the story as he imbues each character with a unique voice, and with exquisite diction provides listeners with a totally new experience. Every detail, every nuance is accorded importance, and lines, even paragraphs, that might have been skipped when reading the book to oneself, or omitted entirely in film, are given their due in this performance. Vance takes the work of the great writer and delivers it to listeners with a full cast of authentic characters and terrific attention to the writing itself. S.S.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2009 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2008

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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2 Responses to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

  1. James C January 10, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    I resisted Dickens as a high school student. Great Expectations was the first one I assigned to read, however I’m sure I tried to get by on the Cliff Notes alone as I was not a good reader. It was my loss. Once I began listening to your excellent recording of this wonderful book, I was instantly drawn in and captivated from start to finish. I am now listening to Nicholas Nickleby, although it is quite a different animal. So far, it has not grabbed me but other books I have enjoyed also began without an immediate grip. Thanks for your excellent work!

    • Simon January 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank you so much, James. Always good to know the work is appreciated (of course, it’s such great material to begin with).

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