Great Expectations


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.7 stars; 464 reviews)

This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith's apprentice and then learns that he has "great expectations" of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an "ice princess" whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip's hopes dissolve. (Summary by Mark F. Smith) (20 hr 26 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 12:42 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2 22:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3 12:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4 23:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 5 26:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 6 5:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 7 27:47 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 8 30:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 9 18:11 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 10 16:25 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 11 34:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 12 14:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 13 19:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 14 5:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 15 28:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 16 11:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 17 21:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 18 33:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 19 37:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 20 19:56 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 21 12:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 22 32:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 23 21:03 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 24 15:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 25 18:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 26 17:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 27 19:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 28 15:00 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 29 32:20 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 30 22:42 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 31 14:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 32 14:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 33 18:13 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 34 15:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 35 20:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 36 17:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 37 18:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 38 33:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 39 32:30 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 40 35:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 41 14:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 42 20:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 43 13:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 44 20:04 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 45 19:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 46 19:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 47 16:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 48 18:22 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 49 24:18 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 50 10:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 51 20:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 52 13:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 53 32:23 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 54 35:58 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 55 18:26 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 56 14:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 57 32:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 58 21:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 59 11:09 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

Made picturing the story at lot easier than reading

(5 stars)

Like most American Teenagers, I can't stand reading a novel for more than 5 minutes without dieing of boredom. However with this recording I found it much easier to understand the story and simply enjoyed it much more than if I had to read it! P.S. Got an A on my book report :D

Superb

(4.5 stars)

This is a great book, it has a good amount of humor, mixed with an interesting plot, and melancholy approaches to issues of the times. The recording itself is very well done, but not perfect. His voices are great (although Joe sounds a bit too similar to Goofy for me), but there are echoes in some of the tracks, and a mechanical scratching which can be a bit of a headache. Besides these flaws, it was a wonderful listen.

Great Expectations

(5 stars)

This reading is a great modern adaptation of this classic book. Mr. Mark Smith captures the essence of Pip, the innocent youth who matures throughout the book and becomes a much better person despite the obstacles in his path. He gains insight, kindness, a sense of justice, and a social conscience! All the while retaining his American English accent, which will attract American youth! Great job, Mr. Smith!

Perfectly voiced

(5 stars)

Mark does an amazing job reading this book. I listened to it twice back-to-back and loved every moment. I would love for Mark to read The Catcher In The Rye or The Chocolate War or the great Day Bradbury's poetic prose Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. None of those are in the public domain unfortunately. Keep reading, man

All around joyful book and listening experience

(5 stars)

I find it hard to believe I never read this book as a child and this was my first time doing so. This book captivated me and the narrator read it so well. I will recommend this book to anyone needing a good read. Also, mark Smith was such a charismatic and clear reader that im in search of my next book as we speak.... read by him off course :)

"Great Expectations" even after 30 years

(5 stars)

This was my favorite novel in High School, and I haven't read (or listened) to it since. I had great expectations as I started the first chapter, and the reader, Mark F. Smith, certainly didn't disappoint. He uses a very slight accent on his words so that the listener can understand without difficulty. His voice inflections made the characters come to life in my mind. I'm just glad there wasn't a quiz after each chapter!

Very well read

(5 stars)

I am in the situation that many high schoolers have been put through, as I have to read this for homework, but unfortunately I cant sit and read the book by myself. This audiobook has helped greatly so far, with great clarity and enunciation, gripping changes of tone and accent, and a warm, welcome narrative. I have greatly enjoyed listening to this book so far, and I reckon I will have listened to the full book by Monday (It is Thursday right now) Yet again, thank you for this recording.

great job

(5 stars)

This is a very long (but well written) novel. It is one that everyone should read at some point . And contrary to what other reviewers may say, it will not put any literate person to sleep. ( By ?the way, it's you're not your). Also ?the reader - whom I thank) did an awesome job capturing ?the dramatic personalities of Dickens's characters.