The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • by Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by Kenneth Danzinger
  • 35 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.
Against the vivid background of 18th-century London, Tom encounters passion, corruption, danger, and intrigue before finally claiming his fortune, legitimacy, and true love. Fielding’s bawdy, colorful, high-spirited novel paints human vices and virtues with unprecedented honesty and good humor, making Tom Jones as fresh and entertaining today as it was 200 years ago.

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What the Critics Say

“Tom Jones…has been admired by many readers as the most meticulously crafted book of its type. With neoclassic objectivity, humor, and fine psychological delicacy, Fielding dissects the motives of his characters to reveal universal truths about human nature.” (Masterpieces of World Literature)
“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century." (Kingsley Amis)

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if school ruined it for you..

What does Kenneth Danzinger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

try again with this incomparable reading from Kenneth Danzinger who wonderful characterisations bring excitement, fun, humour and life to this story.


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- Amazon Customer

Very entertaining!

If you could sum up The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling in three words, what would they be?

I had read this before & had watched the book in film form. Thanks to such a great reading, I found new pleasure and didn't spend my time becoming exasperated by Tom. Indeed, he had found a small place in my heart. As in another review, I suggest that you choose your reader, carefully.


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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-03-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.