The Vicar of Wakefield

  • by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Narrated by Nicholas Farrell
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1766 and a perennial favorite since then, The Vicar of Wakefield is built around the naïve but loveable figure of Dr Primrose. He and his family live in rural bliss until disaster threatens to destroy their happiness: abduction, impoverishment, and betrayal combine to lay them low, but a surprising figure brings hope when all seems lost.
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Excellant Audiobook

This is an unexpected treat. Was not too sure if I should buy it, now very glad I did. I like stories of the past, anything from 12th C to 19th C. They give you a sense of how people thought, morals, & society in general.

Too many areas of the story to pin down to one specific moment. So much of interest happening in this.

Nicholas Farrell's calm melodious narration is why this book works for me. He takes you through the story in a good clear voice , with enough variation in tone to smoothly keep you interested to the very end.
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Genuine feel good story

BEWARE plot spoilers.

This book is at times very funny, and at others very sad. The titular Vicar and his family descend from good standing and wealth, to near poverty. They lose their children's reputations to wicked seducers, other children to death, nearly all perish when their house is burned to the ground, get swindled regularly by tricksters, and end up in a debtors prison. However at the end, all is restored, and more, with even a dead child coming back to life! The vicar 'narrates' the book, so all opinions are given via him, showing his thoughts about his wife, his situation etc with a slightly skewed but funny view point. One sentence which made me laugh out loud - when they want to get rid of a guest they don't like "I ever took care to lend him a riding coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes an horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them." It may be the way Nicholas Farrell narrates.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2014
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks