Vanity Fair

  • by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 29 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Radio 4 Book Club Selection. Now a major motion picture, Vanity Fair is one of the greatest of English novels, a vast satirical panorama of a materialistic society and a landmark in the history of realistic fiction.
Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Thackeray's subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and "dismal roguery" of an avaricious world resonates 150 years later with implications for our own times.


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an absorbing and very witty read

Vanity Fair is a terrific read. Despite being very long the story bowls along a a great pace and one never loses interest in the many characters, which are drawn with great wit, affection where merited but without any gushing sentimentality. The style of the book lends itself perfectly to being read out loud, and Frederick Davidson's amused and ironic tone, and his perfectly paced and articulate delivery, greatly adds to the listening pleasure. I was sorry when the book ended and I am sure I will listen to it again. Very strongly recommended.
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- Tom

Recommended by this listener.

A wonderful listening experience. Very different from other novels written by Victorians. Thackeray was a genius well acquainted with the psychologies portrayed in his characters. It really tells us something about the human condition and not only from the perspective of Georgian Britain; it also echoes present day England in some ways. I really enjoyed the narration too. A great story. Please do take a chance and listen to it.
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- Rod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-03-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.