Vanity Fair [Tantor]

  • by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 28 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A deliciously satirical attack on a money-mad society, Vanity Fair, which first appeared in 1847, is an immensely moral novel, and an immensely witty one. Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London. William Makepeace Thackeray's forte is the bon mot, and it is amply exercised in a novel filled with memorably wicked lines. Lengthy and leisurely in pace, the novel follows the adventures of Becky and Amelia as their fortunes rise and fall, creating a tale both picaresque and risque. Thackeray mercilessly skewers his society, especially the upper class, poking fun at their shallow values and pointedly jabbing at their hypocritical "morals". His weapons, however, are not fire and brimstone but an unerring eye for the absurd and a genius for observing the foibles of his age. An enduring classic, this great novel is a brilliant study in duplicity and hypocrisy - and a mirror with which to view our own times.


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Great book, well read

Great book, well read
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- Keith

Great book

What made the experience of listening to Vanity Fair the most enjoyable?


What did you like best about this story?

Mostly poking fun at everything. Loved the story telling, the characters, and the satirical view on life.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

Yes, very well read

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

well yes, but it is 30 hours long!

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- sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-07-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio