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.
Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-10-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Annie on 25-10-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 16-12-10

Well read, many accents, older recording

I know I must have missed a great many of the satirical jokes in Tom Jones, but I laughed out loud at enough of them to know that the more things change, the more things stay the same. Certainly, the diction and social mores at times make comprehension a challenge, but any confusing parts can easily be ignored and later clarified with a little further listening. This is also helpful if you find parts a little slow (a few parts of the first volume felt a bit slow to me); keep moving forward and there is plenty to enjoy.

I wasn't sure how I felt about reader Kenneth Danzinger at first, but he quickly grew on me. His various accents made it easy to follow who was speaking and were at often greatly amusing. If you enjoy classic literature and/or British literature, I would guess you'll enjoy this. I picked it after reviewing a list of "100 Novels Everyone Should Read" (Telegraph; Tom Jones was #28).

My only complaint is that the recording itself is not the best. The slightly lesser quality led me to listen to it quite loud at times, but overall, I've listened to much worse quality (and the sample is accurate to what I'm referring to, so if you don't notice it, so much the better).

I was sad it was over, so that is always the sign of a good listen!

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth Ann Orlansky on 28-01-12

Wonderful Narration Brought this Story to Life

I did not know that there were so many different English accents until I started listening to this book! Kenneth Danzinger gave each character a distinct voice, no matter how short or minor the "part". I also loved the story of a wayward, goodhearted young man finding his way into mature adulthood through his adventures, encounters and discoveries. The 36-odd hours fairly whizzed by. The story has ironic, sarcastic elements here and there, and Mr. Danzinger verbalized them perfectly, adding extra richness to the story. The pacing of the narration was perfect also. Sometimes, though, the narrator spoke a little too softly with certain characters, so you may need to crank up the sound a bit. Also if you are able to get a physical copy of the book to follow along, preferably one with a glossary at the end like the Oxford Edition, do so, since there are a number of archaic and obscure terms you probably will not understand. Also, certain words such as "condescend" were used in different ways and meant different things in 1739 when the book was written than they mean now, and the Oxford Edition explains that as well. What could have seemed very dry and boring in print positively came to life in this beautiful narration. Highly recommended.

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