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Tantor Media, Inc. 2008
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Unabridged
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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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Street Date:
06/10/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781400126941
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William Makepeace Thackeray. (2008). Vanity Fair. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc.

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William Makepeace Thackeray. 2008. Vanity Fair. Tantor Media, Inc.

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William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair. Tantor Media, Inc, 2008.

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William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc, 2008.

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      • content: AUDIOFILE's Golden Voice Wanda McCaddon ignites Thackeray's classic with her apt rendition of the characters' wit, gentle sarcasm, irony, and na•veté. VANITY FAIR features two early-nineteenth-century heroines and their dizzying attempts to create their destinies. McCaddon's pitch and accents capture the subtle nuances of British culture, class, education, sex, age, and social status in the satirical panorama of upper-middle-class life and manners. While never approaching the biting edge of ridicule, McCaddon lends just the right modulation to alert the listener to Thackeray's sardonic intent. As Becky Sharp's station in society evolves, McCaddon clearly articulates the upper class's shallow values, duplicity, and hypocritical morals. Even the practical and mundane are cloaked in truths of human nature. An endearing classic. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Timothy West is the voice of Thackeray himself--author, storyteller, social critic. Crusty, witty and observant, he talks directly to the listener as he follows the lives of that ultimate social climber, Becky Sharp, and her contemporaries in early nineteenth-century England. We see the characters as caricatures through his eyes; we aren't allowed to get too close, so it's appropriate that they aren't individually portrayed in a vocal sense. The abridgment makes it difficult to keep track of minor players and some plot lines, but the essential flavor of Thackeray's satiric masterpiece is retained. This is another of the excellent Highbridge Classics series. J.B.G. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
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      • content: One of the great Regency novels is brought to life by British actor and narrator Robert Hardy. Filled with misfortune and betrayal, this classic work has no shortage of characters to keep you on your toes. Hardy is excellent at portraying the many personalities--ranging from the sentimental and witless Amelia Sedley to the manipulative and worldly Becky Sharp. The abridgment can feel choppy at times, but Hardy's exuberance keeps the listener on track. It's best to give this audio your undivided attention; otherwise, you may miss the many changes of scene. K.M.D. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Narrator Joel Froomkin cheerfully brings out the wit of this novel about class and circumstances. Forced by her limited resources to become a governess, Becky Sharp is not afraid to social climb, while her best friend, Emmy, seemingly lives to fulfill the whims of her family. Froomkin's bright tone and light British accent make it seem like he is having a great time sharing the story with listeners. His skill at creating individual voices for the characters and his expert timing make listening to this lengthy audiobook a joy. V.B. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine
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