Moll Flanders

  • by Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the earliest novels in English, Moll Flanders is the purported autobiography of a heroine who is undoubtedly one of the most lively, convincing, and delightful rogues in literature. Born in Newgate Prison and orphaned soon after, Moll is provided with no opportunities in life, yet she is propelled by an unrelenting drive to overcome her background of impoverishment. Donning whatever mask suits her best in the moment, she appraises theft, prostitution, and bigamy only in terms of their profit potential. From her birth to her final position of wealth, Moll Flanders demonstrates a spirit of industry and an indomitable will.
Praised by Virginia Woolf as one of the "few English novels which we can call indisputably great", Moll Flanders is a work of genius which represents an important step in the evolution of the novel.

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What the Critics Say

"Defoe's excellence is to make me forget my specific class, character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him into the universal man." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

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Customer Reviews

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Love the accent

Excellent reading, easy to listen to and differentiate the characters. While I am no expert on English accents, Moll Flanders' accent seems appropriate, and I loved listening to it.
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- Adrienne

Awesome

This is easily my favorite book to listen to on tape, as well as my favorite book I've never read. I've listened to it probably 5 times since I first heard it as a child and it still makes me laugh, smile, occasionally shed a tear, and frequently say "what the hell Moll!" Nadia May gives an excellent performance as Mrs. Flanders and the novel is one of the best in the English language canon. Funny, smart, and a fascinating look at life in times long past.
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- Christine Kenngott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.