Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

  • by Samuel Richardson
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett, Full Cast
  • 21 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, published in 1740, tells the story of a young woman's resistance to the desires of her predatory master. Pamela is determined to protect her virginity and remain a paragon of virtue; however, the heroine's moral principles only strengthen the resolve of Mr. B and Pamela soon finds herself imprisoned against her will. The young woman's affection for her captor gradually grows and she becomes aware of a love that combines eros and agape.
Richardson's classic novel created a sensation upon its publication: the novel's radical departure from the traditional comic plot violated convention and its portrayal of a young female servant daring to assert herself proved to be even more controversial. Clare Corbett and cast read from the original, unrevised text that left an indelible mark on the conscience of an entire nation.


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Six hours too long

I love classic books, but I had a rough time with Pamela. I've always wanted to read it, and I'm ultimately glad I slogged through. However, be prepared for it to go on, and on, and on. The plot leaves something to be desired.

The modern woman revolts at Pamela's big "reward." Therefore, you'll have to try hard to appreciate this book in it's historical context.

I highly recommend reading Shamela by Henry Fielding for dessert!
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- Johanna ""I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen"

Interesting but not exciting

The reader does a good job to make a rather repetitive text engaging. The text itself is interesting from a historical perspective but not much else
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- jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks