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Thackeray's prose doesn't always come across easily in narration; his sentences can twist and turn leaving the listener rather unsure of where he started. But, overall, the narrator does an incredible job with the book. Davidson has a distinct voice for each character, and some of them are brilliant. He captures Thackeray's ironic and sarcastic tone wonderfully. I highly recommend this audio version, although the experience can be improved at times by having a copy of the book at hand, to read along through some of the more intricate bits of prose.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Davidson is a brilliant narrator. He is easy to listen to and renders the characters extremely well. I can still hear Rawdon Crawley's voice as if I am again listening to the book, when I observe things that pertain to his character's viewpoint on life, it was so well done.
Davidson appears to understand Thackeray's world view quite profoundly, as reflected in the excellent drama with which he reads each character.
The book is spellbinding and I am only sorry it was only 31 hours. I could have listened to much more.
I highly recommend this version of Vanity Fair.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Vanity Fair is a terrific read. Despite being very long the story bowls along a a great pace and one never loses interest in the many characters, which are drawn with great wit, affection where merited but without any gushing sentimentality. The style of the book lends itself perfectly to being read out loud, and Frederick Davidson's amused and ironic tone, and his perfectly paced and articulate delivery, greatly adds to the listening pleasure. I was sorry when the book ended and I am sure I will listen to it again. Very strongly recommended.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
A wonderful listening experience. Very different from other novels written by Victorians. Thackeray was a genius well acquainted with the psychologies portrayed in his characters. It really tells us something about the human condition and not only from the perspective of Georgian Britain; it also echoes present day England in some ways. I really enjoyed the narration too. A great story. Please do take a chance and listen to it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful