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Publisher's Summary

Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: "I think I could become a good woman, if I had £5,000 a year."
Thackeray’s story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost - and Amelia is back to square one - while Becky rises with contemptuous ease.
Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By hannah on 01-29-14

OUTSTANDIN!!!! EVERY MOMENT A JOY TO LISTEN TO!

What did you love best about Vanity Fair?

The narration is fabulous. Although it is a long classic,Georgina Sutton presented it in such a charming way that there was not a single moment of boredom.She perfectly took on the voices of the different characters and made them sound pleasantly authentic and genuine.The story-line itself is well-known and no wonder it is a classic.One of the world's favourite books ever written,-according to BBC's Goodreads List.Deservedly so.Every minute of listening to this novel was a pleasure .The author's wisdom and sympathetic insight to human nature is just as valid today as it was centuries ago.It actually had me in tears.A rare occurance with listening to audio-books.Would recommend it to every one,any time.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By SLB on 06-07-14

My favorite novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Vanity Fair to be better than the print version?

Thackeray's **Vanity Fair** is my favorite novel, and I reread it every couple of years. I'm enjoying listening this time. Immersion Reading is turning out to be wonderful for the way I process: visual PLUS auditory!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vanity Fair?

**Vanity Fair** is chocked full of wonderful moments! Tackeray's insight into people and society, his gentle jabs and sarcasm, are wonderful. He is keenly honest about their failings, yet you don't get the feeling that he despises people for their weaknesses. He tells the story almost as if he is a fond old uncle, slightly detached, amused at the foibles of, but still having affection for, his characters.

Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favorite?

Sadly, I considered the characterizations the weakest part of the audiobook. In pure narration, Sutton's voice is pleasant and appropriate. Some of her characterizations, such as Sir Pitt Crawly, are good, but in general I didn't like them. They didn't match the voices in my head as I imagined the characters. It distracted me a bit, which is why I gave Performance only 4 stars, while Story got 5.

Any additional comments?

**Vanity Fair** is a very long novel, written in serialization. Thackeray 's style is common for the time. Sentences are complex and very long, florid and decorative. I adore it. He's THE master of the form. There is a lightness in his tone, even when your emotions are being tugged a bit. I heartily recommend it for those with a feeling for 19th century literature.

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

Try it!

If you could sum up Vanity Fair in three words, what would they be?

I had read Vanity Fair and had watched the film and television series, but until I listened to this reading, I had never really understood, how funny & 'tongue in cheek' it was!

Just be careful to choose the right reader. I chose one & within minutes couldn't cope with the voice although I had heard them reading other things. It just didn't feel right. Glad that Audible swapped it & that I persevered!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mim C. on 03-15-18

A surprisingly modern novel.

If you could sum up Vanity Fair in three words, what would they be?

Incisive, funny, moving.

What did you like best about this story?

Becky Sharp is a wonderful creation. She's a shameless survivor and improviser in an era of modesty, blushes and bonnets.

Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favourite?

Georgina Sutton is brilliant as all the characters- both men and women. Her Joss Sedley is particularly funny.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, cry and gasp.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to a number of Audible books but Georgina Sutton's performance in this thirty-two hour listen is the most impressive that I've come across so far.

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