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Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

Lu par : John Castle
Durée : 31 h et 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)
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Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The audiobook revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets.

A story of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory Pilgrim's Progress.

Receiving popular and critical success on first publication, the novel is considered Thackeray's masterpiece, and this satire of society is as relevant now as when it first appeared. In 2003, Vanity Fair was listed at Number 122 on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's best-loved books.

Thackeray was born in Calcutta in 1811. After his father's death, he was sent to be educated in England at five years old, while is mother remarried in India. The canings and abuses he received in private boarding schools formed a basis for some of his work as did the culture of Anglo-Indians which also featured prominently.

Narrator Biography

After training at RADA, John's professional career began in 1964 at the Regent's Park Theatre.

Film credits include Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up, The Lion in Winter, Man of La Mancha, King David, Antony and Cleopatra, Robocop 2 and The Sparrow. Theatre credits include Bloody Sunday (The Tricycle Theatre), Claudius in Hamlet (National Theatre), Rat in the Skull (Duke of York's Theatre), End Game (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (London Shakespeare Group), Infidelities (The Boulevard Theatre), and Breaking the Code (The Comedy Theatre). Television credits include Tracate Middoth, The Fixer, Spooks, Poirot, Silent Witness, The Holocaust on Trial, Casualty, Princes in the Tower, Gods and Generals, Fight Against Slavery, Ben Hall, I, Claudius, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Lillie.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Narrator adds bonus dimension

John Castle makes all of Vanity Fair's characters come alive: good, bad, and everything in between.
His voice also adds just the right touch of humor and scepticism to make it all believable and keep it interesting. An incredible performance.
Vanity Fair is a long, long story, but I am sad "our play is played out".

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Constance
  • 03/02/2011

A book that was meant to be read aloud!

The narrator for this book was born to give us the beauty of the spoken words of Thackeray. There is no better way to follow the escapades of the characters of Vanity Fair!

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  • James Abraham
  • 18/05/2013

The Best Narration, One of the Greats

I agree with the reviewer who said that John Castle was born to narrate this book. I don't think his performance can be bettered. I had no idea that Vanity Fair was so good, or that Thackeray was such an interesting writer. It's hard to be in Dicken's shadow, I suppose. This was a great buy.

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  • laurie
  • 12/02/2012

Fun Book, Incredible Narrator

This classic is wonderfully written--insightful and extremely funny and entertaining. If all narrators could be as fabulous as John Castle, how happy I would be. He's a true actor who gives the characters their own voices, and his accents are spot on. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alicia Czechowski
  • 11/12/2010

Becky, the great "bad girl" of English literature

In spite of the slow second half, Vanity Fair's Becky Sharpe still stands as a model for the anti-heroine.
Thackeray is a bit heavy handed in the latter part of the novel where he must have felt compelled to moralize and show a more degenerate side of Becky, done at the expense of sublimating the highly entertaining malice of her behavior. The "nice" folks grow rather boring in contrast to Becky.
But Vanity Fair was a shot heard round the world. Trollope and Mrs. Gaskell were friends and admirers of Thackeray and must have been influenced in some of their character depictions by his portrayal of the charming and ruthless Becky.

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  • Jefferson
  • 07/03/2012

It's All Entertaining Vanity

The characters who populate Thackery's Vanity Fair (1848), set in England and Europe during and after the Napoleonic Wars, are a cast of decadent lords, pious snobs, pedantic teachers, sycophantic schemers, hedonistic spinsters, tyrannical fathers, imperious brats, philandering generals, gambling rakes, gossiping servants, false friends, faithful toadies, and many more. Unlike in Dickens, there is no perfect person. Thackery plays his "puppets" through scenes that are comical, appalling, suspenseful, moving, or revelatory. He keeps us alert, peering through layers of irony. And he has such empathy for humanity that he makes most of his characters, even the feckless or false or cruel ones, at least sometimes sympathetic.

Becky Sharp, the "poor little friendless orphan" who becomes a bohemian adventuress, who remains throughout her life selfish, scheming, heartless, and "artful," who abominably neglects her son, alarmingly attracts the husbands, brothers, and sons of her friends, and comically mimics everyone behind their backs, and yet who is capable of genuine feeling, is one of the most fascinating anti-heroines in literature. Is she a plucky survivor or a wicked siren? Her foil, the seemingly pure, simple, loving, and good Amelia Sedley, is also compelling, for with selfish selflessness she indulges in her Angel in the House, submissive and dependent feminine saintliness to such a degree that she harms herself and her true lover.

The reader John Castle is great! With perfect pauses, emphases, wit, and emotion, he engagingly reads all the characters' voices with their different accents, personalities, genders, and moods, whether a stingy hyena-faced old country baron, a drunken cockney footman, a boastful Irish officer's wife, a mercenary French maid, or a foppish German diplomat--everyone.

Thackery's "historian" narrator, who's telling a "true" story based on the accounts of the principle characters he has met, satirizes early 19th century British and European culture (class, religion, education, business, war, tourism, etc.) so as to expose human vanity in general. We are all driven by vain desires and feel unfulfilled after getting what we want. We are all selfish, artful, and self- and other-deluding. The novel may seem misanthropic. But Thackery is so good at making us laugh, groan, cry, or think, that if the novel ("without a hero") is not uplifting, it is entertaining, stimulating, and often moving.

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  • Global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/12/2010

Fantastic narration

I have read Vanity Fair before, so there were no surprises here.
It is a well written and interesting novel.
My 5 star rating is as much for John Castle's narration, as it is for the novel. Superb!

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  • Darla Sharp
  • 14/11/2012

Best Narrator EVER!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Engrossing story, richly drawn characters and wonderful language.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Colonel, for his growth of character through the narrative.

Have you listened to any of John Castle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I immediately searched him--he is absolutely the best narrator ever--his diction was lovely, his accent superb, and his enunciation and pronunciation perfect and that is including his excellent French and Latin phrase turns as well. Perfection! I wish he had a hundred books to his name in voice! First rate! Top notch! Sublime!

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

I laughed and cried, though more laughs out loud and just a little tearing up, nothing extreme for this was Vanity Fair...

Any additional comments?

This is a pleasingly long book--at first daunting, then eagerly appreciated for its length and depth of story. Fabulous.

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  • Madeleine
  • 15/02/2011

Oh Becky Sharp!

Born at the wrong time: a 21th century woman stuck in the 19th! a great listen

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alysha
  • 18/02/2010

Wonderful Narration

The narrator of this story is quite easy to listen to and has a very engaging voice and tone. Highly recommended!

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  • Patricia
  • 22/11/2012

Thoroughly delightful!

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

Humorous, elegant and sly.

What does John Castle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Castle's performance really enhances Thackeray's humor and insights re. British society at that time. He also has a wonderful voice and does a great job portraying the many different characters with appropriate accents, etc.

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

Hugely entertaining. I loved it.

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