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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Cleland Narrator: Emma Fielding Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Fanny Hill, one of the most popular novels of the 18th century, traces the rise of its heroine from prostitution to middle-class respectability. Condemned in its own time on grounds of indecency, the book was the subject of several law suits until as recentrly as the 1960s. For today's listener, the work holds as much fascination as when it was first published, not only as a the foremost example of English erotic fiction, but as a literary classic in its own right. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Valinotti | 2/17/2014

    " Raunchy, explicit material couched in the flowery language of the 18th century...a great book to read alone in bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vani | 2/14/2014

    " My gosh! I read this book because its included in the 1001 must read books before you die and my gosh talaga! if your not into super lalim english then don't read this book! but if you're ok with it and you can handle torrid scenes then go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 2/12/2014

    " This is by far the dirtiest book I have ever read. I should've been repulsed by it, but it was such great fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Seher | 2/10/2014

    " Annoying from a feminist perspective, but really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/9/2014

    " I read this strictly for research purposes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 2/6/2014

    " I always see this book at the bookstore but from the title I can conceive that it belongs to the erotic genre and therefore it does not suit my taste. But a friend of mine introduced me the overview of it and I liked it but still can't make me change my mind, But then my friend bought me one and I can't refuse but to read it and then that's where I got to liked it. It is indeed erotic but the way the author displayed his way of telling the story was the thing most classical books have, which is they all contain certain meanings beneath those words that will make the reader love the story till the end, which this story did to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/2/2014

    " The older style of writing is beautiful. While this book was racy, it was so well-written you would have thought you were reading a Oliver Twist rather than some girl on girl action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitti | 1/29/2014

    " The most banned book of all time....had to see what it was all about. The story of a prostitute in the 1700s......I guess I see why back then it was shocking but overall the storyline was not that great. The plus side, it's a free kindle download. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/18/2014

    " Mildly interesting but generally non-creative smut from the 1700s--and when I say smut I mean it. There's virtually no plot to this book, and it's very penis-centric... obviously written by a man. You might find it vaguely amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Pike | 11/26/2013

    " The dirtiest classic book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Ducote | 8/31/2013

    " Wow, didn't know how prostitution worked back then but now I do. Poor Fanny had to learn everything and I mean everything all because of an aunt that wanted to make money off get. Sad but true for the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 7/14/2013

    " i thought this was going to be like moll flanders or roxana. um. no. this is straight-up 18th century porn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle O'flynn | 5/22/2013

    " I read this many many years ago, and have made note to self- re-read! I read this as an inexperienced teen, and so thought it was pretty terrific at the time. Now I wonder.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/3/2012

    " 18th-century erotica for the masses. Or, as a review on the back of the book says, "Fanny's Memoirs combine literary grace with a disarming enthusiasm for an activity which is, after all, only human. What is more, she never uses a dirty word." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Philip Lane | 9/29/2012

    " Pornographic - not my cup of tea! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mie Pedersen | 8/27/2012

    " It was a fun reed; a male writer revealing the life and secrets of London-prostitutes. Of course cheap-bought prostitutes had a hard time but most prostitutes just loved having with various men anytime and anywhere they want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/20/2012

    " well, it's pretty much what you'd expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/30/2012

    " Good. Not something I will read again but good enough for the beach. Sex. Sex. And some more sex. Pretty woman for a 17 year old who lives near London in the days of yesteryear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alwa | 4/28/2012

    " Bought this for a class I didn't end up taking, just got around to reading it...um, turns out, this is basically porn. Guess I should have taken that class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Sunderland | 4/13/2012

    " My oh my. I knew this was considered a scandalous book at one time, but it was so old I expected it to be reasonably tame by today's standards. Not so. This book is very erotic and explicit. Not all 'classics' have to be boring it seems. LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina UK | 2/2/2012

    " Glorious and unashamed porn from the 1740s. Read it at your own risk. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drea | 11/11/2011

    " PORN. Victorian porn. Yes. Dahahahaha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/9/2011

    " I read this many many years ago, and have made note to self- re-read! I read this as an inexperienced teen, and so thought it was pretty terrific at the time. Now I wonder.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/5/2010

    " This book is worth reading just for its absurdity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~ Lei ~ | 11/28/2010

    " This was the book my mom had hidden in the bookshelf - got me pretty hot as a teen. It's been a long time since I've read it but I do remember liking several scenes and those were the ones that were my 'go-to' helpers when I was alone. "

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About the Author

John Cleland (1709–1789) was an English writer who is best known for his erotic novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. An employee of the British East India Company, Cleland spent extended periods in Bombay, India, until recalled to England because of his father’s illness. With no financial support from his family, Cleland amassed enough debt to land in Fleet Prison, where he is believed to have composed Fanny Hill. His subsequent arrest following the publication of Fanny Hill prompted Cleland to withdraw the novel, and while it was not legally published for over a hundred years, it continued to sell well as a pirated work. Cleland never achieved professional or financial success with his writing.

About the Narrator

Emma Fielding has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is an award-winning actress who has appeared in numerous television shows, films, and plays. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she has worked for the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared on Broadway, in Private Lives, and in the West End, in Rock ’n’ Roll.