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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,679 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Cleland Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781440798719
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“My fond parents being both carried off by smallpox, it was put into my head of going to London.” But what should gentle Fanny do in that wicked city? What lay in wait to corrupt her innocence? All is revealed in this unbridled, lusty romp through 18th-century England.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/20/2014

    " Another book that I had to read for my Rise of the Novel class. Pre.recs. - Pamela and Joseph Andrews. After the first couple sex passages, it gets boring. And it gets farther and farther away from a realistic woman's mind. At first I though well this guy can write from a female perspective. And then let the penis worship begin. The more and more sex is described the more and more it becomes a glorification of male dominance. After all never once is she physically on top. The best part about the book for sure is the language Cleland uses to speak of these sexual encounters. Many a time I had to re-read passages cause I didn't know what was going where. The best reason to read this book, I believe, is simply to read a novel that although published in the 18th century wasn't legal until the 1960's ad 1970's. Oh and another note. Lady Chatterley's Lover (D.H Lawrence) was embarrassing, whereas Fanny Hill was so ridiculous that it was remotely enjoyable. If that at all makes sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/16/2014

    " I read this strictly for research purposes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drea | 2/12/2014

    " PORN. Victorian porn. Yes. Dahahahaha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 2/8/2014

    " 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." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 1/24/2014

    " As delightful a bit of titillating literature as was ever written in the 18th century. Fanny's story is remarkable not so much for its sexual frankness, which was similar to that in French erotic novels that were popular in England at the time, but rather for its refusal to judge its heroine for her sexuality. For all that this is every bit a soft-edged fantasy about the life of a prostitute as "Pretty Woman," there are moments that do remind the reader about the dearth of choices available to women of no family or fortune. The book is funny, smutty, the language is flowery and ornate (occasionally amusingly so), and the story is compelling. A very fun, if not brilliant, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Duncan | 1/21/2014

    " The antics of Fanny Hill would make even Moll Flanders blush and would absolutely scandalize poor Pamela. Even by today's standards Fanny Hill is a raunchy read..hide her behind a plain brown wrapper and enjoy the 'misapplied considerable talents' of John Cleland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 1/20/2014

    " After 200 years notoiety, it still deserves the label. I pulled it off the "free books" on my IPAD and scanned it quickly. It is still erotic, but described rather artfully. The setting is old London with all of their hangups! I'd say it was mildly interesting, and certainly salacious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/15/2014

    " Charles Standing must be in love with her or she benefits his sexual desires. Mr Standing I think you got issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 1/13/2014

    " Not bad, for the time period at least. Gets a little repitive in places but worth a look. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitti | 1/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 12/28/2013

    " 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 Lindsay | 12/5/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vani | 8/12/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 6/16/2013

    " Oh I bet you like this book, don't you? Mm, you just love it, don't you, you dirty little tramp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/31/2013

    " Interesting that the narrator is EXTREMELY repulsed and calls the cops when she encounters two gay men, but meanwhile enjoys prostitution, orgies, S&M, adultery, lesbians... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi Rae | 10/23/2012

    " Again listened to audio and enjoyed a somewhat different take on pleasures of the flesh... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Valinotti | 5/12/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 4/8/2011

    " If you're squeamish about sex, this book is NOT for you. "

  • 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

Barbara McCulloh has appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and as Anna in The King and I. Her film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Another World, and Peter Pan. She has also done extensive work in regional theater and recorded dozens of audio books.