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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Rowena Cooper Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001135
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Born in Newgate Prison and soon put into foster care, Moll Flanders spends her life searching for a secure place in society. Her desire to belong propels her into an existence of fraud and deception, leading to numerous marriages, bigamy, theft, and finally, exile. Charting her progress from an innocent but determined young girl to a contentedly resigned elderly woman, Defoe’s novel casts a light on the splendours and iniquities of life in eighteenth century England and America. It is a tale of sin and repentance, portrayed through a rich pageant of comical scenes.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/18/2014

    " With the novel still in its infancy as a genre of literature, Defoe has composed an almost journalistic treatment akin to a biography of a well-known criminal outcast. The author has however given one of the best treatments of character and investigation of moral ambiguity committed to the pages of fiction. It is revealed at the outset that the eponymous heroine carries the alias by which she is known in the criminal underworld. Moll, born to a felon sentenced to transportation to America in Newgate prison is a social outcast whose naivete teaches her from bitter experience to adapt coping strategies to survive. These, as the seriousness of her predicament deepens merge into criminal acts which test the readers' willingness to relax their own moral judgements in sympathy with this abandoned and cheated woman. The author has provided a heart-rending account of how marriage and abandonment can determine a woman's circumstances, as Moll learns to use deception as her only defence against the self-serving whims of her lovers and husbands. Defoe has the plot traverse the Atlantic several times as Moll's past and present merge to fashion her downfall and eventual reprieve. A classic of literature without any question. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Deason | 2/17/2014

    " This is not one of my favorites; however, I am amazed at this woman's savvy, endurance, and tenacity in the 17th Century, not the 21st!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 2/14/2014

    " Most interesting when Moll is spouting off lines like these: "She is always Marry'd too soon, who gets a bad Husband, and she is never Marry'd too late, who gets a good one: In a Word, there is no Woman, Deformity, or lost Reputation excepted, but if she manages well, may be Marry'd safety one time or other. . . ." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Humphrey | 2/10/2014

    " Moll Flanders is an interesting story told badly. Admittedly, the novel as a form was still in its infancy, but it is tiresome to read a story full of reported speech, where no character is named unless the author can absolutely not avoid it, and where semicolon-spliced run-on sentences are the norm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rainey | 2/10/2014

    " Loved this when I read it in college. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi | 2/9/2014

    " Ok...she just goes from man to man. "

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

    " I'm not sure I've ever read a book that seemed to scream "Cautionary morality tale" as loud as this one did. I found parts of it interesting because of some of the insights to the setting, such as the existence of homes where women could go to during their "confinement" for care and birthing and delivery. Much of it was too over-the-top to really enjoy. As a man, Defoe also lacks a certain credibility for writing in first person for this character. He really didn't come across as genuine or believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny McPhee | 2/2/2014

    " Hard to believe that the same guy who wrote this wrote Robinson Crusoe--if that was an excercise in austerity, this is an excercise in late 18th century soft-porn. Crusoe a genius with the first person narrative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christin | 2/1/2014

    " Remarkably dull and boring -this novel went on and on with useless adjectives that ambled aimlessly, to the point my mind seemed to go on auto-pilot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/23/2014

    " This was a surprisingly fun read. I bought the book on sale, but once I got started I found myself looking forward to all of her various adventures. Moll's marriages and various affairs with men were largely told in a straightforward, often humorous fashion. Meanwhile, her life of crime was often filled with unexpected twists and turns. Frankly, Moll seemed like she would be very much at home in the 21st century, even though the book was written in the early 18th century! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Stanley | 1/22/2014

    " I could not get into this story, as much as tried. I intended to get to the end and not toss a classic to the curb, but really, I cannot be bothered to pick it up again. "

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

    " Somewhat lengthy picaresque early novel from Daniel Defoe, this book chronicles the life and times for the hard-luck cases in 17th Century England and Virginia. This book is quite long on plot and there is plenty of sexual longing, husband-hunting, incest, bigamy, fraud, prostitution, thievery, and redemption. In fact, there may be a bit too much plot as action moves rather quickly from one caper to the next. One thing I did note about the book throughout was that Defoe wrote this character very well and seems to have very little difficult in writing from the female perspective. Overall an enjoyable enough novel, but I found it to be missing that special something that turns a good book into a great one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa James | 1/9/2014

    " The story of a good girl gone wrong is timeless. To see it happen in Victorian England is rather eye opening. You really get smacked in the face with the horrible choices women had to make in those days, & makes us modern women thankful that we have many more rights & choices available to us. So even though the story did have it's humorous anecdotes, as told by the irrepressible Moll Flanders, it's really rather sad if you think about it. I ended up having to admire Moll as a character for her sheer toughness & audacity, & her ability to rise to the occasion every time the chips were down. She's gutsy, & true to herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/2/2014

    " Defoe's Moll Flanders lives her life in her own way, surviving by her wits and making the most of her abilities. She's clever. She's creative. She's sexy. She's devious. She knows how to get away with things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerri Brissette | 12/16/2013

    " From references to this book plus a movie I only somewhat remember, I expected this to be a very amusing romp of a light hearted, fairly immoral woman. As it turns out, it's a not-so-amusing story of a woman who was a common thief (but not totally due to neccesity); a woman who seemed incapable of being honest even with her husbands and best friends; and worse of all a cold hearted mother though she claimed to love her children and found it hard to desert them, nevertheless, she did so repeatedly. I am not a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/12/2013

    " "I had premarital sex and it ruined my life!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 12/11/2013

    " I loved and hated this one in turns. The fact that there are no chapters or stopping points, made it difficult for me in the beginning. I also found Moll Flanders to be quite an annoying and egotistical character, but by the end she did have a few redeeming qualities. I did enjoy the historical aspect of the novel though, and for that I gave it 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Wadman | 12/3/2013

    " Female bildungsroman at its criminal best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 11/28/2013

    " Really not my favorite book in the world. I found it unbelievable and unlikely. I also did not really like Moll, so when you dont like the main character as a person it is hard to like the book. It did surround my favorite time period though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Coppess | 11/23/2013

    " Sick and twisted: follows a woman's line of thought with stunning precision and makes you cringe over and over! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/13/2013

    " This did strain the bounds of credibility at times, but that was all part of the fun. The format did make it a bit hard to read (what can I say, I like chapters), but overall it was an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Hahn-Ferguson | 11/4/2013

    " I loved this book. I still find it hard to believe this was written almost 300 years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/2/2013

    " Not as good as "Robinson Crusoe," this story does do a good job describing what living in London would be like for a disenfranchised young girl. It is funny and sad and Moll is a very clever girl. Her exploits are interesting but although the book is small, it felt too dense and long for what it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.L. Falconer | 10/29/2013

    " This was a lot better than I thought it would be. As I stated about Chelsey Handler's book, it's suspect that any one person could have so much misadventure in one lifetime, but, whether true or not it's a fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen F | 10/25/2013

    " Saucy! Quite a bawdy romp of a novel for its time, the early 18th Century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 9/18/2013

    " Absolutely wonderful! I was completely riveted from beginning to end. I wish it had been longer. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mosh Mavrakis | 5/17/2013

    " I love Moll! A real character representative of the different social hierarchies of 18th century England. An oldie but a goodie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 4/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this story because, for the 1700's, her lifestyle was... salacious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Loveland | 4/6/2013

    " This was slow going at points, especially when Defoe insists on listing about 100 different ways in which Moll steals from people (a simple 'she lived several years as a thief' would have sufficed!). Interesting from a historic perspective but not very captivating from a literary perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Correen | 2/18/2013

    " I listened to this novel on my i-pod and found it quite satisfactory. It is interesting to read humor from another century. I think I missed a good portion of the humor but enjoyed much of it. While being very funny, the book also points out serious social concerns of the time. Defoe was a master! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 1/23/2013

    " I don't have strong feelings for this book but I appreciated it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Greer | 11/24/2012

    " A great taste of the wit and fun of the 18th century... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carly | 8/22/2012

    " This is one of the first novels ever written. And that is about the most interesting thing about it. I recall very little about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/20/2012

    " So much fun. When I taught it in my college lit classes, so many older students wanted their teenage daughters to read it as well . . . which was kinda, sorta, maybe Defoe's intent as evident in his preface. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 7/21/2012

    " This is clearly one of the more interesting classic novels. It tells the story of a woman who has all kinds of bad luck and children and much more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/30/2012

    " I think I read this in tandem with Swift. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaia | 5/18/2012

    " An interesting book dealing with the difficulties of being a woman in the late 1600's and the choices that must be made in order to survive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette Radcliff | 4/15/2012

    " this book was actually a little boring for me. it was too wordy and i kind of lost interest. i loved the movie and wanted to read the book. the movie in this case is the best bet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 2/24/2012

    " For "the first novel ever written," if we buy that claim, this book was absolutely hilarious. So entertaining! Moll's infuriating, though, but you kind of have to love her for her ridiculousness and awfulness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/23/2012

    " The theme of the book really made me think about how strange life in this time period would be. A woman's survival completely depended on marrying well. Also interesting to think about what good ole Virginia, my current home, was like in the beginning. Convicts, convicts convicts.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/23/2011

    " page 200. have to read 200 more by friday for book group. torture. awful at 1st but then my brain recalled how to read this language and as it were my own progress will be proceeding somewhat apace...;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Pederson | 12/3/2011

    " I so enjoyed this book! (I've seen the '96 ITV version with Alex Kingston also) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mairead | 11/27/2011

    " No chapters made this pretty difficult to read. Aside from that, it had a dark subject matter and was great for sifting through for my essays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliza | 10/30/2011

    " I might need an English teacher to tell me what I'm missing in Moll Flanders. I get the social commentary on women's roles and rights in society, certainly, but after 60 pages of Moll's hysterical yet petty voice, I needed a break. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 9/7/2011

    " really... the first few discs were quite entertaining and the narrator does a wonderful job. The second half of the book was just too much. The end tied it all together, but I was still wishing the story had ended on disc 5 rather than disc 11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 7/22/2011

    " Thanks to work-overload it took me ages to read this one... Moll <3 No idea what contemporaries thought of her Fortunes and Misfortunes, but I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelina | 7/18/2011

    " Having read Roxana first (although Moll Flanders was written first), I found this too similar to Roxana. And Moll Flanders fixes herself and goes on to live a prosperous life of good behavior. I enjoyed Roxana infinitely more for being a stronger woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 6/13/2011

    " How is it that I love this whore? I was not raised to love whores. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anya | 5/30/2011

    " Fantastic, elucidating adventures of a smart, sexy woman bent on survival. Strongly considering making a movie adaptation. The female version of Barry Lyndon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huma | 5/10/2011

    " For "the first novel ever written," if we buy that claim, this book was absolutely hilarious. So entertaining! Moll's infuriating, though, but you kind of have to love her for her ridiculousness and awfulness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 5/9/2011

    " What a woman and what a book! I thoroughly enjoyed this and would now consider one of my favourite classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/6/2011

    " I found this book amazingly funny. The crazy things that Moll Flanders gets herself into had me laughing out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinderfox | 4/4/2011

    " Love, love, love.

    So glad I don't live her life, but what an mazing story. Lots of twists, turns, ups, downs, and laughs along the way. She may be responsible for birthing half the population of England, and robbing the other half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/4/2011

    " This did strain the bounds of credibility at times, but that was all part of the fun. The format did make it a bit hard to read (what can I say, I like chapters), but overall it was an interesting read. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe (1660–1731), born in London as Daniel Foe, was a novelist, pamphleteer, journalist, and political spy. He is celebrated for his frank and dramatic realism in fiction and the accuracy, vigor, and lucidity of his journalism. Considered the father of the English novel, he was also the first author of ghost stories in English literature. He is best known for his novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders.

About the Narrator

Rowena Cooper is a Scottish actress with an extensive career spanning over fifty years.