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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Siobhán McKenna Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001142
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 2/20/2014

    " If you're depressed about your life, read this. Moll Flanders has it worse... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Loveland | 2/18/2014

    " 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 Sutapa | 2/13/2014

    " This book is filled with so much betrayal and scandal that it will make your head spin. I love how Daniel Defoe uses colorful vocabulary. At times it is hard to understand and follow the book but it makes the book so worth reading. I love how how the author uses one character to show the development and hardships he/she went through to get to a higher place in society. This book is tragic and sad. It shows how people can really be happy sometimes and then have everything taken away from them. I would definetly recommend this book to everyone I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Mann | 1/31/2014

    " Moll is the classic "up-start" in Colonial Era England. Gain an interesting understanding of Europe and the colonies through Moll's various attempts to navigate herself through this world from the bottom up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 1/10/2014

    " I read a version from that was published in the 50's and had all the original spellings and punctuation. I found it to be an interesting look at woman's lives in the 18th century. There were not a whole lot of choices for women and this books tells the grim realities of a woman who learns how to survive in her time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha Strader | 1/3/2014

    " A morality play of sorts that just left me snoring. Couldn't help but roll my eyes at all the dumb things the heroine got into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/14/2013

    " For my St Lawrence "Mapping London" class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 12/6/2013

    " I wanted to like Moll, but found her tiresome. Wish it was different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 12/1/2013

    " the writing/language makes it tough in spots to understand but a classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reneesh matthew | 11/24/2013

    " As typical of Defoe's writing it takes you to a world of adventure and suspense. Great reading. The work shows how powerful one's imagination can be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosie | 10/30/2013

    " Was forced to read this ... twice ... and hated it both times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Ellis | 10/17/2013

    " Moll Flanders was a gifted theif. Her misfortune always turned to good fortune in this lively tale of vicorian London. I enjoyed it greatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Butcher | 10/15/2013

    " Good roaring story and period piece. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manas R | 1/25/2013

    " A book that is falsely advertised on the cover--there is no real scandal, only uncertain repentance. A journey not worth taking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Packard | 11/23/2012

    " Interesting... Not something I would read again, but I guess I'm glad I read it. Not at all what I was expecting (I should have read the complete title!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Williams | 2/29/2012

    " This book is great soft-core historical fiction fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TaraShea Nesbit | 2/14/2012

    " Intriguing look at economic history of the time, while still a raucous repetition of one woman trying to live with the necessary hustle of being a woman of the time. Also, surprisingly funny, even if at times for certain improbabilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/22/2011

    " Being one long chapter made this a little difficult to follow at times as I didnt read it in one sitting. Considering it is an early novel, Moll Flanders still has something to say to us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/6/2011

    " A bit long, but a good story. I mean, it's only about 300 pages, but it seems to go on & on. Drug on quite a bit. I liked it, though. "

  • 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

Siobhán McKenna (1923–1986) was an Irish stage and screen actress. She also appeared in several films including King of Kings and Doctor Zhivago.