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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,022 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Fielding Narrator: Ken Danziger Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. As a young man, Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity. Against the vivid background of eighteenth-century London, Tom encounters passion, corruption, danger, and intrigue before finally claiming his fortune, legitimacy, and true love. Fielding’s bawdy, colorful, high-spirited novel painted human vices and virtues with unprecedented honesty and good humor, making Tom Jones as fresh and entertaining today as it was two hundred years ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.”

    Kingsley Amis

  • “Two and a half centuries after its publication, the adventures of the rambunctious and randy Tom Jones still makes for great reading. I’m not in the habit of using words like bawdy or rollicking, but if you look them up in the dictionary, you should see a picture of this book.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Tom Jones, a major contribution to the history of the English novel, has been admired by many readers as the most meticulously crafted book of its type. With neoclassic objectivity, humor, and fine psychological delicacy, Fielding dissects the motives of his characters to reveal universal truths about human nature.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “Reader Ken Danziger…gives the novel a full-voiced reading…True, the book runs to thirty-six hours, but the journey with Danziger is worth it.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tramia | 1/29/2014

    " Love this classic tale of Tom Jones.Its actually really funny, but also sad and serendipitous as most classics tend to be.One problem with the book is that its SUPER long. I'm half way through and I bought it before the kindle was a thought so carrying it around got real old. I put it down because of life, but I do intend to pick it back up and finish it. I am determined. Saw the old 70s/80s movie version and BBC version and liked it. Still want to finish the book some day though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 12/24/2013

    " One of the great novels of all time. If would be interesting to read several picaresque, or "journey" novels close together to see how different authors in different centuries work with this framework. It is long of course but every sentence is telling and sometimes it made me laugh out loud. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nick Black | 12/21/2013

    " One of the worst examples I've had the misfortune to acquaint myself with of Victorians binding their own verbal diarrhea, ugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Casey Mcfaden | 12/15/2013

    " Henry Fielding at his best. Fielding was a lawyer by training and I aspire to be one-third the writer he was. "

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