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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Fielding Narrator: Maurice West Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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The 'Voice of the Year' competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel - Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks' managing director Nicolas Soames - chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks.

The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement - 6-CD set - of the same novel. 'We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,' said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn't have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This 6 CD recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greeneyedlady | 9/18/2011

    " What a marvellous story! Incredibly well-written and well-structured, with the scene at the Upton Inn right in the middle. Henry Fielding's experience as a playwright is shown in the structure and narrative of this great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jelle | 8/11/2011

    " prachtige zinnen, prachtig verhaal met zeer wijze beschouwingen en heerlijk caricatuur gedrag van de aanwezige personen. Goed boek om te ontdekken dat veel problemen en meningen van alle tijden zijn "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 8/9/2011

    " I would not recommend this book to anyone except for English majors, because I wouldn't sic this novel on a poor unsuspecting person. It is a great satire; you just have to get through all 800 pages to discover Fielding's ironies and witticisms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 8/2/2011

    " I enjoyed the story, but I forgot most of what happened. I did like the two scholars, Square and Thwackum. One is religious and one is a Scientist, and the religious Square is the bad guy. I can't say that I can see many people reading this except for academic purposes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/31/2011

    " I love this! Its so funny! More too follow. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding (1707–1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess. His writings reflect his ongoing preoccupation with fraud, sham, and masks. Tom Jones is considered to be his greatest work.