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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Goldsmith Narrator: Christopher Robbie Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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First published in 1766 and a perennial favourite since then, The Vicar of Wakefield is built around the naive but loveable figure of Dr. Primrose. He and his family live in rural bliss until disaster threatens to destroy their happiness: abduction, impoverishment, and betrayal combine to lay them low, but a surprising figure brings hope when all seems lost... Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 2/10/2014

    " It's a short novel with a good, concise meaning. It's about a guy who eventually learns that even when the material world is gone it's only family that matters in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 2/9/2014

    " This is such a fun and happy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 2/5/2014

    " Quite an adventure for a man of the cloth, he starts out a wealthy man and loses almost everything but always has his family (well, almost always). I'd come across this title a number of times reading various Victorian era novels, including Dickens & Trollope, apparently it was one of the most popular 'classics' when many of today's classics had yet to be written. I expected that, if this book had the kind of influence over Victorian literature I'd seen indicated, it couldn't end on a bad note, and I wasn't entirely wrong - it has a happy ending with a twist that I imagine could have influenced Dickens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Baker | 1/30/2014

    " A good, didactic Victorian novel in which virtue is rewarded and vice leads to degradation and premature death. A good read when you're feeling up to simple morality and robust syntax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.E. | 1/24/2014

    " Delightful little book, I think. The Vicar is so pompous, yet with such a good heart, one can't help but love him. Not perhaps the most thrilling, but a cozy read, and one I enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/20/2014

    " Good, light, funny, a few moments of real depth, and one impossible happy ending after another, which, it turned out, I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Webcowgirl | 1/18/2014

    " Primarily a narrative linking various essays on religion, morality and politics. I found it preposterous at times and dull at others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Cannon | 12/27/2013

    " Mercatornet 101 YA. An interesting, moralistic story that's beautifully told, though the characters remain somewhat distant and unrelatable. I was impatient with the story throughout, but when finished I was very glad I'd read to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 11/22/2013

    " It felt unintentionally hilarious which considerably heightened my enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxine | 11/17/2013

    " Oh dear, very dated, but I can understand it's popularity in its day. Comical in places, preachy in others and overall a bit silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Braden Canfield | 11/11/2013

    " My dad picked this up at a garage sale, read it, loved it and sent it to me highly recommended. I found it to be a delightful read. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 12/2/2012

    " What a creative retelling of the biblical Job story. I laughed until I cried and was even tempted to shed a few real tears throughout. Thoroughly entertaining and instructive... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve Cooke | 10/9/2012

    " I believe this book could be the root cause of narcolepsy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 3/3/2012

    " Charming, expressive, comical, heart-warming; how Goldsmith could turn a phrase - a delight to the senses. But ever present was the great English class divide; such a gulf between the haves and the have-nots. But perserverance prevales and faith in God unpins the life in misery or joy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 7/6/2011

    " A pretty cute book. But I have to say, I treated this as a comedy and didn't take the story too seriously. It's really entertaining though. I thought the Vicar's sermons were very cute too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 4/13/2011

    " Love it!



    .....and chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but for such qualities as would wear well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 3/15/2011

    " I find that I prefer satire in short story rather than in novel. This book was a pain to read maybe in part because I had to answer many questions about it for a college class. The things that happened in it were just too unbelievable and it dragged in places. I was so glad to be finished with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/9/2011

    " I think this book was fine, though its unfinished ending drives me nuts! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louis | 2/20/2011

    " very cute. i'll give it that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atina | 2/19/2011

    " This book is a charming 18th century novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 2/7/2011

    " Charming, expressive, comical, heart-warming; how Goldsmith could turn a phrase - a delight to the senses. But ever present was the great English class divide; such a gulf between the haves and the have-nots. But perserverance prevales and faith in God unpins the life in misery or joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2011

    " My favorite poet to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manday | 11/20/2010

    " I understand that this book is a big joke, but there it is just not amusing enough in the end to be worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerri | 11/2/2010

    " A lot of this went over my head. I mean the main character just reminded me of Job from the bible. Everything that could go wrong just kept happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/1/2010

    " old old old book, but full of satire, irony etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/8/2010

    " The style of this book reminded me very strongly of Candide by Voltaire (though this was much more wholesome). I wonder if all books written in the 1700s come across sounding so stupid? "

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About the Author
Author Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (1731–1774), an Irish-born poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist, was noted for his graceful and lively writing style and for being a member of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s literary circle. Among his best known works are The Vicar of Wakefield; The Deserted Village, a pastoral poem; and The Good-Natur’d Man, a play.