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Volume 1: Introduction and Books 1-6

Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th-century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

This long, riotously hilarious novel begins in the country at the estate of Squire Allworthy. In a long, leisurely unwinding, we are introduced to all the characters and discover all the main plot elements. Tom has been adopted by the squire after being mysteriously discovered there as an infant. When he grows up, he falls in love with the beautiful Sophia Western from a neighboring estate.

After the initial introductory sections, the novel begins to unwind furiously as our hero, Tom Jones, finds himself embroiled in one moral dilemma after another. Mr. Allworthy's nephew, Blifil, conspires to turn the good squire against him, and Tom is disinherited and kicked out.

Meanwhile, Sophia's boorish father tries to force her to marry the priggish Blifil. She runs away at about the same time that Tom leaves home, and the rest of the novel essentially follows the adventures of Sophia and Tom as their stories join, separate, and intertwine repeatedly. The novel ends in London, where all the loose ends are tidied up and all the secrets are finally revealed. Tom Jones is essentially divided into three parts, with the first being set in the countryside, the second in various inns on the road to London, and the third entirely in London.

Tom Jones continues in Volume 2 and concludes with Volume 3. 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 by Amy Wolf | 2/15/2014

    " I have to confess that I don't like most of the novels from this period: they are very early & still evolving. BUT. . .Tom Jones is a hoot! What I remember most is the fairly graphic sexual escapades of the hero. Definitely worth reading -- a lot of fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles Bechtel | 2/10/2014

    " Anyone wishing to understand how a book's architecture can inform a novel, read this one. It is a nearly perfect marriage of plot and story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Rowe | 2/9/2014

    " Long funny book. I love the narrator's commentary. Well read by Kenneth Danzinger. I recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/6/2014

    " That scoundrel! So adorable. He was the kind of fellow women want to tame. I totally enjoyed this romp. "

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