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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Fielding Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

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

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

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

    " I read this my senior year in high school. we had to choose from a list, and this was the longest book on the list. I read it because I wanted to prove a point, but I liked it. It's been a long time ago though......the movie wasn't as interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lua | 1/20/2014

    " I am always currently reading this book... and one of these days I'll finish it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Mccann | 9/17/2013

    " A great melodrama with twists until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia Rendix | 5/20/2013

    " The title alone indicates that this won't be one of my favorite books. After having wasted hours of endless pages I must repeat: Everything about this book bored me. But two stars because of its canonic status in the history of literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 3/30/2013

    " To be honest, I remember the movie -- and all that eating with great gusto -- more than the book itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clmorgan1992 | 3/19/2013

    " Although it was really long, the story in parts was really good, but the main female character was getting on my nerves, as she seemed to try to show how the 'typical woman' seemed work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmad Alkhalifa | 2/8/2013

    " It was quite interesting, but the ending was most fascinating I must admit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/15/2012

    " Read for a class. VERY funny read, if you can get past the language. In fact, it's story almost feels like a missing episode from Monty Python or Blackadder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 11/12/2011

    " i really just don't have an eighteenth-century sense of humor. most of the people i know love this book, and i've tried. more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mashi | 11/10/2009

    " IActually,I love Fielding's Works.Tome Jones is one of his bests.The structure was firm & professionally designed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 10/5/2009

    " I had to give up I couldn't make it to the end. I am still reading it very slowly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/20/2007

    " This book is so darn long that I had a baby halfway through reading it, but I can't say that I was ever bored. Tom Jones, what a rogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 9/19/2007

    " Hilarious and extremely perceptive. My new favorite book. "

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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.