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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (27 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 2: Books 7-12

One of the marvelous aspects of Tom Jones is the mock-heroic language Fielding employs in his funniest scenes. Assuming the hauteur of an ancient Greek or Roman epic poet, Fielding unleashes some of the most hilarious and satirical prose imaginable, skewering in the process the pretensions of lesser rivals while shredding the moral ambiguities of the mid-18th century. Never before was an author so well equipped to puncture the fashions and foibles of his day as was Fielding.

Volume 2 continues our story by picking up with the flight of Sophia from her father, Squire Western, and continues the journey of Tom as he ponders his future on the road to London. In a series of tightly constructed plot twists and turns, Tom and Sophia end up at the same inn, unbeknownst to one another. Meanwhile, a plethora of new characters are introduced, some of whom will remain till the end of the story, with others dropping away as Tom and Sophia continue on their way to London. They are among the most memorable in the book. In this part of the novel, the setting remains either on the road or at a number of inns as our hero continues on his way.

In his matchless style, Fielding describes some of the most outrageously funny episodes in English literature.

Tom Jones 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 Jenette | 2/14/2014

    " I never did finish this. It was pretty brilliant. I should get back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/9/2014

    " Not a quick read, but has aged remarkably well for a book published in 1749. I thought it dragged for a couple hundred pages in the middle, but the first and last third or so of the book were great. The amazing thing about about Fielding is how well his humor holds up today and how much saltier it is than the Victorian lit published more than a hundred years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 2/2/2014

    " I read this book as part of my book club's classic readalong. The heart of the story is about Tom Jones who is found in the bed of a wealthy gentleman, Mr. Allworthy, and the progress of his life as he grows into a man. The book was written a couple hundred years ago so you have to get past the language barrier a bit and the opening chapters tend to be what I like to call the author's rants but there's usually some theme which pertains to the upcoming book. Apparently, it was published as multi books as part of a series. But if you can get into the heart of the story about Tom, it is really funny. He is such a scamp and keeps getting into trouble with the ladies because he is quite the lover. Add to this the jealousy of his foster cousin and he is quickly sent packing. Along the way, he is exposed to the harsher side of life all while on a quest to find his way back to his true love, Sofia. The story is a lot about human nature and the corruptibility of man. Get past the first chapters of each book and overlook the old language, and I think that you'll agree that this is a wonderful tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/28/2014

    " A rollicking picaresque journey. Tom leaves the countryside and ventures to London, in hot pursuit of his love, Sophia. To say that he has adventures along the way is an understate...but Tom needs them because he has a lot to learn about discretion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. P. | 1/27/2014

    " A rich set of memorable characters lead you through a play for many nights and days. Fielding the dramatist would have, perhaps, today written this as a television series, with the Alistair Cooke style introductions already written for such a narrator. This tale leads us to the anti-moral that love is a better compass in one's life than ethics, an opinion with which I heartily agree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Conrad | 1/9/2014

    " This book is full of interesting insights into the social scene of the mid 1700's. At first all the social commentary gets in the way of really getting into the story, but as the book progresses, the commentary subsides and the story gets pretty silly. The hero(Tom)is a very likable orphan at first, and shines in comparison to his adopted brother. All around him are people who want to keep him in his place and who will kiss up to the Squire Allworthy, Tom's adopted father and his nephew Master Blifil, who will eventually inherit his Uncle's estate. Tom's courageous and generous nature seem obvious to the reader, but because of the connivings of various other characters, Allworthy is always made to see the worst in Tom, because anything he does is always reported to the master in its worst possible light. As usual in the literature of this period, the story progresses with agonizing slowness, and the plot is extremely convoluted, so it takes some serious stamina to make it to the ending. At times you may be a little offended at the attitudes towards women, but remember this is 1749 we are talking about, and in reality, Fielding is pretty open-minded for a man of his century. There is a little violence, and a scene of attempted rape, and Tom is not entirely faithful to his beloved Sophia, but it is mostly accomplished with taste, and if you can stick it out it is an excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Greer | 1/5/2014

    " The comedy of wit doesn't get much better than Tom Jones. This eighteenth-century novel is full of adventure, romance, and comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 12/29/2013

    " Brilliant! I love relating to characters such as Tom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 11/28/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 11/20/2013

    " One of my favorite things about this book is the author/reader interaction. Henry Fielding is right there with you, giving his commentary on the situations. It is a wonderfully funny book. I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 11/17/2013

    " Enjoyable read of Fielding's study of human nature, quite humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris LaHatte | 6/9/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann Thomas | 11/3/2012

    " A very early novel, but not a success with me. Fielding constantly interrupts the narrative to talk to the reader. I just got annoyed and gave up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph Crozier | 10/5/2012

    " PLEASE GOT LET IT END "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/7/2012

    " I loved this. remember my Dad said it had great food scenes and I actually remember the book as a feast of the senses. Also remember Tom as a loveable underdog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/30/2012

    " Tom was a very scandalous man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/29/2011

    " Very lengthy and at times morose for huge expanses. The comedy is subtle but fun for a patient reader. Definitely not for everyone but the short Chapter format makes it a little easier to digest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leif Erik | 7/8/2011

    " I probably should give this another shot. Had to read this on the quick for an English course. Never really felt anything for any of the characters. Never thought it mattered if they lived or died. But I didn't hate it. Obviously I didn't love it either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 5/14/2011

    " Most appearing on top ten lists of books of all time. Ok, a slow 150 pages halfway through with a bad parody of war that doesn't play as such -- but still, perhaps the gr8est novel ever written. I've read it almost 20 times, and plan to read it again.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 4/29/2011

    " Racy in its day, but pretty benign now. Nonetheless an good romp "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " I think I can best describe this book as a roguish, tongue-in-cheek romp through an extremely satirical depiction of 18th century England. I'm a fan. Fielding is always a nice antidote to some of his duller contemporaries. *cough*Samuel Richardson*cough* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/3/2011

    " 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 Michelle | 3/26/2011

    " Hilariously absurd at times, the journey of Tom Jones is a great, entertaining read with an intricately planned plot that weaves the characters together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe | 1/28/2011

    " UGH! I'm glad that it was the "first novel", but I'm glad that novels have improved. Funny at times, but really, really dry at others. Still worth a read, though, for "understanding literary history" purposes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 1/26/2011

    " PLEASE GOT LET IT END "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/10/2011

    " It can be hard to start, but it's really very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/3/2011

    " Funny and beautiful. One of my favorite books. I know that people find it long, but once you get used to Fielding's 18th C way of writing, the sentences fly. "

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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.