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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 3

Tom Jones is greatly admired not only for the meticulous craft with which it was written, but also for its humor, objectivity, and penetrating psychological depth. It is without a doubt one of the great contributions to the English novel, and as such will always maintain a place of honor in world literature. Through the minute examination of the motives of his characters, Henry Fielding revealed many universal truths about human nature. That he could do so by employing the comic style of mock-heroic literature is all the more extraordinary.

In Volume 3, we find our hero in London. Everything now comes to a crescendo of furious activity and comic missteps. Tom actively pursues Sophia, whom he loves desperately. However, his feelings are misrepresented to her by the wiles of Lady Bellaston, who desires Tom for herself. As other incidents pile into the plot, Tom finds himself becoming ever more estranged from his beloved Sophia. And when Squire Western and Blifil arrive, things look bleak indeed. However, it is always darkest before the dawn, and all's well that ends well. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/12/2014

    " 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 Tom Rowe | 2/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 1/15/2014

    " It took a little while to finish this book. It was a little daunting given it's size. The story was fun and had quite a few funny parts in it. The one thing that I didn't like about it was the author constantly addressing the reader. I've never like that, in any book. It may be meant to be funny but I got annoyed as it wouldn't let me suspend reality. I started skipping those chapters altogether, just so I could keep the story going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aresio Mavraganis | 1/10/2014

    " 900+ pages of innuendo in the Neo-Classical world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caelin | 1/6/2014

    " I could not believe how much I laughed. Henry Fielding is a goddamned genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/5/2014

    " A good, if long, read. Funny and great insights into human nature. It isn't just about the 18th century! Tom is forgiven so many peccadillos because of his good looks and charms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylee | 12/23/2013

    " Skipped the first chapter of every book after a while, and the debates between Square and Thwackham. Plenty of brawls, and chases, and scandal, and humor to keep the story interesting for all 900 pages, but not gripping. It was very easy to put the book down, even in the middle of a page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann Thomas | 12/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graeme Hinde | 12/20/2013

    " My prurient interests were titillated, as promised. Full Disclosure: The version I read was condensed by W. Somerset Maugham, who didn't care for Fielding's "chatty asides and prefatory discourses." Did I make a terrible mistake? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomw | 12/9/2013

    " I read this book in college, and didn't like becasue of time constraints. Then, I read it back'n'forth to work on a train, and loved it. The film version follows the novel closely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Broadhurst | 10/31/2013

    " Hilarious! Fabulous morality tale - and quite racy considering when it was written! Lovely characters, engagingly written, easy to see why this is such a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/31/2013

    " This is one of the first of the early and lengthy English novels that I have read, and I must say that though I got mired at times, I enjoyed it. Often bawdy and occasionally offensive, the satire that pervades this book allows the reader to enjoy it on multiple levels. Enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jakob | 5/8/2013

    " Probably the book I hate the most! The way the sarcastic and haughty narrator reify most of the characters of the novel spells the end of great english prose literature... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 7/6/2012

    " Tom was a very scandalous man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 10/23/2011

    " no not that tom jones. Can't believe I actually read this. A little too long but got to love the 18th century English Prose. Or do you. funny nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marija | 9/25/2011

    " The book is so great you should ready it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/25/2011

    " A wonderous book. Clever, witty, verbose, insightful, long winded, and funny. Its such a project to read and at times it doesn't seem worth it--but it is fun and every 10 years ago it is worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris LaHatte | 8/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonora | 7/22/2011

    " one of the funniest books ever written, be sure to get an annotated edition and have two bookmarks for quick flipping between the story and the footnotes. "

  • 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.
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  • 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.