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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,069 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Sterne Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Steven Pacey.

I am got, I know not how, into a cold un-metaphorical vein of infamous writing, and cannot take a plumb-lift out of it for my soul; so must be obliged to go on writing like a Dutch commentator to the end of the chapter, unless something be done....

Laurence Sterne's great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it. Part novel, part digression, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate hero Tristram Shandy, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby, and a host of other characters, including Dr Slop, Corporal Trim and the parson Yorick.

A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tombom P | 2/4/2014

    " Sometimes the archaic (even for the time) language and incredibly twisty sentences get a bit too much, but that's part of the humour. The way the book messes around with what a book *is* and the ideas of narrative structure are laugh out loud funny and made funnier by the things that also make it difficult to read sometimes. Highlights include a chapter where he plays the fiddle between events, including some incredible onomatopoeia, and a chapter which he begins by apologising for digressing constantly, describes the difficulties involved in writing as such for 2 pages, and then apologises again and starts the chapter again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ted | 1/29/2014

    " I'm sure it was great back in the day, and I wanted to like it, but reading it today is actually quite boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Noce | 1/15/2014

    " A hilarious book that's written as though post-modern, but during the neoclassical era! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drucilla | 1/9/2014

    " There are some very interesting characters, but I found it nearly impossible to read. I guess I'm not smart enough to "get it". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina King | 11/29/2013

    " This book was kind of hell. But I see the appeal. Maybe? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat aka Tygyr | 11/23/2013

    " I read this in College and was the only one in the class who got the great humor in this book. I have read it a few times since, and the bawdy humor of the times still comes through loud and clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 11/8/2013

    " yeah, right. unreadable! in only included this so that i could recommend the movie...please rent it immediately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jordan | 10/28/2013

    " I can't say that my interest didn't flag at times, and I wished I was better versed in the philosophies of the era, but at the same time I can't deny the brilliance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Lane | 9/9/2013

    " A bit of fun - made me smile on numerous occasions. Very little about Tristram though - much more about his uncle and his hobbyhorse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nia | 7/3/2013

    " I read the first third of this book for class about six years ago. I liked it, but never found the time or the will to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 6/17/2013

    " There was a humorous and potentially likable story buried in what I found to be an atrocious writing style. Had I gone by my impression of the first 300 pages, this would have been a zero star book. After I finally became accustomed to how it wad being told, I liked it better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Castles | 5/2/2013

    " Everything you need to know is not in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/7/2013

    " One of the first novels ever written. Truly bizzare as it almost makes fun of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 2/24/2013

    " Dear lord, this book was difficult for me to read, especially since I then had to do a research paper on it. I'm not sure if I'm giving it three stars instead of two because of the actual quality of the written content, or just because I'm so damned proud that I made it through the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ike Sharpless | 12/31/2012

    " Postmodern metatextual shenanigans - before modernity was even a thing. Now to exit stage left with a flourish of my stick thus. "

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