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Download Tristram Shandy Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,061 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Sterne Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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Laurence Sterne's most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. Renowned for its parody of established narrative techniques, Tristram Shandy is commonly regarded as the forerunner of avant-garde fiction. Tristram's characteristic digressions on a whole range of unlikely subjects (including battle strategy and noses!) are endlessly surprising and make this one of Britain's greatest comic achievements. A cast of strange characters populate this strangest of novels: gentle Uncle Toby, sarcastic Walter, and of course, the pompous, garrulous Tristram himself. This edition is read by Anton Lesser in a tour de force performance.

Please note: In print, Tristram Shandy is filled with visual, typographical, and compositing jokes - pages that are completely blank, pages that are completely black, misplaced chapters or chapters consisting only of their title, squiggly lines to indicate waving a stick, and much more besides. This audiobook tries in a variety of ways to match Sterne's invention with aural equivalents.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/16/2014

    " A perfect blend of wacky and profound. One of my favorite 18th-Century novels. The recent film was a hoot but didn't really do the book justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian Mackinnon | 2/2/2014

    " There are a some nice ideas in this book, and it is occasionally funny. But mostly it is obfuscation and innuendo, which on their own I find pretty boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashes | 1/21/2014

    " I tried I don't know how many times to get through this book. In the end, I might have shot myself in the foot as apposed to finishing it. Needless to say, I didn't make it to the last page... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 amy | 12/20/2013

    " I give this 5 stars because ideally I like it. In reality, I find it very difficult to read for more than 5 minutes at a time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/24/2013

    " Meanderer masterpiece of the nth degree. I recommend it to anyone with a good dictionary close by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Lane | 11/18/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/19/2013

    " This book is difficult to read. I've been reading it since June 2006. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Thomas | 9/16/2013

    " Loved this in grad school and laughed my a** off at it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 9/9/2013

    " I found Uncle Toby and Trim most humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 8/2/2013

    " Bizarre, in a fun, goofy and ultimately moving way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 5/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned Lindau | 5/21/2013

    " What was most impressive to me about this book was how funny it still was some 250 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaykumar | 2/16/2013

    " all marks for the brilliant narrative technique though, 'was there a story or was it left incomplete? I dunno' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 skein | 1/13/2013

    " Brilliant and filthy-minded - obviously a novel for the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.L. Stumo | 11/5/2012

    " If only literature had followed his queue and gone non-linear and non-conformist, what then would we be reading now? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Dee Mitchell | 10/2/2012

    " Since no one had yet decided just what a novel should be, Sterne was free to write this classic of English prose. I book I look forward to periodically getting lost in for the rest of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/10/2012

    " This was Thomas Jefferson's favorite book (according to Olmert). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edward Schroth | 6/1/2012

    " I'm going to have to do some research to actually understand the humor of this book. Otherwise, it's like Don Quixote, where I understand that a lot of things are supposed to be funny, but I don't find it funny. "

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