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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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