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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: Peter Barker Publisher: RNIB Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a novel by Laurence Sterne considered one of the greatest comic novels in English.

It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years.

Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P | 2/17/2014

    " this book is interesting, in that it's written in, what i consider to be, a tedious style BUT it's funny. it's really, really funny. it's even got penis jokes in it. no i'm not twelve, but that doesn't mean i can't appreciate a good penis joke... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Mcfaden | 2/13/2014

    " Great book. Walloping story in a stream of consciousness narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/28/2014

    " Another novel I did not think would make me laugh, I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Meyer | 1/26/2014

    " Tristram Shandy is definitely a worthwhile read. I'd be lying if I said I loved it or that it's my favorite book ever, but I definitely enjoyed and appreciated it. I love 18th-century cultural history, although I have truthfully read very little fiction out of that era (The Vicar of Wakefield is my favorite 18th-century novel), and I was eager to read Tristram Shandy, since I knew it was a wildly popular novel for many, many years after it was published. It is not the easiest novel to digest, having a non-chronological narrative and imbued as it is with such a myriad of underlying ideas. I'm sure there are many political and cultural references within it that I completely missed. But I got enough of them to be able to appreciate the rich satire and the delicious language of the era. And when I finished the book, I truly felt like I'd accomplished something and broadened my horizons. To read this book is to suddenly have a world of cultural references make sense (I now understand all about Uncle Toby and hobby horses!). The book is almost too rich, though. I almost feel overwhelmed by all that is crammed into it. But I am glad I read it. It is undeniably worthwhile, and though it does not earn a place on my sacred favorites bookshelf, it will yet remain a treasured addition to my permanent collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Christian | 1/17/2014

    " It's been quite some time since I read this but I remember it fondly, and actually own a copy someplace or another. If you're convinced that a novel must have a clear beginning, middle and end you will not like it. It's long winded and rambling, thoroughly silly, mildly bawdy and never reaches a conclusion. I enjoyed it. It also gave us the word "hobby". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 skein | 1/16/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miskatonic92 | 1/12/2014

    " I would say something like "shockingly ahead of its time", were it not for the fact that ostensibly post-modern techniques seem, recently, to turn up practically everywhere I look. Nevertheless, this is an appealingly zany romp, and would quite likely have merited a higher rating were it not for the opacity of some of the references, which very often necessitated a consultation of the footnotes my (somewhat antiquated) edition proffered. Fun, but slow going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Sawyer | 12/30/2013

    " I have never laughed so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ArryalJoy | 12/23/2013

    " I really love this book thus far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 1.1 | 12/5/2013

    " As rewarding to finish as it is tough to read, and as scatterbrained as anything ever published. Full of wit, double entendre, satire, allusions to filth, and great advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalessin | 11/25/2013

    " Woot! Finally finished! What just happened...? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Maginn | 9/10/2013

    " Read it. You will laugh your socks off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl Bettis | 6/12/2013

    " Post-modern metafiction from the 18th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myles | 12/31/2012

    " You almost feel that you are looking at the world through the eyes of a drunken, a very merry drunk, but a drunk all the same. This novel, Don Quixote, and John Barth's The Sot-Weed factor rank among my all-time favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Stockwell | 11/21/2012

    " A work of genius by a a writer of genius who became a friend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toria | 10/23/2012

    " So very very long, and lacking a truly cohesive plotline. I didn't get along with it at all, for all that its a great classic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 6/1/2012

    " all right, I haven't finished it, but even three chapters of this book contain more laughs than some authors' entire bibliographies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/10/2012

    " Funny, but it just taxed me too much to try to figure out the 18th century humor and references. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drucilla | 2/9/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/23/2012

    " Another book that doesn't hold up to my speed-reading ways. My fault, not Sterne's. Someday I will find the discipline and finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel | 10/19/2011

    " Not all the comedy carries, but is insanely inventive. A good book for persons who liked Joyce's Ulysses. The chapter in which Sterne apologizes for the narrative arc thus far with accompanying illustration is a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen (Helena/Nell) | 5/22/2011

    " I love this book, but I have never been able to read it more than once all the way through.

    Now and again, I return to bits though. And I will never ever forget it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 5/21/2011

    " like Ulysses, where you have to drag yourself through an almost unfollowable plot-- unlike Ulysses, you close the book with a vague feeling of disappointed astonishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielroffle | 5/20/2011

    " Total all-time top5 material for me. Wonderful language, endlessly inventive about what a book can be. Also: FUNNY. This helps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 4/23/2011

    " Probably among the funniest books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.L. | 4/14/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 4/12/2011

    " Thank goodness that's over. Very uneven quality throughout, and most of what passes for humor in the book hasn't aged well. I guess I'm glad I read it, if only to be able to say I have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/26/2011

    " The narrative style is unique and some of the jokes are really quite funny, but over all it's meandering chronology is not really my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Cleverness is not a recent phenomenon apparently. Irreverent fun from a reverent time, engaging. "

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