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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Frederick Davidso Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”

Generally considered to be Thackeray’s masterpiece, Vanity Fair is a resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled A Novel without a Hero, it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp—one of literature’s most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines—and her foil, the faithful but naïve Amelia Sedley. Amid the swirl of London’s posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Thackeray’s subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and “dismal roguery” of an avaricious world still resonates, more than 150 years later, with implications for our own times.

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  • “Vanity Fair, though it does not include the whole extent of Thackeray’s genius, is the most vigorous exhibition of its leading characteristics…There is not a person in the book who excites the reader's respect, and not one who fails to excite his interest.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yam G. | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting characters. The book tackles reality poignantly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/8/2014

    " I hated this book. The first 200 pages were decent but it got old fast and then just became a chore rather than a pleasure. I get it Thackery you like witty names but 800+ pages with every peripheral character named something like "Countess Schlippin Schloppin"... Jokes not funny anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlie Carter | 1/27/2014

    " Hilarious. The characters are ridiculous, outrageous, selfish beyond imagining, but totally believable. An absolute pleasure to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly Mcdonough | 1/24/2014

    " I like the narrator's voice, entertainingly satirical. Found the villan, Becky, far more interesting than the "good" characters. Would have liked to have seen her come to a better end, but apparently smart women can only be so smart. It was clear in parts that Thackeray was publishing this in a magazine serial... there are large sections that could have used an editor, but if you need to stretch it over two years, I guess this is what you do.... "

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About the Author
Author William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and Vanity Fair was serialised in Punch in 1847–8.