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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44,366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Edward Petherbridge Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780002569
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Vanity Fair, Thackeray’s masterpiece novel satirizing Victorian society, is one of history’s best-loved works of literature. The story follows its two heroines, the loyal Amelia Sedley and the beautiful but manipulative Becky Sharp, as their fortunes ebb and flow over the years. The withering eye that Thackeray casts on the upper class exposes their materialism and false pretense in an engaging, beautifully written manner.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is not so much what is done [in Vanity Fair], as the way in which it is done, that surprises and delights; and the manner is always inimitable, even when the matter is common.”

    Atlantic

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaylee | 2/18/2014

    " I really can't decide how I felt about this book. The writing style was engaging and humorous, the characters a mix of deplorable, despicable, and pathetic, and Thackeray did a magnificent job of patronizing both his awful characters and other genres of literature. I may need to read it again, I'm still feeling like I missed something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 2/11/2014

    " It was OK. I just expected more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Patrick | 2/10/2014

    " At first glance, Vanity Fair appears to be another simple nineteenth century British romance. The main protagonists are two young, unmarried women, and some gentlemen from upper class families. Jane Austen's notation about single men in possession of a good fortune being in need of a wife seems to apply here. But after the initial date scenes, the story descends into issues of class warfare, the struggle against poverty, true and false chivalry, the curse of debt, the role of peerages and titles in society, and whether good and bad, or justice and injustice, can appear in the same person. All around, a good story that also raises good questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2014

    " Talk about 30 ways to reinvent yourself. Madonna's predecessor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Lederman | 1/26/2014

    " "That is the last tome for a while! The characters are fascinating and his names for people are hilarious." "

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

    " I have no idea why I subjected myself to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kindell | 1/21/2014

    " Very good, but the usual from this period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grazi | 1/20/2014

    " Absolutely love it! This masterpiece depicts the ascent and decline of Vanity Fair's players. A delightful novel displaying English society in the 1900s. The omniscient narrator's voice is priceless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 11/10/2013

    " The characterizations are more complex and "realistic", more unpredictable, than in Dickens. The narrative, however, doesn't pull the reader forward, and as a result, I had to struggle a bit to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Huma Zafar | 11/1/2013

    " Amelia Sedley is the worst. William Thackeray is also the worst. This book is so annoying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 11/1/2013

    " Perhaps the worst of the "Classics." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/24/2013

    " This is a book I enjoy reading and re-reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 10/1/2013

    " I've read it twice. Both times it kept my attention but I am one of those people who can't quite get into Becky, her motivations, her choices. It al "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Schofield | 9/29/2013

    " Hard work at times, but worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 8/20/2013

    " I'm loving the sardonic humor, and several of the plot lines are really keeping me turning the pages, but this thing is way too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 7/21/2013

    " Just wonderful!! Entertaining and good fun!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari Stroud | 7/10/2013

    " I know I'm supposed to dislike Becky and all, but...nope, she's totally my favorite. Ugh, why do I forgive a villainess so very much if she meets me halfway by at least being smart and funny? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Smith | 6/28/2013

    " I think I would've liked this book better if I had more time to read it. Thackeray does a better job with characterization than Dickens, but I think Dickens is more successful with social/political commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/14/2013

    " Magnificent! Truly the best satire's I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is now one of my favorite novels! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cat | 10/27/2012

    " He's an entertaining writer but I lost interest. I made it to Chapter 6. Although the main character and plot both had promise, I grew tired of the wink-wink, nudge-nudge commentary of the narrative. Initially it was fun, but it became too self-conscious and unsustainable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Readitnweep | 10/27/2012

    " Read this years ago. I hated Rebecca, but I loved the book and re-read it until the binding broke apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/7/2012

    " Though it does over stay its welcome, it is a brilliant satire on the caste system of yesterday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/16/2012

    " If I only had one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be this one "

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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.

About the Narrator

Edward Petherbridge’s theater experience is extensive. He originated the role of Guildenstern in the original production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and he has been nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Nicholas Nickleby and the other for Strange Interlude. For the latter he also received an Olivier Award. His television and film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, An Awfully Big Adventure, No Strings, and Lord Peter Wimsey.