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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: Robert Hardy Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Penguin Classics presents William Makepeace Thackeray adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Robert Hardy's Vanitas Vanitatum!

Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost.

The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Lori | 1/31/2014

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

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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.