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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781518939976
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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray is one of the best classic books of all time. Originally published in 1848, Vanity Fair is still wildly popular today and was voted by readers in the BBC poll The Big Read as one of the best books of all time.

Vanity Fair follows the rags-to-riches tale of the captivating and ruthless Becky Sharpe as she navigates her way through London society with fearsome determination and ambition. Filled with hilarious dialogue and superb characterizations, Vanity Fair is a richly entertaining comedy that asks the reader, “Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Ur-text of toxic female friendship, and the template for fictive female relationships from Gone With the Wind to Gossip Girl, the story of a sweet — but dim — heiress and her ruthlessly amoral social-striving best friend takes our two, deeply different heroines, through the whirlwind of Napoleonic War-era England. While Amelia Sedley marries an undeserving cad but closes her eyes to the truth, Becky Sharp remains flint-eyed: sleeping and conniving her way to the top of the social heap. The novel’s final image: the two women meeting on opposite sides of the titular charity-fair-table, their diverging paths through life rendering them ultimately equal, challenges us to wonder what way is best.”

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  • On the BBC’s Big Read Poll of the UK’s Best-Loved Books
  • An Electric Literature Pick of 9 Toxic Friendships in Literature

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  • 0.666666 out of 50.666666 out of 50.666666 out of 50.666666 out of 50.666666 out of 5 Terri | 1/4/2019

    " Truthfully, it's hard for me to tell if what I dislike is the story or the god-awful reading of the story, but I really think it's mostly "reading related". When I read that it had "various narrators" I thought that meant each character would be read by a different a performance. Instead, it's several people seemingly sitting in someone's living room reading the book into a tape recorder. The sound quality is terrible and the reading performances are dismal with several mispronounced words. I barely made it through the first quarter of the book before finally giving up because I just CANNOT listen to it another second. "

About the Author

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

Orlagh Cassidy, an American actress of stage, television, and film, is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.