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  • Tom Jones

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Patience Thompson, Anton Lesser, Annette Crosbie, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Henry Fielding's rollicking comic masterpiece. Found one evening in the bed of the rich and benevolent Mr Allworthy, baby Tom grows up in the guardianship of the kindly squire. He develops into a good-hearted fellow who is nonetheless resented by Allworthy's mean-natured heir and nephew, Blifil. Tom's naive inability to resist a pretty face lands him in hot water when the gamekeeper's daughter declares herself pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First rate adaption of a great English novel

  • By Stewart Gardiner on 15-01-17

First rate adaption of a great English novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Would you listen to Tom Jones again? Why?

Yes. The script and performances are superb

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Jones?

The dialogue is brilliant. Anton Lesser is simply superb as Tom.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It is really evident that the cast enjoyed themselves with this performance. They approach their roles with tremendous vigour and gusto.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems

  • By: Alexander Pope
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

'The Rape of the Lock' was one of Alexander Pope's most popular poems. It was a satirical attempt to reconcile the real-life warring of two Catholic families whose feud had started with the supposed nicking of a lock of hair from the undeniably beautiful head of Arabella Fermor by her admirer, Lord Petre.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading: selection of poems could be better

  • By Stewart Gardiner on 15-01-17

Great reading: selection of poems could be better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes -- a good introduction to Pope's poetic gifts

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems?

Emilia Fox is great throughout but really hits her stride with Eloisa to Abelard.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

She masters the demands of 17th C language with great aplomb

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This needs close listening to appreciate Pope's conceits. Best savoured in short sessions.

Any additional comments?

The selection is curiously curated: the longer works Rape of the Lock and Eloisa to Abelard along with shorter pieces such as Elegy to an Unfortunate Lady and Epistle to Miss Blount are here, as you would expect. The selection of the juvenile work the Pastorals is an odd decision. I would have thought Windsor Forest, An Essay on Criticism or excerpts from the Dunciad would have been more canonical selections.

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