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  • Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

  • By: Samuel Richardson
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Full Cast
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    3 out of 5 stars 18

Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, published in 1740, tells the story of a young woman's resistance to the desires of her predatory master. Pamela is determined to protect her virginity and remain a paragon of virtue; however, the heroine's moral principles only strengthen the resolve of Mr. B and Pamela soon finds herself imprisoned against her will. The young woman's affection for her captor gradually grows and she becomes aware of a love that combines eros and agape.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I feel sorry for the narrator

  • By Anfisa on 21-03-16

Fantastic.

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Reviewed: 30-10-17

A fabulous reading of a highly historically significant book which can be a difficult read due to its length. Highly recommended.

  • Tristram Shandy

  • By: Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4 out of 5 stars 62

Laurence Sterne’s most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. Renowned for its parody of established narrative techniques, Tristram Shandyis commonly regarded as the forerunner of avant-garde fiction. Tristram’s characteristic digressions on a whole range of unlikely subjects (including battle strategy and noses!) are endlessly surprising and make this one of Britain’s greatest comic achievements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listening!

  • By Stuart C. Clarke on 03-04-13

The archetypal “experimental” novel.

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Reviewed: 17-10-17

Supremely read by the incredibly impressive Anton Lesser. This book is the archetypal “experimental” novel, prefiguring modern and postmodern fiction. The book’s full title, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, suggests a loosely biographical work, but the eponymous author-narrator scarcely gets so far as his third year of life, and remains studiously circumspect about his own opinions.

  • Victorian Britain

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So far the best lecturer, decent content

  • By Nils on 24-07-15

Hugely entertaining and enlightening.

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Reviewed: 16-10-17

These thirty-six lectures on the victorians and their world is never anything less than absorbing and enriching. The presentation is accomplished and distinctive, both qualities which are very typical of “The Great Courses,” and I would highly recommend these lectures to anyone with an interest in the Victorian era.