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Fanny

Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Discovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents, Lord and Lady Bellars. Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather. Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worlds she never knew existed. After toiling in a London brothel that caters to literati, Fanny embarks on a series of adventures that teach her what she must know to live and prosper as a woman. Soon to be a major Broadway musical.

©2003 Erica Jong (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"A rollicking tale...a tour de force." ( Newsweek)

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  • F
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 03-02-16

Loved it!

Having just reread Fear of Flying after decades, I bought this and so pleased I did! Saucy, funny, poignant and brilliantly written in the style of the time. Superbly read as well so what more could you ask for?! A truly good listen!
Then to be bitterly disappointed in Fear of Dying but that's a different story .....

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  • John
  • Bishops Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom
  • 10-09-17

Cunning? - Well, close!

Some good moments but the story stuttered along. Quite a few rude parts but in a comical way. If you like that kind of thing. Well narrated.

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  • Susie
  • 06-03-13

What if Tom Jones Had Been a Woman?

“What if Tom Jones had been a woman? What if Fanny Hill had been as witty as she was sensuous? What if Moll Flanders had been as tenderhearted as she was tough?”

—Erica Jong

Written as an answer to Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill) by John Cleland, the first English language pornographic novel, Fanny is an extensively-researched novel of adventure and debauchery.

Jong, after Fear of Flying, was criticized as a woman writer who wrote about sex and was accused of heaving "loose morals." She decided to write a novel, using her M.A. in 18th century English literature, from the point of view of a similarly-maligned heroine.

Jong brings a poet’s spirit to everything she writes, and here she deftly assumes the episodic, ornate writing style of eighteenth century novels— while bringing a sly understanding of women’s psychology absent from the books of the time.

Abandoned on the doorstep of an English manor, Fanny is brought up by the manor’s Lord and Lady. When she develops into a comely lass, she is “ravished” by her stepfather and runs away. What follows are a series of adventures showing the different strata of English life at the time and an intellectual, sensual coming of age story.

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  • brdsongs
  • 14-03-17

Be sure you listen to the narrator before buying!

What would have made Fanny better?

The performance of the narrator. I just finished listening to excellent narrators of two other audible audiobooks under which Jong's Fear of Dying, and this doesn't come even close. I stopped listening after 15 minutes. That to think the recording is over 20 hours long!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

Stellar reading, the story could have aged better

The reading of this was excellent, and the book is well written. I wish I could have better enjoyed such a female-centric novel, but cringed at bits that did not age so well. The author chose to make her characters progressive for their time in race relations, but still used awful language for Indigenous Peoples- and one of the heroic figures was never questioned for how her wealth depended on slave labor, among other things, despite this being a central theme. I wound up disliking the main characters by the end of the book- not because of the author's failure to write well, but because of their development arc. I found the transphobic comments distracting. It hampered my enjoyment of the novel. I was sad to have been so disappointed.

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