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Summary

Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

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Fielding is generally agreed to be an innovating master of the highest originality.... He devised what he described as 'comic epics in prose', which are in effect the first modern novels in English.... [Tom Jones] is generally regarded as Fielding's greatest." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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A masterpiece

There's so much in Tom Jones it's hard to know where to begin. It's funny, satirical, thoughtful and downright outrageous in parts. The narrator is superb and perfectly suits the material. Well recommended.

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Tom Jones listening experience

story easy to follow as narrator was easy to listen to; not sure that I would have made it through to the end of a paper version

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Dreadfull narration

The narrator is an American putting on Dreadful ‘posh English accent. It ruined it for me and I abandoned it before the second chapter. Awful!

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Audio version - pity about the accents

This is a great book - I read and enjoyed it in school 60+ years ago, and wanted to read it again, but I thought it would be enjoyable to listen to someone else doing the hard work for 38 hours. I was a little puzzled as to the way in which the narrator pronounced certain words (e.g. "Sal-is-bury" instead of the British English pronunciation as "Sallsbury"; and "comely" pronounced as "comb-ly" rather than as "cumly") but fair enough - perhaps it also had to be more easily accessible to non-British listeners. The real trouble for me started with the narrator's accents when it came to dialogue. Most of the characters, especially in the early chapters of the book, were from the English West Country. Any Brit will know about, and recognise, a West Country "burr", in which there is much more faithfulness in speaking in the way words are written, especially the "R" which is said with the tip of a cupped tongue towards the roof of the mouth. However, every "non-genteel" character was made to speak with a rolling R, such as is only heard in certain parts of Scotland or on the Continent. Moreover, instead of any effort to speak with a West Country accent, the characters were made to speak with an extraordinary amalgam of Brummie/Black Country, Scottish and Irish accents which I found, at first, puzzling, then distracting, and then annoying. I must commend Charlton Griffin for his stamina in reading 38 hours of text, but I strongly believe that he should have paid some attention to how a native of Somerset actually speaks.

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  • Milton B.
  • 30-08-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

It's been fifty years since I first read Tom Jones. My young self and my old self agree on at least this one thing; Tom Jones is worthy of its reputation as a landmark and a masterpiece of English lit. It's a ripping good tale, full of romance, adventure, and, above all, good humor, for anyone willing to put the general disorder of our current age at bay long enough to enjoy the delights of a more leisurely, orderly, and more civil age. The reader is perfect for the subject matter and arch humor. And, snatches of the music of the period used as bookends to major divisions in the novel are wonderfully apt additions that help us ease into the times of Fielding and our hero. Bravo for a job well done.

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  • Johanna
  • 21-10-15

Satirical Masterpiece with Excellent Narration!

Even after over 250 years, this book is still hilarious. We follow our hero through many mishaps and escapades that are anything but heroic. Fielding pokes fun at just about everything again and again.

That being said, if you're not bookish or don't enjoy classic literature, you will decidedly not have a good time with Tom Jones. It's wordy. Really wordy. Fielding goes off on a tangent just about every other chapter--which is all part of his sense of humor, because he loves to make fun of authors. He just can't help himself!

To match the style, Griffin's narration is delightfully tongue-in-cheek the entire way through the book--all 38 hours!

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  • Krista Mascavage
  • 29-10-18

Pleasure to listen to!

A very enjoyable listen! Charleton Griffen really knows how to bring a book to life!

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  • Joseph Scarnici
  • 04-06-16

Holy cow

A long winded, side winding, 18'th century pompous tale of Tom Jones who's biggest fault is that he is a young man who likes having sex. And Oh yeah,... he likes this girl named Sophie. It was good but really long with many asides and long side stories. A great portrait of 18'th century England, the writer tells the story as a narrator, as an author that is speaking to the reader at times, as a teacher, as a defensive writer. Took me a while to muscle through this one.

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  • H.W. Fielding
  • 18-10-19

Finally got through this 18th-century classic

This has been on my get-to-it-someday list since my college days, but it isn't an easy read despite the author's 1740s wit and snarkiness. The book itself is long and the author's introductory essays to each section tend to distract and discourage a reader, but Griffin's performance overcomes that. Thanks to the audio book, I was able to savor the book as much as I did the movie.

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  • John
  • 27-04-15

Very good

Tends to be a little long and wordy at times but the payoff is worth it. The narration is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to listen and loves old novels as much as I do.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-03-21

Wonderful performance diminished by bad directing

The novel is, of course, a classic and one can hardly go wrong with a narration by Charlton Griffith. However the director of the audiobook chose to include music at the beginning of each chapter that appears to serve no other purpose than as a distraction to the dense prose. The choice did nothing to add to the enjoyment of the production. Rather quite the opposite.

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  • katie dimick
  • 16-10-20

I loved the book!

I was impressed with Mr. Fielding’s story telling, especially with his frequent breaking of the 4th wall. It brings the reader along nicely through the adventures in the book.

I was amazed at the applicability of the characters situations to today’s readers. Shocking was how well Mrs Fitzpatrick painted the perfect description of a classic narcissist when describing her husband. Some things don’t change. Also, the relevance of the political opinions still mirror those of today.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Griffin did a masterful portrayal of each of the characters, which brought them to life! I loved his use of the slimy simpering voice of Master Blifil. Simply masterful!!

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  • JMN Reynolds
  • 25-03-15

Book rollicking read

Voice of Griffin matches the lively text ... Merrily he told along! The book is light and amusing...a bonbon for an evening.