Yes, becuase the quality of Castle's performance is so good.
Far too many to select one. He's very good at building a long story arc that culminates with some type of reconciliation between people who have long been apart or estranged.
10 X better than Downton Abbey
Of the many audio novels I have listened to, Castle's performance here is one of the most rewarding of all. Thackeray's narrative skill, characterizations, and plotting are at the very highest level. One of the very best.
Love reading, and now listening to books being read. I like poetry and classic literature and also detective fiction and some thrillers.
This well known classic is captivating. A story of a world of social climbing and search for wealth, set amidst the background of the Napoleonic wars. The Narration is excellent, like listening to a play.
Though it takes awhile and Thackeray loves to digress his keen insight into human nature shown here is never stale. When all is said at last and "the puppets are put back in the box" I always wish there was more.
It's such a complex story fluctuating between the satire of Hogarth and the romance of Dickens that the narrator shifts tone and character to create the play acting world of Vanity Fair that's precisely what Thackeray meant. So it's a prolonged joy ride into the post Napoleonic world depicted with a subtle savagery, which always catches you unawares.
Hilarious, intriguing, charming
No, but would love to try another one....
The description of the panic surrounding the Battle of Waterloo
It's long, very long, but so well worth the time. I was sorry for it to end.
Yes - great writing - interesting tie-ins to history - a clear look into the class system of the time - and a great narrator.
I loved reading this book when I was young, but this narrator has such a fine-tuned ear to the vernacular, custom, and characters of the time, that it expanded and multiplied the experience for me. He never flagged; the characters were spot-on, his varying accents completely believable, and his pacing was perfect.
Brilliant book brilliantly read. There is a good reason why Charlotte Bronte thought so highly of this author. John Castle's reading captures perfectly Thackeray's wit and irony and fascinating characters~~and he doesn't force the difference between male and female voices, rather he does it by subtle means. His accents are great! Superlative in all respects~~and a "heroine" to match Scarlett O'Hara.
Say something about yourself!
If ever there was a narrator to read this timeless satire on social mores, it is John Castle. It's as though he were channeling Thackeray. His pace, inflection, interpretation of the author's written word, revealed more nuanced gems - more dry humor - in this classic than I've heretofore noticed when reading it on my own.
Listening is a treat to be savored - the best I've yet experienced.
John Castle makes every character come alive with his wonderful narration. His timing and inflection really emphasized how funny so much of Thackeray's story is, which I had forgotten. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book; it enlivened many long drives in the car.