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Moll Flanders | [Daniel Defoe]

Moll Flanders

One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Narrator Davina Porter's attentively detailed performance of Moll Flanders evokes the determination and resourcefulness of Daniel Defoe's titular character with great finesse and clarity. Porter balances Moll's archness with strength of character as this heroine tumbles around prostitution, bigamy, incest, and theft, all the while inspiring the listener's sympathy - and perhaps even encouragement. Through Moll, Defoe revealed the plight women without wealth faced during his time, and how immoral choices may be necessary in order to survive. Listeners will find themselves unable to forget Porter's perceptive interpretation of this classic.

Publisher's Summary

One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.

Celebrated as "a masterpiece of characterization" by E. M. Forster, Moll Flanders is both a cunning examination of social mores and a hugely entertaining story filled with scandalous sexual and criminal adventures. In Moll, Defoe created a character of limitless interest, in spite of her unconcealed ethical shortcomings. Taking Moll through the echelons of 18th-century English society, Defoe seldom moralizes as he champions the personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance, and hard work - even when it takes the form of crime.

Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor

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    "Amazingly modern for a 200+ year old manuscript"
    Where does Moll Flanders rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the first one but I really enjoyed it even though it had old English language.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feelings of the character are brought out by Davina Porter's expressive voice and acting expertise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-11-12
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-11-12 Member Since 2009

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "Like a Loop"

    A classic dull piece.

    I think this was a shocker in its day and for that reason, its a classic today. I hated it. I didn't like the performance (narrator) at all. The story seemed like a loop of deception, gain, punishment, repeat.

    There are some amusing characters and some insight into human nature. But this book was not my cup of tea and I could hardly wait to finish it.

    Can't recommend.

    Chris Reich

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 07-28-13
    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 07-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!

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    "Not my taste and the narrator's voice is horrid!"
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    I admit I didn't finish this one. The narrator's voice drove me crazy! (Be careful--I've noticed she narrates a ton of books). The story was not my taste either. I wasn't a fan of the detached tone of Moll (the narrator). Skip this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-28-12
    Janet RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Defoe and/or Davina Porter?

    That takes alot of thoughts


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Defoe again?

    Not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    Not anytime soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Just plain boring. Very difficult to listen too and follow.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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