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.
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.
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I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written three hundred years ago. Of course nowadays a smart, practical woman like Moll would get a university degree and proceed with a normal life, and likely rise to high office, so capable as she is. With opportunities far more limited three hundred years ago, she pursued the course that was available to her. Nevertheless, there's something timeless about this story, and something very relevant to today. Even the writing style is modern, even if far more rich. Probably this is a book I would listen to, rather than read.
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I have to admit it took me a while to realize the genius of this book, but once I got it, it is quite good. But I am wondering what happened to all those kids she had a basically abandoned.
I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.
This book has a good story, but it did not grab me, and take hold like a great story does. Davina Porter is wonderful and makes up for it with her reading.
Yes, just to here Davina Porter.
No, I found the book interesting but a bit slow
How the main character adjusted to any situation and got herself out of trouble.
When she found her mother in Virginia!
It was the first one but I really enjoyed it even though it had old English language.
The feelings of the character are brought out by Davina Porter's expressive voice and acting expertise.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
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.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
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.
That takes alot of thoughts
Not anytime soon.
Just plain boring. Very difficult to listen too and follow.
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