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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.
"Vanity Fair - what a good story.....a good old fashioned story of love and life."
This was a pleasure to hear .
Long books so daunting to read - but to listen to the spoken word is a joy.
Love the historical detail and language, read v.pleasingly.
"A Wonderful Classic"
This is my second time of listening to this book and I appreciated it more this time. Wonderful escapism and characters, with a final satisfying ending.
Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'. Another story about war in France and fabulous characters
The narration is lovely, bringing the characters alive, I particularly like his portrayal of the young George Osborne.
Definitely, I always have an emotional reaction. There was a lot of very good humour and I'm bound to have cried at various points.
"Revisiting Vanity Fair"
How wonderful to revisit Vanity Fair and meet up with its characters which keep the listener engaged, thinking, calculating, guessing and generally being absorbed in the daily comings and goings of everyone.
Written in 1840s, it is hard to believe it is not a story of families in modern society. Fashions may change but human nature does not.
Anyone who has a love of the English language will enjoy this book.
Although a long read, it is well worth it for the pure enjoyment of the lengths people go to to in social climbing, greed, lies and contempt and to be involved with the winners and losers.
Vanity Fair is one of the great Victorian novels, with a huge cast of eccentric characters. John Castle brought them all to life as separate and very memorable entities, including the narrator, who has so much to say on so many subjects.
Jos Sedley at Vauxhall Gardens (and after); the 'little woman's' conquest of Queen's Crawley; Amelia's conquest of Brussels; any scene involving Mrs Major O'Dowd; old Miss Crawley swimming at Brighton; Becky's presentation at court… so many memorable moments!
A certain Crawley of the Guards.
This is a book to savour, to take a couple of chapters at a time and really enjoy being along for (quite a long) ride. Despite the length, it ends too soon.
Thackeray on exceptional form.
I've seen various TV/film adaptations so knew the basics of it all, but this unabridged reading leaves nothing out of Thackeray's excellent tome.
I absolutely loved every word of the author's in-depth descriptions, particularly of his characters, warts and all, and you can tell the ones he quite liked but also those he felt were ridiculous.
I listened to this coincidentally at the time of the 200 year anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, so many parts of the novel all came together, and loving social history I was encouraged to do some research and to fit more pieces together of the whole Napoleonic era.
He has a very easy voice to listen to as narrator but his characters were excellent, and his many foreign accents were very impressive!
I only wish there were more John Castle readings available..
At over 31 hours and such an in-depth novel, you had to concentrate most of the time and one's brain needed a break regularly!
"To be taken with a pinch of salt"
Having started to read Vanity Fair without making much progress, I would recommend this audiobook as a way of getting into it. You find yourself quickly immersed in the world and get swept along by the narrative and the characters.
I am still listening to the book and so far, there are quite a few favourite characters, mostly on account of how outlandish they are. Of course Becky Sharp has to be included because, although her behaviour is awful, I can't help admiring her chutzpa. I also like the old Sir Pitt Crawley because he snubs convention and has a wonderful country accent. Besides the simpering Amelia Sedley, there does seem to be one decent character, who is unappreciated by all the others - that is William Dobbin. Finally, I am delighted by the presence of one George Osborne in a satirical novel!
He delivers the narrative in appropriately measured tones that create the world and the period very well. His deadpan expression at times is a perfect foil to the cutting humour.
Human nature in all its glory.
Written in the 19th century, it contains language and references that are shockingly racist to a 21st century ear. Of course, Thackeray could be satirising these very attitudes.
Very highly. For such a long title it was never anything but a pleasure to spend some time listening.
The scene in Brussels where Becky is selling her horses for extortionate prices.
All of John's characterisations were wonderful but I particularly enjoyed old Sir Pitt Crawley
I giggled constantly throughout the book and occasionally said aloud 'Becky!!!' in exasperation.
My first experience of Thackeray - and certainly it won't be my last!
The best by a distance.
Of course Becky Sharpe. Such a feisty character for her time.
Not yet, but cannot wait for the next.
Laugh, brilliant humour.
Cannot wait to read again.
Highly entertaining novel, greatly describes the Napoleon era from the point of view of high society,while leaving unnecessary details which can be found in other more historically oriented.
The book is also extremely well narrated with rich vocal range and emotion.
"A good read... if a little long"
Witty, surprising, long.
Having never read any Thackery before, I was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was in places.
Castle's narration just suits the material perfectly. Spot on.
'Come for the costumes; stay for the gags!'
If this book has a fault, it's that it's a little too long. I like long books but this one felt like it could have done with a little editorial trimming. Don't that put you off, though; it's worth sticking with.
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