First published in 1766 and a perennial favorite since then, The Vicar of Wakefield is built around the naïve but loveable figure of Dr Primrose. He and his family live in rural bliss until disaster threatens to destroy their happiness: abduction, impoverishment and betrayal combine to lay them low, but a surprising figure brings hope when all seems lost.
"Well narrated classic novel"
The simple village vicar, Mr. Primrose, is living with his wife and six children in complete tranquility until unexpected calamities force them to weather one hilarious adventure after another. Goldsmith plays out this classic comedy of manners with a light, ironic touch that is irresistibly charming.
"Snidely Whiplash Ravishes Hapless Maidens"
The story opens in the country parsonage of Dr. Primrose, a kindly man who has a good heart, a good family, and a good income. Suddenly, his idyllic life is cruelly devastated by a series of misfortunes, and he ends up in prison. Yet, despite all this calamity and injustice, the vicar never loses sight of Christian morality, a conviction which lends him genuine nobility and, in the end, also brings justice and the restoration of his family and fortune.
From the instance of its first publication, in 1766, Oliver Goldsmith's novel of Christian piety and endurance has stood the test of time. The story is told in the first person by a vicar, Dr. Primrose, who, along with his wife and six children, lives a rural idyllic life in a country parish. It is a very sophisticated work which contrasts the forces that separate religious principal from the actual experiences of life. It is also a delightful, sentimental work whose amusing characters are both wise and foolish, brave and cowardly, rich and poor, as well as honest and knavish.
Called by Lord Byron, "The most exquisite of all romances in miniature," The Vicar of Wakefield is the story of a simple reverend who, losing his fortune, moves his family to a new part of the country and tries to live according to his beliefs. He and his family make an Arcadian picture of affectionate accord. That is, until the idyll is rudely disturbed by a notorious seducer. The book is a classic comedy of manners and a satire on the moralistic tales of the period.
Darcy is desperate to deconstruct the growing attachment Elizabeth feels for the new vicar. Determined to unearth the truth about the clergyman before Elizabeth is coerced into marriage, Darcy swings into action even as he fears he will appear to be jealous.
"An excellent story!"
Four classic episodes from the original TV series: Arrival, Songs of Praise, Easter Special and The Christmas Lunch Incident. Welcome to Dibley, a perfect village full of some perfectly peculiar people - including Alice Tinker and her underactive brain, Owen Newitt and his overactive bowels, and Letitia Cropley and her orange cake with Branston pickle icing.
"Thank you Audible!!"
The stories on this recording include pieces from the 1950s and 1960s to "The Vicar of Nibbleswicke" which was completed just before he died. This tape includes "The Landlady", "The Hitchhiker", "Mr Botibol", "Edward the Conqueror" and "Taste" and is read by Stephen Fry.
"Mr Fry is very good so are the stories"
Dutiful daughter Arabella Shelley is bitterly unhappy at home with her tyrannical father. Both her sisters have run away and the future looks bleak until handsome Rafe Calne, Viscount Hadleigh, sweeps her off her feet. A few weeks, later pregnant and abandoned, Bella sets out to force Viscount Hadleigh to do the right thing. And he does - the problem is, it isn’t the viscount she had been expecting…
"Typical romance formula with great narration"
Abbot Peter has recently swapped leadership of a remote monastery in the Sinai desert for retirement in the bleak and stormy English seaside town of Stormhaven. When the local vicar is discovered crucified naked, in the vestry, the Abbot is invited to act as a Special Witness investigator. He partners the attractive and ambitious Detective Inspector Tamsin Shah - and discovers a surprising connection along the way. Shocked by such cruel death, the church community adjusts to the knowledge that the murderer is one of them.
"If you're looking for something really unusual..."
Elizabeth Bennet considers the handsome new vicar at Hunsford parsonage to be everything Fitzwilliam Darcy is not. The Reverend Francis Martel is warm, accessible, and has no difficulty showing his feelings for her. Within weeks of rejecting Darcy's offer, Elizabeth finds herself swept up in a tumult of emotions for the vicar. He shares her wit, her caring for others, and the simple life - so she accepts the vicar's proposal. Will Darcy recover from his injured ego in time to intervene in their marriage?
"An exciting story!"
In the heart of Ashington - a bustling Geordie mining town - a handsome red-brick vicarage, surrounded by rambling gardens, stands proudly among the rows of terraced houses. It is the perfect place for playing games, keeping secrets and chasing the ghosts of previous occupants, and it will be nine-year-old Barbara's new home now that her father is to be vicar in this strange new place.
Seduced, abandoned and pregnant, Arabella Shelley is determined her baby’s father will support them. Horrified to discover his death, she is shocked at the demand of his brother, the handsome, inscrutable Viscount Hadleigh. To legitimize her unborn child, she must marry him instead! As Bella struggles with her unfamiliar, luxurious new lifestyle, and her scandalous desire for her stranger-husband, will she find a love that matches the passion of their marriage bed?
First published in 1766 and a perennial favourite since then, The Vicar of Wakefield is built around the naive but loveable figure of Dr. Primrose. He and his family live in rural bliss until disaster threatens to destroy their happiness: abduction, impoverishment, and betrayal combine to lay them low, but a surprising figure brings hope when all seems lost...
"An entertaining whimsy. ;)"
Oliver Goldsmith publico en 1766 la historia del vicario Primrose, una persona mediocre, pastor de un pueblo que vive rodeado de su familia en aparente paz. Pero esa paz es interrumpida cuando la fortuna del hombre desaparece por la quiebra de aquel a quien se la habia confiado y por las sucesivas desgracias que suceden a cada miembro de la familia. Pero el vicario se sabe sobreponer a todo, y a pesar del ironico final, esta novela ha sido leida con interes por varias generaciones.
The kindly vicar's idyllic life in a country parsonage is suddenly devastated by many misfortunes. Even when jailed, however, he keeps his faith uppermost. This and his nobility of spirit help to bring justice to himself, his wife, and his children.
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that's rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet.
"Captivating Story, Thought-provoking Messages"
Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan performs an extraordinary stand up show in Dublin at Vicar Street. Tommy is second only to U2 in ticket sales in Ireland. His fame has spread to the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The DVD recording of this show was number 1in Ireland for three weeks. WARNING: Contains explicit language
Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village, now he wants to control the world. And if his plan works, he will obtain a weapon so powerful, even God and his angels will fall down at his feet. Demurral will stop at nothing, and as a shadowmancer (a sorcerer who speaks to the dead), he even commands restless souls to do his bidding.
"it's a great book"
While out collecting some Portuguese laurel for the formidable flower arranger Mrs Dawes, feisty widow Ellie Quicke comes across a dead body - a corpse without an identity. Next day, Mrs Dawes is discovered by Ellie and her grandson, Frank, badly beaten and close to death. Much to Ellie's dismay, the police think shaven-headed Neil, Mrs Dawes' grandson, is responsible, even after a third body comes to light.