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A milestone in the history of the novel, Samuel Richardson's epistolary and elaborate Clarissa follows the life of a chaste young woman desperate to protect her virtue. When beautiful Clarissa Harlowe is forced to marry the rich but repulsive Mr. Solmes, she refuses, much to her family's chagrin. She escapes their persecution with the help of Mr. Lovelace, a dashing and seductive rake, but soon finds herself in a far worse dilemma. Terrifying and enlightening, Clarissa weaves a tapestry of narrative experimentation into a gripping morality tale of good versus evil. The recording is divided into three volumes. 

Public Domain (P)2018 Naxos Audiobooks

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Lucy Scott's performance of the title character is the finest audiobook interpretation I have ever heard. Every sentence, every phrase is read with a tone at once urgent and intimate, as if to draw the listener into her confidence and persuade.

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  • 08-22-18

Truly outstanding

I have just reached the end of volume 2 and am beside myself that volume 3 is not yet on audible!! I have been reading the actual book alongside the audiobook so can resume the story; but I’ve been so much enjoying the audiobook that I’m disappointed not to be able to continue listening.

As far as the narration goes, i love Lucy Scott’s voice and recently enjoyed her reading Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying - which was how I happened to find her narration of Clarissa’s letters in this gargantuan epistolary novel.

As for the novel itself, it’s an absolute masterpiece. If I could award more than 5 stars I would.