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Vanity Fair

Narrated by: Robert Hardy
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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Penguin Classics presents William Makepeace Thackeray adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Robert Hardy’s Vanitas Vanitatum!

Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost.

The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray’s gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

©2012 William Makepeace Thackeray (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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Delightful Performance and Solid Abridgement

Robert Hardy does an absolutely fantastic job with Thackery's wry tone, and the abridgment is very well done, and keeps the most essential and hilarious parts of the narrative whole & cohesive. Really delightful.