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    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: John Castle
    • Length: 31 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A book that was meant to be read aloud!

    • By Constance on 02-03-11

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Vanity Fair

    • A Novel without a Hero
    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
    • Length: 32 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: "I think I could become a good woman, if I had £5,000 a year."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OUTSTANDIN!!!! EVERY MOMENT A JOY TO LISTEN TO!

    • By hannah on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $48.99

    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 33 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Vanity Fair is a satirical novel of manners which takes place during, and in the decade after, the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The various scenes in the novel range across Europe and England. It was first published in serial form beginning in 1847. The work is by turns witty, scintillating, brutally realistic, tragic, humorous, and always fascinating. The title of the book stems from Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”, where Vanity is a town along the pilgrim’s route, and which holds an eternal fair of the vanities. It is a place where people are ensnared by worldly things.

    Regular price: $40.60

    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
    • Length: 27 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Set in Regency England, Vanity Fair follows the lives of two young women from drastically different backgrounds. Becky Sharp is the daughter of a lowly art teacher while Amelia Sedley is the daughter of a wealthy investor. Although the two women are worlds apart in personality and background, Becky and Amelia become friends while in finishing school. When Amelia invites Becky to her family home, events are set in motion that result in both tragedy and fortune.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Vanity Fair

    • A Novel Without a Hero
    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 29 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Thomas on 04-17-08

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Vanity Fair [Tantor]

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 28 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ah, the vanities of life

    • By Marie on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Barry Lyndon

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Like Tom Jones before him, Barry Lyndon is one of the most lively and roguish characters in English literature. He may now be best known through the colorful Stanley Kubrick film released in 1975, but it is Thackeray who, in true 19th-century style, shows him best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterful reading

    • By BB on 06-14-14

    Regular price: $47.59

    • Barry Lyndon

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Barry Lyndon, first serialized in 1844, is a swashbuckling romp through the aristocratic Europe of the 18th century. The central character, a roguish Irishman, narrates most of the story in the first person, relating his adventures as a soldier in both the British and Prussian armies; as a gambler and confidence man under the guidance of his uncle, a practiced fraud; and as a fortune hunting gigolo in search of wealthy widows and heiresses.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • going back to the original

    • By Brendan on 07-12-12

    Regular price: $30.80

    • Becky Sharpe

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Margaret Lockwood
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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    William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero was published in 1847. Although without a hero, it definitely has an anti-heroine in the form of Becky Sharpe, played by Margaret Lockwood.

    Regular price: $2.95

    • The Yellowplush Papers (Classic Serial)

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray, Stephen Wyatt (adaptation)
    • Narrated by: Adam Buxton, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
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    Series of five comic tales by William Makepeace Thackeray, adapted by Stephen Wyatt, recounting the rise and fall of early-19th century footman Charles Yellowplush.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A posh working class hero

    • By Zaubermond on 12-06-13

    Regular price: $15.49

    • The History of Henry Esmond

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Edmond O'Brien
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The History of Henry Esmond tells the story of the early life of Henry Esmond, a colonel in the service of Queen Anne of England. A typical example of Victorian historical novels, Thackeray's work of historical fiction tells its tale against the backdrop of late 17th- and early 18th-century England — specifically, major events surrounding the English Restoration — and utilizes characters both real (but dramatized) and imagined.

    Regular price: $5.77

    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: $20.66

    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
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    This book comes with an introduction and notes by Owen Knowles, University of Hull. Thackeray's upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer. Although subtitled 'A Novel without a Hero', "Vanity Fair" follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives.

    Regular price: $8.25

    • William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Jahrmarkt des Lebens

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Else Hackenberg, Marianne Kehlau, Heinz Klingenberg, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Die Figuren, die diesen Jahrmarkt bevölkern, sind die Mitglieder jener Gesellschaft, die im viktorianischen Zeitalter noch ein festumrissener Begriff war. Der Autor leuchtete hinter die Fassade des sich so edel gebärdenden Jahrmarkts und zeigt, dass auch hier "wahre Gentlemen" vielleicht seltener zu finden sind, als mancher denkt. Das Hörspiel, das auf dem Roman "Vanity Fair" (deutscher Titel: "Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeiten") beruht, enthält die fünf Hörspielfolgen.

    Regular price: $11.97

    • Harry Esmond's Boyhood

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Glenn Hascall
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ranked second only to Charles Dickens in Victorian era popularity, William Makepeace Thackeray may be a novelist worth rediscoving. This is a great introductory story of the key figure in the brilliant novel Henry Esmond. Classic literature - classic writer - classic story. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

    Regular price: $4.99

    • Mémoires d'un valet de pied

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Pierre Prévost
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thackeray, à travers son personnage domestique, fustige avec ironie la société britannique de son temps, et en particulier l'aristocratie de naissance, classe supérieure souvent trop désargentée pour tenir son rang par des moyens honnêtes, mais toujours adulée par l'homme du peuple. Vanité, cupidité et snobisme sont les causes principales des maux qui s'abattent sur les personnages, lesquels, dans leur dégénérescente confusion, perdent toute conscience des valeurs morales.

    Regular price: $11.84