The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders


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(4.2 stars; 30 reviews)

Defoe wrote this novel after his work as a journalist and pamphleteer. By 1722, Defoe had become recognized as a novelist, with the success of Robinson Crusoe in 1719. His political work was tapering off at this point, due to the fall of both Whig and Tory party leaders with whom he had been associated. - Defoe's Whig views are nevertheless evident in the story of Moll. The full title of the novel tells part of its story: "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums." (Summary from Wikipedia)

(13 hr 31 min)

Chapters

Preface 15:06 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
My true name is so well known... 28:32 Read by miette
Thus far I have had a smooth story to tell... 23:15 Read by Nocturna
But things did not end here... 31:22 Read by Nocturna
I was reduced very low indeed... 41:14 Read by JemmaBlythe
I loved the company indeed of men of mirth... 40:06 Read by JemmaBlythe
But I come now to my own case... 30:03 Read by Kristin LeMoine
I was now the most unhappy of all women... 42:17 Read by Chip
When I parted with my brother... 25:18 Read by Elizabeth Palmer
We lived thus near two years... 29:29 Read by miette
I was now a single person again... 27:38 Read by Nikolle Doolin
I came the next evening... 34:25 Read by Nikolle Doolin
He rose before me in the morning... 45:39 Read by Nikolle Doolin
While I was here, and before I was brought to bed... 40:52 Read by Nikolle Doolin
The first sensible reflect I made... 54:10 Read by Nikolle Doolin
My comrade, having the brand of an old offender... 36:53 Read by JemmaBlythe
With all these fine compliments we parted... 38:18 Read by chriss the girl
I had dressed myself up in a very mean habit... 29:13 Read by chriss the girl
It was not long after the affair with the mercer... 28:35 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
I was now returned to London... 35:43 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
In the meantime my poor distressed governess... 43:26 Read by JemmaBlythe
I must return to my own case... 40:40 Read by JemmaBlythe
Here was a perplexity... 49:51 Read by JemmaBlythe

Reviews

a great book

(5 stars)

This is a very entertaining tale. I enjoyed it. I disagree with the other reviewers. The reader they mention does sound a bit out of place early on when the character is a young woman but it quite works later in the book. This recording is wholly understandable and I had no problem hearing what was said. I recommend this book. Enjoy and thank you to the volunteers who read this!

The end of this librivox recording

(4 stars)

Jemma Blythe's voice at times getS rather raspy..It is really rather painful to listen to at times.

(2 stars)

I found this rendition to be too slow. Also, the loud and frequent breathing can be a bit distracting.

A great classic!

(5 stars)

I love this novel: such a great peak into society, the mind, and manipulation.

The voices are a bit peculiar but it's fine

(4 stars)

Excellent story , Awesome Readers

(5 stars)

thank you LibriVox

Great book not great readers

(2 stars)

one of the readers voice is barely distinguishable as the English language as it's so quiet & at one point no more than a croak. it rather ruins the book