An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews (Dramatic Reading)

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(4.3 stars; 15 reviews)

An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, or simply Shamela, as it is more commonly known, is a satirical novel written by Henry Fielding and first published in April 1741 under the name of Mr. Conny Keyber. Fielding never owned to writing the work, but it is widely considered to be his. It is a direct attack on the then-popular novel Pamela (November 1740) by Fielding's contemporary and rival Samuel Richardson and is composed, like Pamela, in epistolary form. Shamela is written as a shocking revelation of the true events which took place in the life of Pamela Andrews, the main heroine of Pamela. From Shamela we learn that, instead of being a kind, humble, and chaste servant-girl, Pamela (whose true name turns out to be Shamela) is in fact a wicked and lascivious creature, scheming to entrap her master, Squire Booby, into marriage. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Narrator: Patti Cunningham
Shamela: Kristingj
Williams: Martin Geeson
Tickletext: Chuck Williamson
Lucretia: April Gonzales
Henrietta: Margaret Espaillat
Oliver: Algy Pug
Booby: Herman Roskams
Puff: Bob Gonzalez
Conny: NoelBadrian

Editor: Patti Cunningham (1 hr 38 min)


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Part 2 52:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Shamela, an overlooked gem

(5 stars)

I have fallen in love (or lust) with Shamela. the entire cast was excellent, especially kristingj as Shamela and Margearet Espalliet as her Mother. I highly recommend it.


(3 stars)

was pretty funny. you can definitely tell the authors did not like each other.

so funny even funnier after the original Pamela

(5 stars)

the readers voices are also great

(5 stars)

Good mixed cast. Happy this record is available on LibriVox


(5 stars)

Another of Henry Fielding’s brilliant satire. Well read. Enjoy!