The History of Pendennis


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(3.5 stars; 5 reviews)

In Pendennis, William Makepeace Thackeray skillfully shows the coming of age of Arthur Pendennis, a young gentleman trying to make his way in the world. Pen's difficulties in finding his place in the difficult maze of social obstacles are created to some extent by his being raised in the country and being from an ancient though impoverished family. We follow his course from the village in which he was raised via Oxbridge to London, meeting the most memorable characters, falling in and out of love, navigating the difficulties of society, and hopefully finally arriving at a happy end. - Summary by Carolin (10 hr 50 min)

Chapters

Dedication and Preface 6:23 Read by Kristin Lewis
Chapter I, Shows how First Love may interrupt Breakfast 12:43 Read by Eli27
Chapter II, A Pedigree and other Family Matters 49:12 Read by Kristin Lewis
Chapter III, In which Pendennis appears as a very young Man indeed 40:46 Read by Winston Coltart
Chapter IV, Mrs. Haller 26:17 Read by MargaretD
Chapter V, Mrs. Haller at Home 34:04 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter VI, Contains both Love and War 27:41 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter VII, In which the Major makes his Appearance 29:28 Read by jenno
Chapter VIII, In which Pen is kept waiting at the Door, while the Reader is inf… 29:43 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter IX, In which the Major opens the Campaign 18:34 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter X, Facing the Enemy 14:11 Read by Mike Moffatt
Chapter XI, Negotiation 21:14 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XII, In which a Shooting Match is proposed 19:48 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XIII, A Crisis 23:42 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XIV, In which Miss Fotheringay makes a new Engagement 17:56 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XV, The happy Village 29:28 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XVI, More Storms in the Puddle 29:31 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XVII, Which concludes the first Part of this History 28:22 Read by Michelle Tan
Chapter XVIII, Alma Mater 29:28 Read by jenno
Chapter XIX, Pendennis of Boniface 42:56 Read by jenno
Chapter XX, Rake’s Progress 35:41 Read by jenno
Chapter XXI, Flight after Defeat 24:05 Read by jenno
Chapter XXII, Prodigal’s Return 27:09 Read by jenno
Chapter XXIII, New Faces 41:40 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXIV, A Little Innocent 31:14 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXV, Contains both Love and Jealousy 26:02 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXVI, A House full of Visitors 35:45 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXVII, Contains some Ball-practising 22:32 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXVIII, Which is both Quarrelsome and Sentimental 34:55 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXIX, Babylon 29:43 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXX, The Knights of the Temple 23:37 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXI, Old and new Acquaintances 31:01 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXII, In which the Printer’s Devil comes to the Door 33:04 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXIII, Which is passed in the Neighbourhood of Ludgate Hill 28:36 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXIV, In which the History still hovers about Fleet Street 16:09 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXV, Dinner in the Row 27:26 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXVI, The Pall Mall Gazette 16:30 Read by Joseph Tabler
Chapter XXXVII, Where Pen appears in Town and Country 38:33 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XXXVIII, In which the Sylph reappears 25:35 Read by jenno
Chapter XXXIX, Colonel Altamont appears and disappears 27:06 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XL, Relates to Mr. Harry Foker’s Affairs 28:31 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLI, Carries the Reader both to Richmond and Greenwich 21:28 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLII, Contains a novel Incident 26:54 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLIII, Alsatia 21:31 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLIV, In which the Colonel narrates some of his Adventures 25:08 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLV, A Chapter of Conversations 34:30 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLVI, Miss Amory’s Partners 32:43 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLVII, Monseigneur s’amuse 38:33 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLVIII, A Visit of Politeness 15:58 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter XLIX, In Shepherd’s Inn 17:29 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter L, Or near the Temple Garden 24:07 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LI, The happy Village again 19:13 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LII, Which had very nearly been the last of the Story 29:00 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LIII, A critical Chapter 23:56 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LIV, Convalescence 32:38 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LV, Fanny’s Occupation’s gone 28:24 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LVI, In which Fanny engages a new Medical Man 30:02 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LVII, Foreign Ground 33:49 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LVIII, 'Fairoaks to let' 26:17 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LIX, Old Friends 31:29 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LX, Explanations 21:32 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXI, Conversations 35:05 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXII, The Way of the World 41:45 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXIII, Which accounts perhaps for Chapter LXI. 32:02 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXIV, Phyllis and Corydon 12:40 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXV, Temptation 28:24 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXVI, In which Pen begins his Canvass 22:11 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXVII, In which Pen begins to doubt about his Election 32:21 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXVIII, In which the Major is bidden to Stand and Deliver 28:12 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXIX, In which the Major neither yields his Money nor his Life 21:06 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXX, In which Pendennis counts his Eggs 16:56 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXI, Fiat Justitia 21:07 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXII, In which the Decks begin to clear 17:36 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXIII, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Huxter 25:07 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXIV, Shows how Arthur had better have taken a Return-ticket 18:32 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXV, A Chapter of Match-making 20:14 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter LXXVI, Exeunt Omnes 46:18 Read by Jim Locke

Reviews


(2 stars)

I would give the story 3 to 4 stars, but I found the primary reader very difficult to listen to.