The Expedition of Humphry Clinker


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(4.2 stars; 17 reviews)

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was the last of the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett, and is considered by many to be his best and funniest work.

Published in London on 17 June 1771, it is an epistolary novel, presented in the form of letters written by six different characters: Matthew Bramble, a Welsh Squire; his sister Tabitha; their niece and nephew, Jery and Lydia Melford; Tabitha's maid Winifred Jenkins; and Lydia's suitor, Wilson.

Much of the comedy arises from differences in the descriptions of the same events by different participants. Attributions of motives and descriptions of behavior show wild variation and reveal much about the character of the teller. The setting, amidst the high-society spa towns and seaside resorts of the 18th century provides his characters with many opportunities for satirical observations on English life and manners. (Summary by Wikipedia) (17 hr 32 min)

Chapters

from JONATHAN DUSTWICH to Mr HENRY DAVIS 5:12 Read by David Lawrence
from HENRY DAVIS To the Revd. Mr JONATHAN DUSTWICH 5:18 Read by Rachel Lintern
from M. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 2:31 Read by Debra Lynn
from TABITHA BRAMBLE to Mrs GWYLLIM 2:46 Read by Ruth Golding
from WIN. JENKINS to Mrs MARY JONES 2:18 Read by TriciaG
from JER. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 4:49 Read by Martin Geeson
from LYDIA MELFORD To Mrs JERMYN 2:49 Read by Neeru Iyer
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 3:32 Read by Neeru Iyer
from M. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 9:48 Read by Debra Lynn
from WILSON To Miss LYDIA MELFORD 4:12 Read by Amy
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 14:54 Read by Martin Geeson
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 9:42 Read by Martin Geeson
from MAT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 900 words 5:35 Read by Debra Lynn
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LETTY WILLIS 6:03 Read by Neeru Iyer
from J. MELFORD to Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 21:03 Read by Martin Geeson
from M. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 13:05 Read by Debra Lynn
from LYDIA MELFORD to Miss WILLIS 9:48 Read by Neeru Iyer
from WIN. JENKINS to Mrs MARY JONES 5:50 Read by TriciaG
from TABITHA BRAMBLE To Mrs GWYLLIM 4:26 Read by Ruth Golding
from MATT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 7:58 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD to Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 20:34 Read by Martin Geeson
from MAT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 9:26 Read by Debra Lynn
from LYDIA MELFORD to Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 4:22 Read by Neeru Iyer
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 17:35 Read by Martin Geeson
from M. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 6:24 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 13:43 Read by Martin Geeson
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 4:49 Read by TriciaG
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 12:01 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 6:28 Read by Debra Lynn
from TAB. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 2:52 Read by Ruth Golding
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 24:45 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 10:38 Read by Debra Lynn
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 12:24 Read by Neeru Iyer
from J. MELFORD to Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 22:01 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 14:50 Read by Debra Lynn
from WIN. JENKINS to Mrs MARY JONES 6:37 Read by TriciaG
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 25:05 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 14:59 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 32:23 Read by Martin Geeson
from LYDIA MELFORD to Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 6:15 Read by Neeru Iyer
from J. MELFORD to Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 18:12 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 11:42 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 20:55 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE to Dr LEWIS 4:38 Read by Debra Lynn
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 3:41 Read by TriciaG
from T. BRAMBLE To Mrs GWYLLIM 3:32 Read by Ruth Golding
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 17:43 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 4726 words 26:09 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 23:02 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 12:46 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 20:45 Read by Martin Geeson
J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 37:03 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 14:37 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 25:20 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 9:50 Read by Debra Lynn
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 5:13 Read by TriciaG
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 32:19 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 12:18 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 27:59 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 15:19 Read by Debra Lynn
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 19:25 Read by Debra Lynn
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 7:12 Read by Neeru Iyer
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 5:21 Read by TriciaG
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 20:11 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 14:13 Read by Debra Lynn
from TAB. BRAMBLE To Mrs GWILLIM 4:35 Read by Ruth Golding
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 15:33 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 14:17 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 30:40 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 29:15 Read by Martin Geeson
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 4:37 Read by TriciaG
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 6:52 Read by Neeru Iyer
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 8:50 Read by Martin Geeson
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 27:19 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 7:48 Read by Debra Lynn
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 19:51 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 10:02 Read by Martin Geeson
from LYDIA MELFORD To Miss LAETITIA WILLIS 4:51 Read by Neeru Iyer
from LYDIA MELFORD To Mrs JERMYN 2:54 Read by Neeru Iyer
from WIN. JENKINS To Mrs MARY JONES 5:00 Read by TriciaG
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 16:28 Read by Debra Lynn
from J. MELFORD To Sir WATKIN PHILLIPS 15:16 Read by Martin Geeson
from MATT. BRAMBLE To Dr LEWIS 3:31 Read by Debra Lynn
from TAB. LISMAHAGO To Mrs GWYLLIM 2:23 Read by Ruth Golding
from WIN. LOYD To Mrs MARY JONES 2:58 Read by TriciaG

Reviews

Improves as you progress


(3 stars)

It took me a while to get into the swing of Smollett's style but as I got used to it, I found this increasingly enjoyable. Having different narrators for the different authors of the letters worked well. Most of the narrators were very good but the one for Lydia Bramble was a bit hard to understand.


(4.5 stars)

This is a regular audiobook for me, a regular listen. Loses half a star purely because I get something akin to tourettes when Debra lynn talks about Scottish estuaries. (FIRTH!) She does a perfect Matt Bramble for all that. Top stuff. Everyone does a great job

great reading


(5 stars)

difficult to get into the story at first when you don't know the characters and who is reading. I recommend to read the description and to pay attention to the titles of the first sections. it is worth it.

Fayetta


(5 stars)

Wonderful story, it may be Smollett’s best work. Read by some of the best at Libravox.