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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

Henry Fielding

The ‘Voice of the Year’ competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel – Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks’ managing director Nicolas Soames – chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks. The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement of the same novel. ‘We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,’ said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.

The ‘Voice of the Year’ competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel – Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks’ managing director Nicolas Soames – chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks. The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement of the same novel. ‘We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,’ said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

The ‘Voice of the Year’ competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel – Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks’ managing director Nicolas Soames – chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks. The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement of the same novel. ‘We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,’ said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Maurice West

Length:

6h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:25

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:13


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:28


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:00


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:20


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:18


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:54


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:50