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FIELDING, H.: History of Tom Jones - A Foundling (The) (Abridged)


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FIELDING, H.: History of Tom Jones - A Foundling (The) (Abridged)

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—6-CD set—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 6-CD recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.

Disc 1

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   In that part of the western division of this kingdom 00:02:26
2.   Mr Allworthy had been absent a full quarter of a year in London 00:03:29
3.   It was now the middle of May 00:02:14
4.   Not otherwise than when a kite, tremendous bird 00:03:42
5.   When Jenny appeared before him, Mr Allworthy took her into his study 00:02:13
6.   Neither Mr Allworthy's house, nor his heart 00:02:58
7.   It hath been observed, by wise men or women 00:04:33
8.   Eight months after the celebration of the nuptials 00:03:42
9.   There have been, in all ages and nations 00:02:05
10.   Mrs Wilkins brought back such a confirmation 00:02:48
11.   An affection placed on the understanding is, by many wise persons 00:03:48
12.   We are obliged to bring our hero on the stage 00:04:37
13.   Poor Jones spent a very melancholy night 00:02:22
14.   The name of this gentleman 00:04:31
15.   The reader may remember that Mr Allworthy gave Tom Jones 00:03:09
16.   Jones was lately grown very intimate with Mr Western 00:02:40
17.   The amiable Sophia was now in her eighteenth year 00:05:42
18.   Now, though this young gentleman, Jones 00:02:23
19.   Her mother first perceived the alteration in the shape of Molly 00:04:53
20.   Just as Tom arrived at Mr Allworthy's outward gate 00:02:29
21.   The reader will be pleased, I believe, to return with me to Sophia 00:03:59

Disc 2

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   Jones was ordered into a bed 00:03:59
2.   If Jones could hope to find no bar to his happiness from the daughter 00:03:21
3.   Molly remained a few moments in silence 00:03:49
4.   The infidelity of Molly, which Jones had now discovered 00:04:59
5.   Mr Western was become so fond of Jones 00:05:35
6.   Neither Thwackum nor Square were much satisfied with their legacies 00:02:53
7.   Jones retired from the company, into the fields 00:03:16
8.   When he perceived the enemy's approach, leaped forth our hero 00:03:04
9.   The rest of Mr Western's company were now come up 00:03:52
10.   To Mr Western's house 00:04:08
11.   Mr Allworthy had been engaged to dine with Mr Western 00:04:05
12.   Sophia was in her chamber, reading 00:03:43
13.   Mr Blifil soon arrived 00:05:39
14.   Soon after Jones had left Mr Western, his sister came to him 00:02:11
15.   Mr Allworthy was now retired from breakfast with his nephew 00:06:20
16.   Jones was commanded to leave the house immediately 00:04:39
17.   Sophia had passed the last twenty - four hours 00:03:45

Disc 3

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   Mrs Western had been engaged abroad all that day 00:02:14
2.   The morning in which Mr Jones departed 00:03:50
3.   Mrs Western proposed not only an immediate conclusion 00:02:51
4.   Mrs Honour no sooner heard a piece of news 00:04:04
5.   We left Mr Jones on his road to Bristol 00:03:50
6.   As for the landlord, he was prevented by his fears 00:02:39
7.   The other officers who marched with him were a French lieutenant 00:05:03
8.   Jones endeavoured to close his eyes, but all in vain 00:05:05
9.   The clock had now struck five when Jones awaked from a nap 00:04:22
10.   In the morning Jones grew a little uneasy 00:05:17
11.   Mr Jones and Partridge, or Little Benjamin 00:05:04
12.   Jones presently ran to lift up the old gentleman 00:05:56
13.   The day began to break, when Jones walked forth 00:03:07
14.   Jones helped Northerton upon his legs 00:02:54
15.   Mr Jones and his fair companion no sooner entered the town 00:05:34
16.   A serjeant and a file of musqueteers 00:03:58
17.   We think it no disparagement to our hero 00:03:45
18.   The fair one, enraged at her frequent disappointments 00:02:40

Disc 4

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   While our lovers were entertaining themselves 00:01:47
2.   Now the little trembling hare 00:05:02
3.   The landlady, remembering that Susan had been the only person 00:03:52
4.   The lady had no sooner laid herself on the pillow 00:02:40
5.   Sophia (for it was she herself) lay reclining her lovely head on her hand 00:03:57
6.   It was now past five in the morning 00:04:01
7.   Jones having, at length, shaken Mr Western off 00:04:11
8.   Before we proceed any further in our history 00:04:34
9.   Sophia, having directed her guide to travel through bye - roads 00:02:25
10.   Sophia now, at the desire of her cousin 00:03:57
11.   At length we are once more come to our hero 00:04:08
12.   Partridge began to prophesy 00:03:59
13.   They were got about two miles beyond Barnet 00:05:30
14.   From that figure which the Irish peer, who bought Sophia to town 00:04:32
15.   To dissuade Sophia from the match was an endeavour of the same kind 00:05:32
16.   Our company brought together in the morning 00:03:31
17.   Mr Nightingale, having taken a turn or two with his companion 00:05:50

Disc 5

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   Jones grew still more and more impatient to see Sophia 00:04:25
2.   Mr Jones was rather earlier than the time appointed 00:04:48
3.   This point being cleared up 00:04:24
4.   Jones had not been long gone 00:05:01
5.   Jones was no sooner alone than he eagerly broke open his letter 00:05:18
6.   The clock had now struck seven 00:03:25
7.   As to Squire Western 00:03:39
8.   We shalll now proceed to show by what method the squire discovered 00:03:28
9.   Jones was certainly at this instant in one of the most disagreeable 00:03:47
10.   Mr Nightingale came into Jones' room 00:03:23
11.   After some hesitation, Jones, upon the strength of this assurance 00:03:46
12.   We must now convey the reader to Mr Western's lodgings 00:04:49
13.   By the means of Black George 00:03:57
14.   The extraordinary tenderness which I have for my heroine 00:02:29
15.   Love had taken too deep a root in the mind of Lord Fellamar 00:04:22
16.   Mr Jones, at the appointed hour, attended on Mrs Fitzpatrick 00:03:28
17.   The reader hath been already often informed of the jealous temper 00:04:47

Disc 6

  The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling
1.   Mr Allworthy and Mrs Miller were just sat down to breakfast 00:03:17
2.   Mrs Miller had not long left the room when Mr Western entered 00:04:12
3.   Sophia's ill stars were not contented with all that she had suffered 00:05:27
4.   Whether it was that Fortune was apprehensive lest Jones should sink 00:04:59
5.   Mr Jones passed about twenty - four melancholy hours by himself 00:05:19
6.   While Mr Jones was employed in these unpleasant meditations 00:02:19
7.   Mr Allworthy, in talking with Mrs Miller and Mr Nightingale 00:05:25
8.   Allworthy recollected Partridge the moment he came into the room 00:03:17
9.   "Mr Allworthy," says she 00:03:52
10.   Allworthy was interrupted by the arrival of Mr Dowling 00:05:56
11.   At length Mr Allworthy arrived at Mr Western's 00:03:24
12.   "If this be your resolution," replied Allworthy 00:03:05
13.   When Allworthy returned to his lodgings 00:03:05
14.   Allworthy then acquainted Jones with the whole matter 00:02:30
15.   Jones, being now completely dressed 00:05:53
16.   At this instant Western, who had stood some time listening 00:04:49

Total Playing Time: 06:57:47

Fielding, Henry

West, Maurice

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: NA633112

Barcode: 9789626343319

Physical Release: 10/2004

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