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A milestone in the history of the novel, Samuel Richardson’s epistolary and elaborate Clarissa follows the life of a chaste young woman desperate to protect her virtue. When beautiful Clarissa Harlowe is forced to marry the rich but repulsive Mr. Solmes, she refuses, much to her family’s chagrin. She escapes their persecution with the help of Mr. Lovelace, a dashing and seductive rake, but soon finds herself in a far worse dilemma.

Terrifying and enlightening, Clarissa weaves a tapestry of narrative experimentation into a gripping morality tale of good versus evil. The recording is divided into three volumes.

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  • Lynnea Coffin
  • 2020-06-02

Worth Every Cent and Second

Beautiful and terrible, the past laus itself bare in Clarissa for all the modern praise and damnation that can be given it. At once progressive in deigning to provide the titular fallen woman a redemption and an apparent soul, is at the same time regressive in maintaining, staunchly and explicitly, that this redemption is ONLY merited by her approved *virtue* whereas she would join the ranks of her sex that, implicitly, deserve their fate at the hands of evil men. This novel was alarming, exhausting, and infinitely fascinating throughout its entire run. Excellent production and performance by cast and crew heighten the stakes and realize the trembling vibrancy, excitement and fear experienced by Clarissa, as well as the coldness of her relatives and the ardent grotesqueness of Lovelace. I highly reccommend to those who are already predisposed to the historical and academic enjoyments of a novel of this age and kind and would also attest it to be worthwhile of the time spent (especially if listened to at 2 or 2.5 speed, as I did) as well as the triple credit, if for no other reason to have successfully completed the novel that still holds (even after 250 years!) the title to the longest printed in the English language.

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  • Reed
  • 2021-04-17

Stupendous production!

This wonderful, far-too-long novel I would never have read in its entirety but for the lively delivery and many voices that make this piece play like a string quartet. Abundant thanks to the actors, directors, and producers.

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  • Harold
  • 2021-04-07

Worth every minute

The cast and producers of Naxos Audiobook's Clarissa have produced a recording that will probably do more to enlarge the novel's audience than any single printed edition since its publication in 1748. As in the first two volumes, Lucy Scott's reading of the Clarissa is a dramatic triumph that captures the heroine's spiritual insight mingled with self-deception. The supporting cast is outstanding, with readings that frequently reminded me of listening to Shakespeare. The listener who perseveres through the three volumes of this recording will gain an understanding of Samuel Johnson's judgement of Clarissa as "the first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart."

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  • Pippimonster
  • 2020-08-08

It was great until Letter 333.

Clarissa is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, and I loved the first two volumes of this audiobook. Things were going along fine in volume three until Belford, in a letter to Lovelace, began recounting what Clarissa had said when he visited her. He sounded as though he were mocking her. This is such a tender, sensitive text, and the narrator destroyed it; I had to skip his letters and revert back to my paperback as they were too insulting to listen to. All other narrators were excellent, however, and the book is definitely worth reading.