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Like Tom Jones before him, Barry Lyndon is one of the most lively and roguish characters in English literature. He may now be best known through the colorful Stanley Kubrick film released in 1975, but it is Thackeray who, in true 19th-century style, shows him best.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • BB
  • 14/06/2014

A masterful reading

If you've seen Stanley Kubrick's film of "Barry Lyndon," you know the story but not the character. Ryan O'Neal played Barry Lyndon as a rather tender innocent who becomes spoiled by exposure to cheats and tricksters, but Thackeray's Barry Lyndon was quite a different person. He is boastful, conceited, loud-mouthed, a lecher, a gambler, a blackmailer, a liar, and a drunk. "I never struck my wife but when I was in liquor," he comments at one point, as if it was sufficient justification. In other words, he is one of the great anti-heroes of fiction, a man who manages to insult his mother as pretentious, long-winded and vain in the same moment as he is praising her loyalty. Thackeray was making fun of the so-called Irish nobility, who claimed to be descendants of kings while living in "castles" little better than hovels, and "Barry Lyndon" is a satire painted in broad, comic strokes. Jonathan Keeble's reading is one of the finest I've heard in the course of listen to over a hundred Audible titles. He wrings every comic drop from the text, even getting a good laugh just by his interpretation of Thackeray's blanks ("the Duke of ___"). I can't imagine anyone giving a better performance of this text. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Generale
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  • John
  • 10/03/2018

Rogue State

The picaresque novel is an irresistible genre. When it follows the sincere but misguided exploits of a Quixote or Pickwick, the result is enchanting. When it follows the adventures of a self-inflated, morally moribund, sophistical rogue who defines "honor" as a matter of dressing, rather than acting, properly, the result is appalling. And fascinating. Like Vanity Fair, this is a novel without a hero.

A passing acquaintance with late 18th Century European history, such as the Seven Years' War and the habits and hypocrisies of Frederick the Great, will heighten your enjoyment. (Barry's barb, "What would Voltaire say?" hits home like a snide thunderbolt.) But it's not essential; Barry's own habits and hypocrisies--and those of the world he strives to inhabit--are more than enough to be getting on with.

Thackeray succeeds so well in recreating the tone of the 18th Century, it's hard to remember that the novel was published in 1844. Jonathan Keeble shines here just as brightly as he did when rendering the career of that other famous, more likable rogue, Lord Byron's Don Juan.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Peter
  • 11/10/2017

Admirers of the Kubrick movie are in for a suprise

The movie is one of my all-time favourites and I've seen it numerous times. It's a brilliant performance. The book is quite different. This Lyndon is an out-and-out scoundrel and liar, and it's an excellent example of the 'unreliable narrator' mode of fiction. Kubrick took what he wanted and abandoned the rest. Thackeray himself thought of it as something of a failure, and lost interest in it when the serial form did not find approval with readers. This shows: all the later part is very cursory. It's extremely verbose and despite the reader's best efforts (he is very good) I skipped forward a couple of times to get the plot moving again. I got to the end but it was a bit of a struggle. Compared to 'Vanity Fair' this is minor stuff.

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  • Generale
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Pelham
  • 19/02/2013

A morality tale made great fun.

Would you consider the audio edition of Barry Lyndon to be better than the print version?

Yes--the story itself is the well-worn 19th-century story of the ne'er-do-well who finally gets what's coming to him. But the energy of the reader, Jonathan Keeble, keeps you engaged.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It's what's long signaled in the text. Satisfying for the moral purpose.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

See above. He takes expressive and interpretive risks that might be overdone in another story but work very well in this one. From my other reading of Thackeray I expect the author would have approved the result, and enjoyed it as much as I did.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Forget the '70s film--this one's much more fun.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Bunto Skiffler
  • 16/03/2013

Keeble really tears it up (Chapter Four ending)

I saw the Kubrick film 'Barry Lyndon' growing up and always enjoyed the smart narration between scenes. Especially the line at the ending "we are all the same in the end". You'll probably have to listen to the early chapters twice-over to start understanding the prose easily, but after decompressing it's very enjoyable. My favorite chapters so far are on Minden & the Military. Strong anti-war coming from a victorian author, go figure.

Johnathan Keeble is an excellent reader here. Will be keeping an eye out for his other productions.

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  • Generale
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  • Damian
  • 20/06/2020

Under the elegant pen of Thackeray and the

spell of Jonathan Keeble’s narration, the story of rogue Barry Lyndon and his “infamous persecutions” kept me wonderfully entertained...and amused. Keebles ability to imbue the “autobiographer’s” self-adulation with such conviction - and yet maintain the author’s facetious intent - not to mention the narrator’s multitude of accents and voices was nothing short of amazing. There are some readers who may carp over some not so politically correct stereotypes, but to them I say “grow up” And commend the rascals tale to anyone in search of splendid Writing and first rate narration.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Omar
  • 04/08/2021

Amazing

Well worth the Kubrick adaptation amazing in its story telling and it’s time period accuracy.

  • Generale
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  • Reeka
  • 03/04/2021

what a journey!

loved it. cliché to say, better than the movie, but that does indeed ring true.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • MD
  • 01/08/2020

Not what I expected - and pretty boring

Jonathan Keeble is great as usually, but not one of his best.

They novel moved very slow, and did not keep my attention most of the time. The different parts of the main character's life were not very eventful and there was too much time spent on the multiple parts. Too many different characters throughout that had little to do with the overall story/plot. Honestly, I tired to finish it, but couldn't.

I don't recommend it

  • Generale
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  • Timothy Jon Wilson
  • 23/10/2017

a liar's glory days

he's an unreliable narrator. most of the tale is fantastically told, it's fun to try and parse the reality out of it. he's becomes so detestable at the end, It does become interesting trying to find anyone innocent of wickedness at the end.

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  • Mr MacKenzie Barker
  • 27/11/2021

meh

I'm sure it's a good book but it seems to stagnate at certain points and I find myself zoning out alot. I also don't really understand "high society" or the older days these people had no jobs and did nothing all day yet had so much £££ seems like all they did was spend money and to to balls and constantly worry about Thier status. waste of time.