Evelina


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(4.5 stars; 127 reviews)

In this epistolary novel, we find a young woman named Evelina, who was raised in rural seclusion until her eighteenth year because of her uncertain parentage. Through a series of harrowing and humorous events that take place in London and an English resort town, Evelina learns how to navigate the complex layers of 18th century society and earn the love of a distinguished and honorable nobleman. This comedy of manners often satirizes the society in which it is set; Evelina is a significant precursor to later works by Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth, whose novels explore many of the same issues. (from Evelina’s Wikipedia entry, modified by ettelocin) (15 hr 52 min)

Chapters

00 - Original inscription, dedication, and preface 14:35 Read by Great Plains
01 - LETTER I. Lady Howard to the Rev. Mr. Villars 4:27 Read by Kristine Bekere
02 - LETTER II. Mr. Villars to Lady Howard 10:03 Read by Ed Meade
03 - LETTER III. Lady Howard to the Rev. Mr. Villars 3:07 Read by Kristine Bekere
04 - LETTER IV. Mr. Villars to Lady Howard 6:25 Read by Ed Meade
05 - LETTER V. Mr. Villars to Lady Howard 1:22 Read by Ed Meade
06 - LETTER VI. Lady Howard to the Rev. Mr. Villars 3:21 Read by Kristine Bekere
07 - LETTER VII. Lady Howard to the Rev. Mr. Villars 3:44 Read by Kristine Bekere
08 - LETTER VIII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 3:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
09 - LETTER IX. Mr. Villars to Evelina 1:50 Read by Ed Meade
10 - LETTER X. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 6:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
11 - LETTER XI. Evelina in Continuation 14:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
12 - LETTER XII. Evelina in Continuation 10:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
13 - LETTER XIII. Evelina in Continuation 22:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
14 - LETTER XIV. Evelina in Continuation 12:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
15 - LETTER XV. Mr. Villars to Evelina. 5:19 Read by Ed Meade
16 - LETTER XVI. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 23:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
17 - LETTER XVII. Evelina in Continuation 10:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
18 - LETTER XVIII. Evelina in Continuation 5:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
19 - LETTER XIX. Evelina in Continuation 10:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
20 - LETTER XX. Evelina in Continuation 13:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
21 - LETTER XXI. Evelina in Continuation 40:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
22 - LETTER XXII. Evelina in Continuation 7:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
23 - LETTER XXIII. Evelina in Continuation 26:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
24 - LETTER XXIV. Mr. Villars to Evelina. 5:21 Read by Ed Meade
25 - LETTER XXV. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 8:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
26 - LETTER XXVI. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 6:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
27 - LETTER XXVII. Lady Howard to the Rev. Mr. Villars 4:37 Read by Kristine Bekere
28 - LETTER XXVIII. Mr. Villars to Lady Howard 13:00 Read by Ed Meade
29 - LETTER XXIX. Mr. Villars to Evelina. 1:33 Read by Ed Meade
30 - LETTER XXX. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 2:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
31 - LETTER XXXI. Lady Howard to Sir John Belmont, Bart 4:25 Read by Kristine Bekere
32 - LETTER XXXII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 4:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
33 - LETTER XXXIII. Evelina in Continuation 35:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
34 - LETTER XXXIV. Evelina in Continuation 12:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
35 - LETTER XXXV. Sir John Belmont to Lady Howard 1:41 Read by Jason Talley
36 - LETTER XXXVI. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 5:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
37 - LETTER XXXVII. Mr. Villars to Evelina 4:13 Read by Ed Meade
38 - LETTER XXXVIII. Mr. Villars to Lady Howard 4:38 Read by Ed Meade
39 - LETTER XXXIX. Mr. Villars to Evelina 2:27 Read by Ed Meade
40 - LETTER XL. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 16:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
41 - LETTER XLI. Evelina to Miss Mirvan 3:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
42 - LETTER XLII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 14:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
43 - LETTER XLIII. Evelina in Continuation 12:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
44 - LETTER XLIV. Evelina in Continuation 7:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
45 - LETTER XLV. Evelina in Continuation 10:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
46 - LETTER XLVI. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 31:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
47 - LETTER XLVII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 14:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
48 - LETTER XLVIII. Evelina in Continuation 8:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
49 - LETTER XLIX. Mr. Villars to Evelina 4:25 Read by Ed Meade
50 - LETTER L. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 18:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
51 - LETTER LI. Evelina in Continuation 14:47 Read by Elizabeth Klett
52 - LETTER LII. Evelina in Continuation 16:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
53 - LETTER LIII. Evelina in Continuation 10:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
54 - LETTER LIV. Evelina in Continuation 16:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
55 - LETTER LV. Evelina in Continuation 6:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
56 - LETTER LVI. Mr. Villars to Evelina 1:50 Read by Ed Meade
57 - LETTER LVII. Evelina to Miss Mirvan 5:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
58 - LETTER LVIII. Evelina to Miss Mirvan 8:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
59 - LETTER LIX. Evelina in Continuation 6:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
60 - LETTER LX. Evelina in Continuation 15:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
61 - LETTER LXI. Evelina in Continuation 3:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
62 - LETTER LXII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 11:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
63 - LETTER LXIII. Evelina in Continuation 13:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
64 - LETTER LXIV. Evelina in Continuation 25:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
65 - LETTER LXV. Evelina in Continuation 6:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
66 - LETTER LXVI. Evelina in Continuation 24:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
67 - LETTER LXVII. Mr. Villars to Evelina 7:17 Read by Ed Meade
68 - LETTER LXVIII. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 12:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
69 - LETTER LXIX. Evelina in Continuation 4:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
70 - LETTER LXX. Evelina in Continuation 13:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
71 - LETTER LXXI. Evelina in Continuation 1:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
72 - LETTER LXXII. Evelina in Continuation 31:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
73 - LETTER LXXIII. Mr. Villars to Evelina 4:53 Read by Ed Meade
74 - LETTER LXXIV. Lady Belmont to Sir John Belmont 5:47 Read by Nikki Sullivan
75 - LETTER LXXV. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 20:04 Read by Elizabeth Klett
76 - LETTER LXXVI. Evelina in Continuation 18:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
77 - LETTER LXXVII. Evelina in Continuation 34:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
78 - LETTER LXXVIII. Evelina in Continuation 13:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
79 - LETTER LXXIX. Evelina in Continuation 9:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
80 - LETTER LXXX. Evelina in Continuation 18:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
81 - LETTER LXXXI. Evelina in Continuation 6:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
82 - LETTER LXXXII. Evelina in Continuation 35:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
83 - LETTER LXXXIII. Mr. Villars to Evelina 3:07 Read by Ed Meade
84 - LETTER LXXXIV. Evelina to the Rev. Mr. Villars 1:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Wonderfully Read


(5 stars)

Do not be put off by the original preface which is the first thing you hear when listening to this book. Her style of writing the book itself is completely different and much easier to listen to. The cast of characters that Fanny Burney depicts in her book range from the sweetest to the most ridiculous to the most obnoxious. It is a long but enjoyable read.

Lovely! intriguing plot.


(5 stars)

in a mood for Austin and Bronte but having exhausted those venues, I was so excited to hear about how Fanny Burney was not only roughly contemporary with and similar to, but actually also inspired Austin's own works (there is a definite sense of Northanger Abbey in the beginning of the book, though this heroine is a little more inspirational and easier to sympathize with). I was not disappointed and it will be pursuing all of her other books. the narrative style the entire book written through correspondence was fine, and I loved how there were different readers for each character writing the letters. Elizabeth Klett is my favorite reader in any LibriVox book and she does a fantastic job with the many characters described by the heroine.

Great way of organizing the readings


(4 stars)

I appreciated that each of the narrators only read letters that were written by the same character. It was a clever way of having several readers while making the narration feel consistent. The story itself was good as well. The characters and their motives are straightforward but still entertaining. I can definitively see how later writers such as Austen were influenced by Burney’s works

Superb Reading, Good Story


(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Elizabeth Klett does the majority of the reading, and does it in her faultless way. The other readers are good enough. The story might have been a bit predictable, but it had a couple little twists that kept things interesting.

very interesting, very well read.


(4 stars)

the story duels sometimes very long upon distressing situations Evelina passes through and that was a little too much at the moment, but in the end it all makes sence and have a beautiful ending.

Early Romance, Drags a Bit


(4 stars)

Using multiple voices for each character's letters works well. Language is a bit florid and exaggerated to today's ears, but in best romance, they (almost) live happily ever after.


(3.5 stars)

Well written period literature. Characters personalities are engaging. Similar to Jane Austin writings. Love the extensive vocabulary, words now almost forgotten.

such a great book!! I really enjoyed it, was sad when it finishe


(5 stars)