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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Cleland

Narrated By: Various Readers

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 9 hours 29 minutes


Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read English novel in the genre “Erotica.” It was written by John Cleland as he was serving hard time at a debtor’s prison in London. Over the centuries, the novel has been repeatedly banned by authorities, assuring its preeminent role in the history of the ongoing struggle against censorship of free expression.

Until Fanny Hill, previous heroines had conducted their amorous liaisons “off-stage.” Any erotic misadventures were described euphemistically. As women who had gone astray, they always repented, which made even their most outrageous dalliances somehow suitable for a moralistic readership. The protagonist of Fanny Hill, however, never repented a single moment of her sexual exploits … quite the contrary! And with Fanny, the devil is in the details, realistically described. (Summary by Denny Mike)


  • jack erickson

    Fantastic words with eloquent descriptions. Awesome author. JEE

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Teresa Frerking

    This was, without a doubt, the worst narration I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. I couldn't even finish the book. What a disappointment.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Deborah A.

    This was supposed to be a free book. No wonder why. And the Narrator didn’t help. Awful!

  • angee T

    It was a good book and most of the readers were outstanding. One of readers was terrible tho. This person sounded like a minister and made me feel ashamed for listening to the book. Also when he read it didn't make much sense like he didn't know or understand what he was reading. That is the only part I would change

  • Scott Yeakey

    Open your mind and let your imagination complete the story. It does not hang on male or female storytellers.

  • Anonymous

    Worst narrating I have ever heard which put me off

  • Jill Rinna

    Please; a man reading a women's memoirs just does NOT "sell" the story line. Thankfully the audio loop does switch it up between the parts of the book and you do get a break from the male voice to a female voice for a period of time. Oh what a difference that makes! I know, it is difficult to get orators; and most are volunteers but please place a female voice where it should be if it serves such an impact to the story.

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