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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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What listeners say about Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady, Volume 2

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A Dramatic Triumph

Lucy Scott's performance of the title character is the finest audiobook interpretation I have ever heard. Every sentence, every phrase is read with a tone at once urgent and intimate, as if to draw the listener into her confidence and persuade.

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he is not a man but a bealzabub

I enjoyed the second book of Clarissa much less than the first. This book is mostly letters between two men who are pigs who use and abuse women. Frankly, it was sad to me that such men have existed since time began. Even sadder is the fact that women allow other women to fall in the same trap that swallowed them. Like female characters who are angels, I found it hard to believe that anyone could be as bad as the male anti-hero in this book. I found it difficult to listen to his plans and first increased the speed of the book. When that wasn't sufficient, I started skipping his letters altogether. As another reviewer mentioned, I just couldn't listen to his devilish plans. Instead I kept up with the plot by reading the other letters only.

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This is Goodbye!

From my Goodreads update: I'm 64% done with Clarissa

That's enough. I've endured this unending novel too long. That it is long isn't the issue. What I can't take is that one of the two main protagonists is a misogynist of the first order who makes it the sole purpose of his life to indulge in the mistreatment of women. I don't have to put up with it. I won't put up with it. Lovelace and your ilk: please die now, both in fiction and in life. I won't have it. Adieu.

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  • Dog in a Flat Cap
  • 08-22-18

Truly outstanding

I have just reached the end of volume 2 and am beside myself that volume 3 is not yet on audible!! I have been reading the actual book alongside the audiobook so can resume the story; but I’ve been so much enjoying the audiobook that I’m disappointed not to be able to continue listening.

As far as the narration goes, i love Lucy Scott’s voice and recently enjoyed her reading Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying - which was how I happened to find her narration of Clarissa’s letters in this gargantuan epistolary novel.

As for the novel itself, it’s an absolute masterpiece. If I could award more than 5 stars I would.

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  • J M
  • 07-19-20

Clarissa Volume 2

A slightly more difficult listen than Volume 1, but once again, a very high quality audiobook that is well worth persevering with.