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Beautiful, proud Roxana is terrified of being poor. When her husband leaves her penniless with five children, she must choose between being a virtuous beggar or a rich whore.

Embarking on a career as a courtesan and kept woman, Roxana passes from man to man in order to maintain her lavish, glamorous lifestyle. But this life comes at a cost; she is torn between sinful prosperity and the respectability she craves.

Public Domain (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"Roxana is possibly Defoe's most fascinating story-teller and this, one of his most intriguing stories." ( Daily Telegraph)

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Right narrator for Defoe's psychology

Juanita McMahon becomes Roxana, the titular heroine, infusing the confession (for such it is) with gravitas, wit, tenderness and humanity. However, she is best as Amy, Roxana's maidservant and friend. One senses that she had the most fun voicing Amy.

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Cannot hold myself from recommending it.

Cannot hold myself from recommending it. It was so well read. So well written. Nothing to Complain.

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  • Andrea Zuvich
  • 04-24-15

This was wonderful!

What did you like most about Roxana?

I'm surprised at the negative reviews for this classic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and though Juanita McMahon's delivery was excellent - she brought the characters to life with her masterful delivery.

Published in 1724, and in the first-person as a memoir, “Roxana” describes her youth, marriage to a whom man she often refers to as “a fool” and the dire straits she found herself in following her abandonment by this man (the brewer).

I would, however, recommend potential readers who listen to this audiobook to also seek the full 1745 edition – as this gives a fuller ending (a common cause for complaint is the abruptness of the ending in the original and in the abridged versions).

I have to say, by the end of the story I was sad to be parted from Roxana's world. I had grown so attached; it surprised me!

Which character – as performed by Juanita McMahon – was your favourite?

She was excellent with Roxana and the two male characters who stood out the most because of her great delivery were the Prince in France and the Dutch merchant.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she reunites with the Dutch merchant.

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  • 08-06-20

A bore compared to Moll Flanders

A bore compared to Moll Flanders. I got to the end with relief....and his last book.