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Helen

Helen Richmond, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "Wonderful story"

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    I love Arnold Bennett. He tells a great story, bringing out the romance of people in and from a rather grim Victorian Potteries town. Immerse yourself in his world and let yourself go. It's a compliment to say I didn't notice the narration.

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    The Old Wives' Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By David Haig
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    First published in 1908, The Old Wives' Tale tells the story of the Baines sisters shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters' lives from childhood in their father's drapery shop in provincial Bursley during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women.

    Jane says: "Slow down and let yourself go"
  • "Superb reading makes story come alive"

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    I have always enjoyed reading Trollope but of course he is not as dramatic - or melodramatic - as Dickens. This reading brings out the light and shade in his writing. With the subtlest of accents or voices Timothy West breathes fascination into the whole book. Perhaps one of the features that make some readers find Trollope dull is that the commentary by the narrator is so understated. Giving each character his or her own distinctive voice keeps the attention of the listener. It's a virtuoso performance.

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    Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    Francis says: "West is best"
  • "My favourite Daphne du Maurier"

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    I always loved this story which we know from the start will be bittersweet. How much more romantic could it be? Their love transcends disability, war, exile and ruin.



    Juliet Stephenson reads it very well, so that you hardly notice her.

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    The King's General

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    As the horrors of the English civil war blight her future, divide her family, and destroy her peace, Honor Harris shares Sir Richard Grenville's final tragedy.

    Maureen says: "The King's General"
  1. The Old Wives' Tale
  2. Barchester Towers
  3. The King's General
  4. .

A powerful 20th century classic

The timeless tale of Pip

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