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The Well of Loneliness

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Summary

Stephen Gordon is an ideal child of aristocratic parents - a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a best-selling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.

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Unintelligent narration, needs re recording

This is too important a book not to get one of your top narrators recording it. This reader is an improvement on the last , Less machine-like, but in many places it's obvious she doesn't realise what's she's just said out loud and gets the phrasing wrong, so the sentence meaning is fluffed. Done in a hurry by an inexperienced artist with a pretty voice. Disappointing. Get Juliet Stephenson, Emma Thompson or Maxine Peake. Historically, it's a big enough piece of work. And a bloody good book.

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Rubbish.

I couldn't finish this book it was terrible. obviously dated rubbish plot boring scenes. I don't like to abandon a book halfway through but I don't even got halfway with this one. Truly awful.

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My Favourite book.

Well narrated. Courageously discribes a controversial life in a misogynistic era. Still relevant today. Would have liked a better ending.

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  • aj
  • 14-12-18

this version really brings the story to life

this version really brings the story to life, dont hesitate to buy it and share it!

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Tragic but fascinating

Beautifully written and so interesting to read about LGBT life in the early 20th century. The reader has a lovely calm voice and is very good at all the accents in the book.

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A wonderful book with a rich story.

Loved this book. Expertly performed and exquisite in its descriptions. Uplifting and heart breaking in equal measures

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  • Bea Elwood
  • 01-04-17

Dickens-esc.

Well written and passionate. A classic.

Makes me want to read Willa Cather and Sarah Waters again.

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  • Deborah Murray
  • 09-05-20

excellent reading

I had read this book years ago. It's still exceptional reading for any age or reason.

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  • D. Stokes
  • 05-08-19

Tired

This book was 10 hours longer than it needed to be. I forced myself to listen to it, and again and again I would put it down. I finally finished it, and sadly I would never want to read from this author again. There were a few interesting parts, but just to long to describe what was a on going insecurity. I’m exhausted and not sure what happened at the end. But trust I will not go back.

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  • Shelia
  • 07-03-15

kept hoping it would get better. hated it

struggled to finish. after all of the dredging into thoughts and character...the reader was left to finish the storyline is the characters.

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  • Nancy Kors, Ph.D.
  • 20-01-15

Too long and too boring

Narrator was excellent. The book was way too long, way too many details that did not enhance the story at all. I would have stopped reading it except for the fact that it was my book club's choice. I definitely do not recommend it.