Precious Bane Audiobook, by Mary Webb Play Audiobook Sample

Precious Bane Audiobook

Precious Bane Audiobook, by Mary Webb Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Justine Eyre Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799928072

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Longest Chapter Length:

42:53 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:09 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

20:01 minutes

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Publisher Description

A haunting tale of passion set in Shropshire in the 1800s

Born at the time of Waterloo in the wild countryside of Shropshire, England, Prudence Sarn is a passionate girl, cursed with a harelip—her “precious bane.” She is cursed for it, too, by the superstitious people amongst whom she lives. Prue loves two things: the remote countryside of her birthplace and, hopelessly, Kester Woodseaves, the weaver. The tale of how Kester gradually discerns Prue’s true beauty is set against the tragic drama of Prue’s brother, Gideon, a man who is out of harmony with the natural world and whose recklessness may ensnare them all in tragedy.

Winner of the 1926 Prix Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, which was similarly awarded to such books as Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, and Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm, Precious Bane is a novel that haunts us with its beauty and its timeless truths about our deepest hopes.

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“It is a genuine pleasure to listen to Justine Eyre narrate this treasure of an audiobook set in the English countryside of the early nineteenth century. There is a naturalness and fluidity to her performance that renders the formal language fresh for contemporary ears. Eyre’s characterizations are excellent as she shifts among the male and female personalities, giving each a beating heart and a textured vibrancy.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both ‘inscape’ and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland.”

    — Mail on Sunday (UK), praise for the author
  • “Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words.”

    — John Buchan, praise for the author


  • Winner of the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse

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About Mary Webb

Mary Webb (1881–1927), poet, mystic, and lover of nature, spent most of her life in Shropshire, England, which features in all of her novels. Admiring contemporaries described Webb as a “strange genius” and “one of the best living writers.” After a life of illness and near-poverty, Webb died in Hampstead, England.

About Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.