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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,076 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Webb Narrator: Maureen O'Sullivan, Dan O'Herlihy Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Set in rural Shropshire shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, Precious Bane is narrated by the central character, Prue Sarn, whose life is blighted by having a harelip. Only the weaver, Kester Woodseaves, perceives the beauty of her character, but Prue cannot believe herself worthy of him. Her brother, Gideon, is overridingly ambitious to attain wealth and power, regardless of who suffers while he does so.

Gideon is set to wed his sweetheart, Jancis, but he incurs the wrath of her father, the cruel and scheming self-proclaimed wizard Beguildy. An act of vengeance by Beguildy makes Gideon reject Jancis and tragedy overwhelms them both. Prue is wrongly accused of murder and set upon by a mob, but Kester defies them and carries Prue away to the happiness she believed she could never possess because of her harelip.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/17/2014

    " have already read this book and LOVED it...we are reading it for book club next month, so I'm reading it again! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/12/2014

    " I really love this book... Thanks, Fran, for recommending it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 2/9/2014

    " I liked this book. It had good characters and good descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Grady | 2/5/2014

    " This is my go-to book. It's always on my bedside table, ready for a quick passage re-read or an all-day-lose-myself session. A timeless love story and social commentary. Nothing shory of a printed miracle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mab Jones | 2/5/2014

    " Lovely, uplifting, romantic, erotic :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/2/2014

    " For a while I got addicted to Virago Modern Classics. I love early 20th century writers. Mary Webb is quite eccentric and this is kind of a freaky story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myongsun | 1/28/2014

    " Read this a while ago. I remember it as lovely and sad and hopeful and terrible and depressing and triumphant. It moves along slowly, developing a picture of Prue's life and the characters around her. It really captures a sense of working, country life of a certain period, all the beauty and brutality and casual cruelty. It's written in first-person. The language is colloquial, with an old-fashioned, even biblical feel. It's not distracting or annoying, which is a fear I have with first-person narratives. However, it is really descriptive, so I think you need a little bit of time to settle in with the language and get past the desire for a quickly moving plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Launi | 1/17/2014

    " Read by recommendation from Karen Wilson. I was not disappointed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/6/2014

    " I finally read this. Exquisite. I wanted to reread it just to continue to absorb all that was there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy Briggs | 1/3/2014

    " This book was amazing, especially when you take into account when it was written & by whom. Once you get passed the difficult language style, this was a great character book, with great descriptions & a great plot. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/31/2013

    " What a beautiful book! Never was there a more beautiful character than Prue Sarn. She was absolutely without guile. The lyrical prose were a delight to read. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae | 10/19/2013

    " Most of all, loved reading the dialect of Prue Sarn. Loved her sweet romance with the strapping Kester Woodseaves. Heartbroken by the tragedy with Gideon and Jancis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joleen | 4/10/2013

    " I liked this book, after I finally understood the language, and thought I would be talking that way. It is a sad, yet beautiful story. I thought a lot about my ancestors in reading this; their hardships and lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markelle | 1/20/2013

    " This is probably one of my top all time favorite books. I read it first as a teenager and loved it and then read it again in about 1994'ish. I will read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunni | 12/22/2012

    " My favorite book ever! The dialect is a bit hard at first, but you get the hang of it, and no one is more endearing than Prue Sarn (well, except the Weaver). Gorgeous prose that launches you right into 18th century Shropshire, England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elayne | 8/24/2012

    " An OLD book - written years and years ago. Wonderful story. So worth finding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ina | 7/16/2012

    " I really liked this book. It took me a while to get into it, simply because I was only reading 2 or 3 pages every few days. The imagery is stunning. I also enjoyed the love story and the "lessons" about our priorities in life. I wish this book was more well known... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/11/2012

    " Although it took awhile to get used to Mary Webb's use of old English language, I was soon caught up in her beautiful descriptions of the countryside and the amazing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 4/29/2012

    " A very different book in terms of language use, but a very moving and poignant story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pippa222 | 3/7/2012

    " I re-read this from time to time. Hopelessly romantic, superbly written. A lovely book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/7/2012

    " Karen highly recommended this book to me. I like it, it's a good story but I got a little bogged down with the writing style. I never was quite sure what the accent was that she was writing in, but it took me a while to get used to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeni | 10/10/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this one! I tried but struggled with the cultural & language differences. I might pick it up and try again later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlstanley | 6/13/2011

    " one of the most beautiful love stories in the english language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/15/2011

    " This is also one of my favorite books, worth re-reading from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlstanley | 3/24/2011

    " one of the most beautiful love stories in the english language "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeni | 2/21/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this one! I tried but struggled with the cultural & language differences. I might pick it up and try again later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/16/2011

    " Thanks, Jukka, for lending me the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holli | 2/13/2011

    " It was hard to get used to the language, but so SO worth it in the end. Going to insist my daughter reads it (in 15 years when she is old enough to understand it). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keirra | 1/6/2011

    " liked it...really hard to get into the language at first, but way cute, and worth the effort "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/5/2011

    " I finally read this. Exquisite. I wanted to reread it just to continue to absorb all that was there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 12/30/2010

    " A lovely book; haunting, traumatic, and beautiful... a bit overly romantic (who wouldn't want a Kester Woodseaves?) but then that part is nice too, and saves the book from being unbearably dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/19/2010

    " Remember liking it, but can't really remember what it is about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 12/8/2010

    " How could this not have been in my book list? It is one of my favorite books of all time. It takes a minute to get into because the author writes like people spoke in the 1500's but it is a wonderful love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marchelle | 11/18/2010

    " The style of writing is very different, but well worth it in the end! "

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