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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Fowles Narrator: Paul Shelley Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/14/2014

    " I wanted to like this book. I really did. But in the end, I just couldn't. All the characters in this book were really just awful people. I didn't care about any of them. And I didn't find the style of writing nearly as novel as everyone else seems to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/8/2014

    " Victoraian story, 1960s narrator makes for an interesting contrast. Love a story with multiple endings. I wasn't crazy over either of the main characters, but I think that I wasn't supposed to be. Charles did not seem to be self aware, or maybe it was just the period and circumstances. A study of gender roles which is partly from the 1960s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Ann | 2/5/2014

    " I read this while in a lodge in Mendocino (CA coast) and the weather was grey, windy, wet...perfect! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanja | 1/30/2014

    " Poo. I have no idea why I didn't give up on it quicker. I read most of it on a long train journey, I suppose with nothing better to do. By around page 180 or so, I wondered why I had even bothered reading so far. I then decided that since I'd got so far, I might as well finish it but started skimming the pages. By around 220, I decided I had better things to do with my train ride like staring out the window. (I'm trying to figure out in words why exactly I didn't like it? The story had the potential to be interesting. I suppose the way it was written just didn't capture my interest...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/28/2014

    " I really loved this novel about Victorian sexual mores. Facinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/25/2014

    " This book was such an unexpected treasure. Unlike any of his other works that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 1/18/2014

    " a love story with an ending I actually like "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Beeson | 1/18/2014

    " Would be my favorite Fowles, if it weren't for The Magus. An enchanting conceit of brilliant writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/14/2014

    " An interesting concept - telling a Victorian story with the wise eyes of a contemporary novelist. Though I felt that sometimes the author's commentary was too intrusive on the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 1/9/2014

    " Oh my God! I LOVED this book. I loved the story, I loved the two endings, I just loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ali | 12/23/2013

    " I felt manipulated but I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha Sh | 12/6/2013

    " A very long time I kept thinking about this book after reading. Just for this I am so grateful to the author ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/30/2013

    " Utterly magnificent. One of the best novelizations of the ideas of Marx I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/18/2013

    " Loved both the book & the film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Raffetto | 11/17/2013

    " Read the book then watch the movie. You'll see why Meryl Streep is such a great actress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Pollock | 11/15/2013

    " This book is great, and so is the movie (starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 11/15/2013

    " I loved Fowles examination of the early development of psychology in this book, but found overall that the woman still remained an object for discussion which bothered me a little. Overall, I enjoyed Fowles style and development of the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 8/10/2013

    " Interesting well written book, but didn't like the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dmitri | 7/23/2013

    " It contains many experimental storytelling devices that I don't believe work very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Waldron | 6/20/2013

    " Changed the way I think about reading. One of my 'desert island' books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 6/17/2013

    " Great read of an historic love story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanvi | 2/13/2012

    " This may be the worst book I have ever read. And yes, I read ever single page - damn high school English class! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 7/30/2011

    " The skeleton in the closet of steampunk. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina UK | 6/27/2011

    " Read in secondary school and I can't remember much about it except the heartbroken Sarah Woodruff stood on the Cob. Years later (2009) I visited the Cob at Lyme and stood on the end - in good weather I might add and it was treacherous enough then when the stone was wet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 6/3/2011

    " Half way through and loath to stop. An interior story of the soul tested by adversity and the contrast between seeming and being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew | 6/2/2011

    " I love how the narrator steps out from behind the curtain in this faux Victorian novel to comment on society, culture, and protocols in novel-writing. Very fun read, even if I never fell in love with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/8/2011

    " Occasionally over-indulgent in its own verbiage, but still endlessly clever and incisive. Central romance develops slowly but surely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary | 5/2/2011

    " i couldn't understand the main character's motivation for anything she did... the book was well written but infuriating! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/9/2011

    " Although it was innovative, it was almost arrogantly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/1/2011

    " This was the first book I read that I had a true emotional reaction to the book, not just enjoying it or hating it. I cried. Now that is worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/19/2011

    " Blechhh.

    (Although I ultimately am happy to have read this book and might even recommend it to someone as odd as myself.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Awesome | 3/8/2011

    " Postmodern Sue Bridehead > OG Sue Bridehead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elin | 3/7/2011

    " Admittedly, I mostly chose to read this book because the author was a friend of my grandpa's, and I had always wanted to read something of his, but despite this slightly unorthadox beginning, I really got into it. Not the most stunning book I've read all year, but still well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/6/2011

    " Have read this book before at least four times. Always love it, especially the omniscient author and his asides to his audience. This is absolutely the best neo-Victorian novel ever written. Can't recommend it too highly. "

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