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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arnold Bennett Narrator: David Haig Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

The setting moves from the Five Towns of Staffordshire to exotic and cosmopolitan Paris, while the action moves from the subdued domestic routine of the Baines household to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/14/2014

    " Possibly the only novel that I enjoyed from my 19th century British Literature class in college... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/21/2014

    " Not a bad read, considering all that I'd heard about Bennett previous to opening this book was that he and Virginia Woolf had a serious rivalry. The realism in the book can get to be a bit much (death scenes tend to be rather short, especially at the opening.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colin | 1/3/2014

    " It's due to the essential quality of youth that middle-aged people like myself find their lives fascinating. It is the essential skill of the writer to make the lives of the elderly likewise fascinating to that same group of people. Bennett succeeds triumphantly in the former and less so in the latter. But damnit, let's admire him as a fine writer, capable of diving the transcendental in the mundane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cecil James | 11/10/2013

    " This is an excellent smooth flowing historical novel. The characters are well delineated. I enjoyed it tremendously. "

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