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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arnold Bennett Narrator: Eileen Atkins Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Spanning nearly half a century, The Old Wives Tale is epic in scale and scope, tracing as it does the effects of time on two sisters and their surroundings. The novel is a domestic story told with tenderness, and is concerned not with heroic statesmen or soldiers, but with small details of daily life in a way which demonstrates Bennett's great debt to french realist writers. The action is concentrated mainly within the provincial town of Bursley, a startling contrast to Paris where Sophia and Gerald elope.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Shilstone | 2/13/2014

    " Quite a good end of the Victorian Era page turner. Arnold invented a nice pair of sisters to care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Werebot | 2/12/2014

    " I wasn't expecting to like this story of two old widows, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Well-paced and realistic, it's 500+ pages seemed much shorter. This is a very well-crafted novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/6/2014

    " This novel about two sisters whose lives take very different paths (one remains in their small town in England, while the other ends up running a hotel in Paris) is both funny and sad. Bennett's depiction of what goes on inside the heads of teenage girls is so accurate it's eerie--particularly considering he was a nineteenth-century man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danoota | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book. The story of two sisters who lived very different, estranged lives. One runs away to Paris, the other stays home and does "the right thing' "

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