This was one of the finest books I have ever listened to. The inter-related stories are compelling, and the characters are each utterly believable as they grapple with divergent life philosophies. The writing is elegant and it is read absolutely beautifully. The previous reviewer mentions that this is a "dark" story, and it is. But like all good tragedy ultimately catharsis is promised and delivered. Highly recommended.
I have been listening to two Audible books per month for two years now. This is not only the finest book I have ever listened to, it is probably also the finest I have ever read. The story is compelling and the asides addressing the foibles of the Victorian era are genius. The narration is simply superb. I have tried reading the book several times over the years, and the intricacy of it on the written page always dissuaded me. Thank goodness I did not miss out on it any longer. A sensational listen.
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