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Johnny

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  • Parade's End

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."

    leora says: "A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work"
    "A brilliant Ford Madox Ford"
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    Would you listen to Parade's End again? Why?

    Definitely. Parade's End is my favorite book, one I have read 6 or 7 times (all 800+ pages of it!). I figured I would give it a shot on Audible, and it's as though I am reading it for the first time. Hearing it has enhanced and clarified this book in ways that astonished me, including the characters' motivations and even the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the main characters are both sympathetic and wrong in interesting ways-- real people, in other words. Believable women characters. And his writing is beautiful.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is particularly good at reading the internal monologues - I felt I was inside people's heads more than when I read the book on the page.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - it's dense and complicated, it's necessary to take breaks. Plus it's long.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thrilled to meet this very familiar book in such a new way. It's as though the windows have been washed and I can see more clearly than I had any idea existed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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