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The French Lieutenant's Woman Audiobook

The French Lieutenant's Woman

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1969 John Fowles;

What the Critics Say

"Paul Shelley's subtle presentation does full justice to Fowles' artful, mysterious tale....Never once does he lose the listener as the author moves between the past and present, commenting on Victorian customs, politics, and morays. And never once does he give away the novel's surprise ending. Enthusiastically recommended." (AudioFile)

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    TiffanyD 09-01-17
    TiffanyD 09-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This is supposed to be a feminist novel?"
    Would you recommend The French Lieutenant's Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    I had read that this was considered in some way to be a feminist novel. I love a feminist novel but this is no Awakening! The author refers to the protagonist of the title at one point and it took me a minute to figure out he meant Sarah. She is a wafer-thin character, coming mostly to life through the eyes of others. Her motives are barely comprehensible and the idea that Charles truely loves her as herself, not as a figure of his imagination, after their all-too-brief encounters is laughable. I might recommend the novel, but not as a feminist novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a particular scene that was a favorite, but I did enjoy the way the history was juxtaposed with a modern sensibility. We were constantly reminded that the story was written 100 years after it takes place and that things were different then. Instead of finding it annoying, I found it entertaining and enlightening.


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    ramona brane 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent narration and incredible novel."

    The narrator was excellent-both pronunciation-wise and regarding emphasis, intonation and tone of voice. Thank you.

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    Stephanie Rubinetti 06-23-17
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    "Amazing Narrator makes a good story better"

    I think I personally expected a bit more of a mystery giving that I found John Fowles popular book, The Collector, to be such a spellbinding thriller (I recommend reading it!) The plot is certainly not without twists and intrigue and it is well written and even more well narrated! There are some explicit scenes and the plot covers love, lust, obsession and betrayal set in Victorian times. definitely interesting once the plot kicks up.

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    Khh 02-24-17
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    "A LONG Listen"

    the story is good, but goes on way too long for my tastes. the Audio book shows 14 chapters, but the book actually has 61 Chapters!!!!

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    Latisha 02-19-17
    Latisha 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The French Lieutenants Woman"

    I was required to read this book for a class at school, however I didn't have time to get through 450 pages so I opted for the audio version. After listening, I can see why the book is so long-winded! Fowles inserts himself and random facts of the time period into the novel much too often for my liking. It seems to be more a historical piece that a fiction novel. There are also many unnecessary details that add to the lengthy novel (I think at one point, he writes on Charles taking off his coat and decidedly laying it on his bed).

    While the novel is very consistent in its tone, and I do enjoy the witty narration, everything just went on a bit too long for me.

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    Virginia 11-16-16
    Virginia 11-16-16
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    "Poor me...poor me :( Excruciatingly boring!"

    Exceedingly slow and tedious. I hung on long enough to find out why the poor women is so haunted, 7 excruciating hours. With 10 and a half hours more to go...I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! The writing itself is good! But this one goes back to Audible.

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    fpl 08-09-16
    fpl 08-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "fowles is the man"

    wish I could have verbigeration with Fowles. His reasoning and coordination of language is amazing.

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 10-14-15
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 10-14-15
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    "A Difficult Read"

    I had a very hard time getting through this book. I wanted to love it, but I found it sort of frustrating.

    For once I am going to say the movie is better than the book.

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    Anne C Davies 05-19-15
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    "Victorian Soap"

    Excellent depiction of Victorian society and mores, This is a man's struggle against repression and to find himself when his well ordered life becomes very messy.

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    Bird Lady 147 02-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Narration was not the best..."

    I knew the story had seen the film and always wanted to read the book. I may go back one day and read the print version as I did not care for the narration and once I have a dislike for a narration I can't lose myself in the story as audio usually lets me do.

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