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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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    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 2016
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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

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne C Davies 05-19-15

    Avid reader! I like Historical fiction, Historical Romance, Contemporary Fiction and just about anything else.

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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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    perspective 02-08-15
    perspective 02-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Far too long!"

    struggled to finish! It took a while to begin to enjoy. The enjoyment was sporadic, although the narrative voice and expirementation with the narrator was interesting,. possibly the most interesting aspect of the text.


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    Virginia reviewer VA 03-04-14

    I like to listen while I exercise, do housework, knit, etc., so I usually prefer a light read for an audiobook.

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    "Well written but got a bit too postmo at the end"
    Would you listen to The French Lieutenant's Woman again? Why?

    No. The ending has a really bizarre twist which kind of ruins it for another read.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the writing is exceptional. However, it is also very self-aware. A 'writerly' text almost more than a 'readerly' one.

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    Leela Australia 12-05-13
    Leela Australia 12-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Novel Look at the Victorian Era"
    Any additional comments?

    A historical fiction set in the Victorian era, that is not only a detailed insight into that time, but also a homage to 19th Century fiction, and the emergence of the novel. A time capsule within a time capsule, perhaps. Confused? Intrigued? Listen to this fabulous recording and find out. I should add that the characters are meticulously and delicately explored, and the scenery, as well as the philosophies, moods, and social trends of that time in history, are vividly evoked by a skilled author. I also suggest checking out the film version, made in 1981, which although set in the present time (the 'present time' of the 1980's, that is), provides a delightful slant on the ideas expressed in the novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Johannesburg 01-28-13
    Jen Johannesburg 01-28-13
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    "Irritating but also captivating"

    I found the author thoroughly irritating because he kept putting his voice into the story, talking about the writing of it. I'm sure there's some great literary reason for this, but it just kept pulling me out of the story. The storyline captivated me though, and it's stayed in my thoughts. Despite the irritating side lines from the author, this book was beautifully written and written in such a way that what might have been a fairly mundane story was instead transformed into something that felt incredibly personal and evocative. Narration was good, took me a few minutes to get into it but then I was hooked - this seems to be the norm for me with audio books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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