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Publisher's Summary

The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion is a 1915 novel by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It is set just before World War I and chronicles the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham, the soldier to whom the title refers, and his own seemingly perfect marriage and that of two American friends. The novel is told using a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order, a literary technique that formed part of Ford's pioneering view of literary impressionism. Ford employs the device of the unreliable narrator, to great effect as the main character gradually reveals a version of events that is quite different from what the introduction leads you to believe. The novel was loosely based on two incidents of adultery and on Ford's messy personal life.

Public Domain (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc

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I would give the performance 6 stars if I could

Keiper's narration, the way he seems to bring to life a narrator who makes J Alfred Prufrock seem bold and dashing, is simply extraordinary. The effect is to underscore Ford's ironic tone and makes one understand (thoroughly) why Dowell's wife might take a lover, or want to kill herself. I purchased this over my tried and true go-to narrator (Frank Muller) for the whispersync, but it's hard for me to imagine even Muller handling this better than Keiper.

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Not what I expected at all!

I expected a war story. This was an interestingly, unusually told story which I somewhat enjoyed - I'm sure it's just a matter of taste. it was wonderfully narrated.