• The Well of Loneliness

  • By: Radclyffe Hall
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Gordon is an ideal child of aristocratic parents - a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a best-selling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.

©2013 W F Howes Ltd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Dickens-esc.

Well written and passionate. A classic.

Makes me want to read Willa Cather and Sarah Waters again.

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Meh.

I tried so hard to get through this. So slow and boring I could not finish.

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excellent reading

I had read this book years ago. It's still exceptional reading for any age or reason.

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Tired

This book was 10 hours longer than it needed to be. I forced myself to listen to it, and again and again I would put it down. I finally finished it, and sadly I would never want to read from this author again. There were a few interesting parts, but just to long to describe what was a on going insecurity. I’m exhausted and not sure what happened at the end. But trust I will not go back.

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kept hoping it would get better. hated it

struggled to finish. after all of the dredging into thoughts and character...the reader was left to finish the storyline is the characters.

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Too long and too boring

Narrator was excellent. The book was way too long, way too many details that did not enhance the story at all. I would have stopped reading it except for the fact that it was my book club's choice. I definitely do not recommend it.

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  • pianopedals
  • 02-13-20

Unintelligent narration, needs re recording

This is too important a book not to get one of your top narrators recording it. This reader is an improvement on the last , Less machine-like, but in many places it's obvious she doesn't realise what's she's just said out loud and gets the phrasing wrong, so the sentence meaning is fluffed. Done in a hurry by an inexperienced artist with a pretty voice. Disappointing. Get Juliet Stephenson, Emma Thompson or Maxine Peake. Historically, it's a big enough piece of work. And a bloody good book.

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  • HannahCalabaza
  • 07-13-20

Great story but poor narration.

A really important story but poorly narrated. The French section in particular was painful and clearly read by someone who'd never been near a French lesson. Such a shame.

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  • Savannah Maria Garcia
  • 12-22-17

Tragic but fascinating

Beautifully written and so interesting to read about LGBT life in the early 20th century. The reader has a lovely calm voice and is very good at all the accents in the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-20

Beautiful book

This is a favourite book of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed this unabridged audible version

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  • Ms Millie123
  • 09-06-19

Rubbish.

I couldn't finish this book it was terrible. obviously dated rubbish plot boring scenes. I don't like to abandon a book halfway through but I don't even got halfway with this one. Truly awful.

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  • Sharon T.
  • 01-31-19

My Favourite book.

Well narrated. Courageously discribes a controversial life in a misogynistic era. Still relevant today. Would have liked a better ending.

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  • aj
  • 12-14-18

this version really brings the story to life

this version really brings the story to life, dont hesitate to buy it and share it!

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  • Michael Humphrey
  • 11-22-17

A wonderful book with a rich story.

Loved this book. Expertly performed and exquisite in its descriptions. Uplifting and heart breaking in equal measures