The Good Soldier

  • by Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by Kerry Shale
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two couples, two marriages; both seemingly perfect, both falling apart. Beneath the surface gentility of the American John Dowell with his wife Florence and the landed grace of Edward and Leonora lie fictions and deceit. There are secret desires, hidden power-games, suicides and madness. Everyone is hiding something; even the narrator can't be trusted. Brilliantly inventive, tragic and ironic, The Good Soldier is one of the great novels of the 20th century.
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Like Marmite?

I suspect that Ford Madox Ford, like Marmite, you either love or hate. This book was my first taste of FMF (I thought I'd begin with something shortish before embarking on the Parade's End quartet) and I loved it. The story moves backwards and forwards in time and gradually unfolds and then pleats again but always leading to a fuller picture of what has been happening to the 4 characters of the novel. Nothing is what it seems and the idyllic picture of the four friends with which the novel opens is anything but. This is brilliantly written, funny and tongue-in-cheek at times, dark and penetrating at others. The interior world is contrasted against exterior social constraints and conventions, late Victorian manners with early 20th century psychology. Maybe think Virginia Wolf's Mrs Galloway but with heart and humour and without the pretensions. I listened to Kerry Shale as the narrator, who was brilliant. Highly recommended.
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- Maddy

The Good Soldier

This book has a style that Scott Fitzgerald later echoes. Cynicism, passion, treachery and death all told by an unreliable narrator. But what makes this so much better than the book is the reader, he is wonderful! His voice is both disarming and poignant, and his heart-warming, self-deprecating laugh will stay with me for a very long time.......
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- HartofGlass

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2010
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks