The Good Soldier

  • by Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Handsome, wealthy, and a veteran of service in India, Captain Edward Ashburnham appears to be the ideal "good soldier" and the embodiment of English upper-class virtues. But for his creator, Ford Madox Ford, he also represents the corruption at society's core. Beneath Ashburnham's charming, polished exterior lurks a soul well-versed in the arts of deception, hypocrisy, and betrayal. Throughout the nine years of his friendship with an equally privileged American, John Dowell, Ashburnham has been having an affair with Dowell's wife, Florence. Unlike Dowell, Ashburnham's own wife, Leonora, is well aware of it.
When The Good Soldier was first published in 1915, its pitiless portrait of an amoral society dedicated to its own pleasure and convinced of its own superiority outraged many readers. Stylistically daring, The Good Soldier is narrated, unreliably, by Dowell, through whom Ford provides a level of bitter irony. Dowell's disjointed, stumbling storytelling not only subverts linear temporality to satisfying effect, it also reflects his struggle to accept a world without honor, order, or permanence. Called the best French novel in the English language, The Good Soldier is both tragic and darkly comic, and it established Ford as an important contributor to the development of literary modernism.

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A very good reader (Gildart Jackson)

Would you listen to The Good Soldier again? Why?

Satisfyingly narrated with smooth fluency, doing full justice to the rich writing.


If you’ve listened to books by Ford Madox Ford before, how does this one compare?

Ford didn't write enough for me


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

all the world's great story tellers bring joy and sorrow with their tales


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Brilliant Story

A brilliant story written by FBF that is totally spoiled by this horrendously monotonous amateur narrator. I have read the book, watched the film with Jeremy Brett & Robin Ellis & now have this special piece of literature ruined by someone who sounds like the bore you come across at a party who is moaning about a subject of absolute no interest to anyone. Please Audible, find a professional to do this story justice.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio