The Well-Beloved

  • by Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by Robert Powell
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as he strives to realise the ideal woman in stone.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fickle Love on Portland and in London

Lesser known Hard nove. Enjoyable walking my home island with the characters. Great narrator. Do listen.
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- Amazon Customer

Love the voice, but it's not enough

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like Thomas Hardy novels, but despite this one being read by one of my favourite voice actors, it was not enough to hold my attention. The story rambles and I lost all sympathy with the protagonist. I didn't finish the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Hardy again?


What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a beautiful voice and reads very well, bringing his characters to life. He manages to read the female parts in a very believable way, as well, which is no mean feat.

Did The Well-Beloved inspire you to do anything?

Only to stop reading it! To be honest, it did get me to sleep quite well on a number of nights, which is no bad thing since I often find it difficult. But then, probably almost any book read by Robert Powell would have done that job.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I tried it, since it was one of the few Hardy's I have never read.

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- J. Staines

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-08-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios