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By J. Staines on 30-07-14
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.