The Bell

  • by Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by Miriam Margoyles
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean... Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty.

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Absolute pleasure

What an odd and delightful mind Iris Murdoch had. Her intelligent writing, beautifully descriptive prose and colourful imagination make her stories unique, and read by Miriam Margoyles this was pure joy. I agree with the previous reviewer, if Miriam had narrated all of Murdoch's books, I would download them all. I pitied poor Dora in the possession of such an appalling husband......but presented at a time when women had fewer choices she tries her best to rebel.
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- Karen

This is a pleasure!

Margolyse should read every Murdoch novel - her voice catches the comedy and the cleverness: note perfect.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks