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FORD, F.M.: Good Soldier (The) (Unabridged)

    

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FORD, F.M.: Good Soldier (The) (Unabridged)

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.



Disc 1

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Part 1 Chapter 1 00:05:19
2.   Someone has said that the death of a mouse… 00:05:51
3.   I don't, you understand, blame Florence. 00:04:32
4.   I asked Mrs. Ashburnham whether she had told Florence… 00:04:26
5.   Chapter 2 00:05:34
6.   Florence's aunts used to say that I must be the laziest man… 00:04:07
7.   So Pierre Vidal declared himself Emperor of Jerusalem… 00:04:17
8.   He wasn't obtrusive about his heart. 00:03:24
9.   Chapter 3 00:04:30
10.   And, what the devil! For whose benefit did she do it 00:04:34
11.   His hair was fair, extraordinarily… 00:04:59
12.   So, you see, he would have plenty to gurgle about… 00:05:42
13.   Mrs. Ashburnham exhibited at that moment more gaity… 00:03:30
14.   I loved Leonora always… 00:04:10


Disc 2

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 4 00:05:26
2.   But these things have to be done… 00:05:23
3.   I fancy his wife's irony did quite alarm poor Teddy… 00:05:19
4.   I suppose I ought to have pitied the poor animal… 00:04:07
5.   And she laid one finger upon Captain Ashburnham's wrist. 00:03:48
6.   Chapter 5 00:04:48
7.   You understand that there was nothing the matter… 00:05:10
8.   No, I cannot help wishing that Florence… 00:05:31
9.   But in boxing Mrs Maidan's ears… 00:05:32
10.   So, of course, for those three years or so… 00:05:25
11.   But Leonora's English Catholic conscience… 00:05:43
12.   And there could not have been anyone better… 00:04:03
13.   As a matter of fact, Maisie's being in Edward's room… 00:04:35


Disc 3

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 6 00:05:15
2.   And, do you know, at the thought… 00:04:45
3.   What had happened on the day of our jaunt… 00:03:20
4.   For the trick was pretty efficiently done. 00:03:11
5.   Part 2 Chapter 1 00:04:13
6.   She wanted to marry a gentleman of leisure. 00:05:23
7.   And that evening, when I went to fetch her… 00:05:48
8.   God knows. She was a frightened fool… 00:05:38
9.   You see, that fellow impressed upon me… 00:05:01
10.   As God is my Judge, I do not believe… 00:04:25
11.   Well, Edward Ashburnham was worth having. 00:03:34
12.   Well, anyhow, she chanted Edward's praises… 00:04:18
13.   Chapter 2 00:04:58
14.   Well, I think I have made it pretty clear. 00:04:29


Disc 4

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Part 3 Chapter 1 00:05:44
2.   So that that was the first knowledge I had… 00:05:17
3.   What had actually happened had been this. 00:04:45
4.   He was very careful to assure me… 00:04:33
5.   I have come to be very much of a cynic in these matters. 00:05:52
6.   And my story was concerning itself with Florence… 00:04:28
7.   But what she didn't want me to know… 00:03:52
8.   I tell you, I had no regret. What had I to regret 00:03:57
9.   Chapter 2 00:05:53
10.   Once, when she had been about twelve… 00:05:20
11.   They say the poor thing was always allowed… 00:04:26
12.   For Leonora made the girl go to bed at ten… 00:04:49
13.   Chapter 3 00:05:10
14.   That was partly due to the careful… 00:05:05
15.   But as far as he could describe his feelings… 00:03:34
16.   She made tentative efforts at remonstrating with him. 00:03:33


Disc 5

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   To do both justice… 00:05:11
2.   I don't know why they never had any children… 00:03:46
3.   Leonora could not but be aware… 00:03:46
4.   Chapter 4 00:05:23
5.   A man I didn't know would come up… 00:05:41
6.   He began to indulge in day - dreams… 00:05:33
7.   When the palpitating creature was at last asleep… 00:03:37
8.   He spent a week of madness… 00:04:35
9.   Chapter 5 00:05:08
10.   Leonora then had three thousand a year… 00:04:34
11.   She ascertained that an old gentleman… 00:04:43
12.   Edward was pretty hard hit when Mrs. Basil had to go away. 00:05:19
13.   'I propose,' she said, 'that you should resign…' 00:04:44
14.   From the moment of his unfaithfulness… 00:03:44
15.   She had at that period… 00:03:42


Disc 6

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Part 4 Chapter 1 00:05:17
2.   She saw life as a perpetual sex - battle… 00:04:47
3.   That was really, she said, the happiest moment of her life… 00:05:38
4.   Yes, the mental deterioration that Florence… 00:04:12
5.   Well, Florence would come to Leonora… 00:04:16
6.   Chapter 2 00:04:33
7.   Personally, I wanted to invest the money… 00:05:16
8.   And yet, to me, living in the house… 00:05:13
9.   Perhaps Nancy was the only person… 00:05:48
10.   But all that was doing a great deal of harm… 00:04:40
11.   Yes, Leonora wished to bring her riding - whip… 00:04:20
12.   'If you think,' Leonora said… 00:03:42
13.   The girl was sitting perfectly still in an arm - chair… 00:03:50


Disc 7

  The Good Soldier (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 3 00:05:23
2.   And yet the whole effect of that reading… 00:04:47
3.   You are to remember that all this happened… 00:05:37
4.   Flame then really seemed to fill her body… 00:04:38
5.   Chapter 4 00:04:13
6.   The sounds went on from the hall below… 00:04:29
7.   Chapter 5 00:05:29
8.   Colonel Rufford said the doctor… 00:05:18
9.   For there was a great deal of imbecility… 00:04:54
10.   In the case of Edward and the girl… 00:05:14
11.   Chapter 6 00:04:56
12.   It is, at any rate, certain that Edward's actions… 00:05:06
13.   It is queer the quite fantastic things… 00:05:36
14.   But he was perfectly quiet and he had given up drinking. 00:05:02
15.   Yes, society must go on; it must breed, like rabbits. 00:05:41

Total Playing Time: 07:57:42






Author(s):
Ford, Ford Madox

Reader(s):
Shale, Kerry

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: NA713212

Barcode: 9789626341322

Physical Release: 02/2010

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