The Story of Avis


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.2 stars; 75 reviews)

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's 1877 novel is set in a New England college town, and focuses on Avis Dobell, a professor's daughter. Avis is a talented painter, and bucks against the constraints placed on women in the 19th century. She wants to pursue a career as an artist and rejects marriage and motherhood, until she meets the charismatic young professor Philip Ostrander. Phelps's novel is a beautifully-written examination of the conflicts between marriage and career for women that is still relevant today. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

(10 hr 25 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 21:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 2 20:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 3 24:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 4 26:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 5 29:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 6 34:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 7 24:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 8 35:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 9 36:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 18:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 34:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 12:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 25:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 23:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 21:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 34:17 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 23:15 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 11:07 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 34:06 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 25:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 20:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 17:31 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 25:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 22:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 21:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

A sad story that's well written and read

(4 stars)

What a good story and read beautifully. I was amazed at how little situations have changed from the time it was written. Women sacrifice a lot for their families and often lose themselves in the process.

(4 stars)

I greatly enjoyed the unique storyline which I felt was well written. Although not action packed, this rather introspective story progressed well. Detail was spent on particular scenes, then the author proceeded to the point without insulting the reader's imagination by reporting every word of her well developed characters. At 25 chapters of about that many minutes, it's a rather short story. Enjoy!

(4 stars)

A touching portrayal of a complicated woman and her trials & triumphs of opening up and learning to live with her flawed but loving courtship & marriage. Ms. Klett does another wonderful narration that brings the story to life.

Beautiful, sad.

(5 stars)

What a story. Wonderfully narrated; it is poignant and steeped in a woman's, then a mother's, emotions. Although old, the characters' social troubles ring true today. Truly timeless.

Wow... truly spectacular

(5 stars)

An amazing read by EK. A heart breaking and heartwarming read. A true picture of falling in love, marriage, and what comes after.

More words than story

(4 stars)

This story is deep in philosophy and romance, not so deep in actual story. But it is beautifully written and narrated.

Excellent Story

(5 stars)

The story held my interest throughout and Elizabeth Klett’s narration made it exquisite. Thank you LibriVox and thank you Elizabeth Klett.

Torture!

(1 stars)

It's as though the author was trying to cram every possible English word into one book. I quit after chapter 4.