Two On A Tower


Read by Tadhg

(4.4 stars; 56 reviews)

The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an unhappily married and abandoned woman 8 or 9 years his senior. Each night Swithin climbs the old tower of the title, in the grounds of the Constantine estate. Lady Constantine, whose husband has been absent some years on an extended hunting and exploring journey to Africa, joins the young man in his stargazing, and supports his astronomical ambitions by buying him equipment, though his dreams of scientific renown are disappointed. Their relationship then deepens and takes several twists and turns.(Summary by Tadhg)

(9 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:54 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 01 22:01 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 02 17:17 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 03 8:59 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 04 21:28 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 05 13:48 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 06 12:22 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 07 13:46 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 08 12:46 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 09 14:47 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 10 8:12 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 11 7:35 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 12 12:12 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 13 11:33 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 14 14:52 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 15 13:24 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 16 13:49 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 17 8:00 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 18 15:02 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 19 17:33 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 20 6:58 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 21 8:39 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 22 13:20 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 23 10:57 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 24 9:30 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 25 15:10 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 26 9:33 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 27 13:42 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 28 17:38 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 29 10:22 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 30 13:37 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 31 7:48 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 32 13:05 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 33 10:36 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 34 16:31 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 35 18:10 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 36 12:08 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 37 11:32 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 38 16:45 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 39 16:11 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 40 12:55 Read by Tadhg
Chapter 41 27:58 Read by Tadhg

Reviews

Suffocating social restriction set against the vastness of space

(4 stars)

Excellent reader! the story creates a suffocating portrayal of life in late Victorian England, limited by social convention and frightened by appearance. As always in Hardy's work the inequality of women is stark, although this is a less sympathetic and more stereotypical few than that expressed in some of his books. The ending is depressing rather than sad, and entirely unbelievable! Indeed the ending lets both the story and the characters down. Still the reading was wonderful!

Terrific Story and Reading

(5 stars)

What a brilliant writer! I enjoyed the scientific aspects of the tale. Once again, as so many stories from this period, so much sexual repression, religious moral guilt, shame, and controlling arrogance. It helps me appreciate the openness of thepresent times, and view the realities of that period, which one may romanticize. The story has a number of twists that kept me interested. Thank you for the wonderful reading.

Evocative story read by Tadhg Hynes

(3 stars)

Sorry to report that I feel that this novella is rather light weight, especially for Thomas Hardy. I don't feel that the characters were developed enough, nor was the story as a whole at all exceptional due to its lack of depth. Nonetheless, the talented Tadhg Hynes lends his well recognised, pleasantly timbered voice and brogue as narrator, whom I rate with FIVE STARS.

Sad

(3 stars)

The book is very well narrated and I enjoyed most of it however out of all the possible endings the author picked the most depressing and cruel one possible. So sad and empty. I’m quite disappointed I listened to it.

Two On A Tower

(5 stars)

Tadhg Hynes has a lovely soothing reading voice. I wish there were more books read by him on LibriVox

Wonderful Narration!!!

(3 stars)

The narrator does an amazing job, I just found the book to be on slow side and not as enjoyable.

10/10

(5 stars)

By far the best narrator I have ever heard. I've listened to everything he has done. Also wonderful book.

Couldn't be better

(5 stars)

Outstanding reader! Just AWESOME! Surprise ending! Very, very entertaining!