The Odd Women


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 105 reviews)

George Gissing's 1893 novel takes on the 19th century "Woman Question" by looking at themes of feminism, marriage, and love. The novel raises these issues through the lives of several contrasting women: Mary Barfoot, a feminist philanthropist who helps train women for careers; her close friend Rhoda Nunn, who believes marriage is a disastrous choice for women; and Monica Madden, who starts out as one of their protegees but chooses to marry a seemingly kind older man. As Monica experiences the challenges of married life, Rhoda finds herself drawn to Mary's cousin, the charming but apparently profligate Everard. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) (14 hr 8 min)

Chapters

The Fold and the Shepherd 15:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Adrift 33:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
An Independent Woman 12:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Monica's Majority 34:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Casual Acquaintance 29:33 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A Camp of the Reserve 32:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A Social Advance 35:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Cousin Everard 31:09 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Simple Faith 22:48 Read by Elizabeth Klett
First Principles 22:11 Read by Elizabeth Klett
At Nature's Bidding 20:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Weddings 28:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Discord of Leaders 31:01 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Motives Meeting 28:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Joys of Home 31:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Health From the Sea 30:36 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Triumph 34:09 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A Reinforcement 21:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Clank of the Chains 18:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The First Lie 16:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Towards the Decisive 27:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Honour in Difficulties 35:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
In Ambush 19:59 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Tracked 22:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Fate of the Ideal 37:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Unideal Tested 28:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Reascent 34:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
The Burden of Futile Souls 30:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Confession and Counsel 32:39 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Retreat With Honor 23:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A New Beginning 23:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

why such neglect by the reading public?

(5 stars)

the story itself great. as good as Hardy or Elliot. and yet original. How could a guy in Victorian time managed to "get" women's psyche so well? the story reading is a delight. Ms Elizabeth Klutt is one of my favourite readers. reliable and pleasant. beautifully read as usual.

The Odd Women

(2 stars)

Didn't care for this story. It lacked a balanced viewpoint. I actually endured listening to it twice, sure I had missed some subtle aspects of the story, but I don't think I did.

An unexpected joy

(5 stars)

I stumbled upon this one and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. A good lesson on how a fib can have ripple effects that no one expects. EK was superb as usual.

(4.5 stars)

Interesting story, beautifully read by Elizabeth Klett! The position of women in that society is described very well, infuriating as it is.

Interesting Time Piece

(4 stars)

Beautiful reading of a unique piece.

Fun

(5 stars)

A great book and performance

loved it!

(5 stars)

Good story, great narration.

(5 stars)

Good story and very well read.