Somehow Good


Read by Helen Taylor

(4.5 stars; 37 reviews)

A mysterious man arrives in London and, in a freak accident, gets electrocuted on an underground train and loses his memory. A young lady called Sally Nightingale feels responsible, and brings him home to her mother. But in a strange twist of fate it transpires that her mother is the man's ex wife, whom he left twenty years earlier in unhappy circumstances. The old attraction is there, but what will happen if and when his memory returns? A highly melodramatic plot, but with a deft comic touch, a host of vibrant characters, and a large dash of romance.
De Morgan is best known as a designer. One of the pioneers of the arts and crafts movement, he was a lifelong friend of William Morris and designed tiles and ceramics for Morris & Co for many years. But during his lifetime he also found considerable success as a writer. Over a century later his novels provide the reader with a picture - as intricately designed and lavishly colourful as his ceramics - of an England which, in a few short years after their publication, was to be changed forever by the First World War. With a style that at times is reminiscent of Thackeray or Dickens, De Morgan is a writer with a distinctive voice, wry wit, and - if 'Somehow Good' is any indicator - a truly sentimental heart. (Summary by Helen Taylor) (21 hr 57 min)

Chapters

Chapter I 20:30 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter II 12:49 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter III 44:26 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter IV 20:54 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter V 20:11 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter VI 15:49 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter VII 18:51 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter VIII 32:08 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter IX 29:49 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter X 24:19 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XI 18:26 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XII 42:35 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XIII 18:35 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XIV 28:30 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XV 36:37 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XVI 28:12 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XVII 18:54 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XVIII 11:29 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XIX 29:05 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XX 33:25 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXI 44:29 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXII 19:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXIII 34:58 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXIV 54:12 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXV 40:55 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXVI 23:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXVII 29:23 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXVIII 18:10 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXIX 13:49 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXX 28:11 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXI 17:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXII 21:14 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXIII 24:50 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXIV 32:02 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXV 15:39 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXVI 39:28 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXVII 35:47 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXVIII 39:40 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XXXIX 22:09 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XL 34:19 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLI 44:05 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLII 20:19 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLIII 35:50 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLIV 25:56 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLV 17:12 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLVI 53:16 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter XLVII 25:06 Read by Helen Taylor

Reviews

Good book but even better reader

(5 stars)

I enjoyed this book although the author's intrusions into the narrative were too frequent. However the minor annoyance of that was completely overshadowed by the absolute excellence of the reader. I hope she does many more books! She's a real pleasure to listen to!

great Book and Reader

(5 stars)

people complain that the author was too verbose, but remember Victorian era literature was NOT Twitter! it was a pleasure to spend such time with the characters. Books were an investment and one wanted one's money's worth. this book may have entertained a family for weeks (or months of stolen moments by a young girl!) but I have the added blessing of (a) reading it for free, and (b) enjoying the voice of Helen Taylor. Brava, Ms. Taylor, one again!

(5 stars)

Considering the era of the story, the author paints a very colorful account. Take time to enjoy the descriptions. If your looking for a quick read you will be frustrated with the wordiness. The color of the whole thing is refreshing. Second only is the excellent narration. H Taylor brings the whole thing to life. She is so good I have searched for other stories read by her and for the most part have not been disappointed.

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(3.5 stars)

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Unfortunately Verbose

(0.5 stars)

This was difficult to listen to but for the LibriVox Volunteer, Helen Taylor. Her character vocals were average, however they were consistent, which makes the story a bit more palatable. Author was full of unnecessary soliloquy, making this an 18 hours novel. Good luck sticking it out.

recording had a tinny sound

(2 stars)

love this reader. I wasn't able to focus on this story due to the tinny sound recording. I wonder if she would be able to record this again.

A good read

(5 stars)

Sensitively and dramatically read. A good story. Listened twice (back to back)! Very enjoyable.

(5 stars)

What a beautiful story and very well read! I wish there was more of the story.