A Laodicean


Read by Simon Evers

(4.6 stars; 60 reviews)


The Laodicean (someone whose religious beliefs are “lukewarm”) of the title is Paula Power who bought the ancient castle De Stancy which she is determined to restore. Being of a modern frame of mind, she has the telegraph connected to the castle – and uses it all the time in the course of the story.

George Somerset is a young architect who is invited to compete for the chance of the commission to restore the castle and who falls in love with Paula.

However, the brother of Paula’s great friend Charlotte De Stancy – of the aristocratic family that once owned the castle – aided by his villainous illegitimate son, sets out to win Paula for himself.

Although Paula likes the idea of being a De Stancy, she is drawn to George from the start. The various machinations of De Stancy and his son keep the narrative moving along at a fast pace.

Summary by Simon Evers

(14 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Preface 1:56 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 1 14:05 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 2 25:14 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 3 12:46 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 4 23:09 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 5 22:50 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 6 14:33 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 7 15:06 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 8 17:55 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 9 14:10 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 10 10:03 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 11 15:57 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 12 16:08 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 13 12:43 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 14 12:28 Read by Simon Evers
Book the First, Part 15 20:10 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 1 16:50 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 2 18:15 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 3 10:45 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 4 17:33 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 5 19:37 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 6 9:55 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Second, Part 7 8:30 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 1 16:45 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 2 19:06 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 3 18:03 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 4 17:00 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 5 14:40 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 6 18:04 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 7 7:35 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 8 11:49 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 9 12:59 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 10 16:08 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Third, Part 11 20:37 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fourth, Part 1 15:55 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fourth, Part 2 9:41 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fourth, Part 3 13:18 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fourth, Part 4 13:14 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fourth, Part 5 10:06 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 1 14:04 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 2 12:48 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 3 12:35 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 4 12:26 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 5 13:20 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 6 9:30 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 7 13:50 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 8 10:14 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 9 13:13 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 10 23:15 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 11 23:03 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 12 12:47 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 13 10:12 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Fifth, Part 14 11:39 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Sixth, Part 1 15:39 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Sixth, Part 2 16:59 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Sixth, Part 3 20:11 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Sixth, Part 4 12:23 Read by Simon Evers
Book the Sixth, Part 5 15:39 Read by Simon Evers

Reviews

Loved it!

(5 stars)

I agonized, and wanted to warn and scold, went to sleep with my heart aching for poor Paula, and her faithful beau, and thought it was all over a number of times. Thankfully, there was rejoicing, new wisdom gained, and right priorities learned... and these all skillfully mixed up with the manners and inventions of the time, and the foibles of those dizzily in love! And - OH! What a rotten scoundrel! Relax and enjoy, and try, if you can, to put it away before the wee hours of the morning! Thank you to a magnificent, talented reader! Bravo! I'll look for more read by you! Well done!

Heartachingly

(5 stars)

Thomas Hardy masterfully played with the reader’s emotion. I feel a constant heartache everytime the narator describe how Sommerset hopelessly in love and being inferior before Paula all through the book. Thank God it’s a happy ending! Great book! And of course great narator. Well done and thank you for the effort!

Provoking story well read.

(5 stars)

Reader has again provided an excellent listening opportunity. While his description of this storyline is accurate, I would like to add an additional remark. While Miss Paula's seeming preference to not commit herself to certain social situations might seem to demonstrate an irresolute character quality, perhaps they portray just the opposite. Perhaps the author wishes to build his story around a premise that part of a strong woman's strength comes from her wise use of her ability, and perhaps obligation, to keep her man off balance and at bay for as long as necessary. Not too long of course. A woman that is too easily won and acquired tends to be more easily taken for granted and even set aside. In marrying for love, she craves a forever friend, one who's honor and integrity she can reply upon (especially alone around other women), and a confidante. Then as respect grows, so will love attachment. Our hero wisely understood he must not rush her. When she was ready then she was able to commit herself.

A Can’t Put Downer!

(5 stars)

Tomas Hardy is a master at pulling the reader in close and toying with one's emotions. The emotional ride continues right to the very end of the story and Simon Evers is in the drivers seat all the way. So good and so much fun!

listen

(5 stars)

Thomas Hardy's description of human's and the life that happens to them is always interesting. As usual Simon Evers does a fantastic job.

Stunningly Read

(5 stars)

Simon Evers knows how to read these books. Thank you.

awesome narrator!

(4 stars)

thank you for all your hard work and time :)

a loadicean

(4 stars)

enjoyed book and excellent reader