Precious Bane


Read by NoelBadrian

(4.8 stars; 18 reviews)

Published in 1924, Precious Bane is a novel by Mary Webb (1881 - 1927) which touches on ambition, prejudice and hatred but also on the power of love. Prue Sarn is a farm girl in rural Shropshire during the period of the Napoleonic Wars and is viewed with suspicion by the local community because of having been born with a harelip. Her ambitious and domineering brother betrays her and her superstitious neighbours accuse her of witchcraft. An itinerant weaver Kester Woodseaves, makes his living by weaving for the local people in their homes. Like Prue, he loves the natural world and comes to recognises Prue's inner strength and beauty. ( Noel Badrian) (11 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Introduction and Foreword 13:49 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 1 Sarn Mere 10:29 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 2 Telling The Bees 27:06 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 3 Prue Takes The Bidding Letters 7:50 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 4 Torches And Rosemary 17:23 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 5 The First Swath Falls 20:34 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 6 ''Saddle Your Dreams Before You Ride ’Em'' 20:12 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 1 Ch. 7 Pippins And Jargonelles 15:51 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 1 Riding To Market 30:11 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 2 The Mug Of Cider 21:19 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 3 ''Or Die In ’Tempting It'' 15:38 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 4 The Wizard Of Plash 13:38 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 5 The Love-Spinning 14:30 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 6 The Game Of Costly Colours 24:01 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 7 ''The Maister Be Come'' 10:49 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 8 Raising Venus 13:34 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 2 Ch. 9 The Game Of Conquer 29:11 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 1 The Hiring Fair 25:59 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 2 The Baiting 22:13 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 3 ''The Best Tall Script, Flourished'' 30:18 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 4 Jancis Runs Away Part 1 24:38 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 4 Jancis Runs Away Part 2 26:13 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 3 Ch. 5 Dragon-Flies 22:55 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 1 Harvest Home Part 1 21:08 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 1 Harvest Home Part 2 22:12 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 2 Beguildy Seeks A Seventh Child Part 1 23:39 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 2 Beguildy Seeks A Seventh Child Part 2 23:35 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 3 The Deathly Bane 26:42 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 4 All On A May Morning Part 1 21:55 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 4 All On A May Morning Part 2 22:36 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 5 The Last Game Of Conquer 25:40 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 6 The Breaking Of The Mere 31:04 Read by NoelBadrian
Book 4 Ch. 7 ''Open The Gates As Wide As The Sky'' 10:30 Read by NoelBadrian

Reviews


(5 stars)

Fabulous, just FABULOUS reading. I love this story and Noel Badrian did it absolute justice and brought every character to life beautifully. Measured, unhurried, just perfect. Thank you so much!

Wonderful


(5 stars)

Thank you, Noel, for all the time and work that went into this reading. A heart wrenching, stunningly beautiful novel.

Astonishingly Beautiful!


(5 stars)

It’s one of those stories one never forgets.