The Romance of a Shop


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(3.3 stars; 3 reviews)

Praised by Oscar Wilde amongst other contemporaries, Amy Levy's first novel tells the story of the four Lorimer sisters, who decide to open their own photography business after the death of their father which has left them in poverty. The novel examines the opportunities and difficulties of urban life for the "New Woman" in the late nineteenth century. Not only was Levy unusual as a female novelist in this period, but she was also from an Anglo Jewish family. - Summary by Jane Gough (5 hr 29 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1, In the Beginning 18:47 Read by Splinter
Chapter 2, Friends in Need 22:36 Read by Splinter
Chapter 3, Ways and Means 12:28 Read by Splinter
Chapter 4, Number Twenty B 20:56 Read by Splinter
Chapter 5, This Working-Day World 14:15 Read by Splinter
Chapter 6, To the Rescue 18:22 Read by Splinter
Chapter 7, A New Customer 18:01 Read by Splinter
Chapter 8, A Distinguished Person 18:55 Read by Splinter
Chapter 9, Show Sunday 16:01 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 10, Summing Up 16:03 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 11, A Confidence 12:05 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 12, Gertrude Is Anxious 11:33 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 13, A Romance 11:53 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 14, Lucy 15:09 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 15, Cressida 13:40 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 16, A Wedding 8:55 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 17, A Special Edition 10:47 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 18, Phyllis 9:31 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 19, The Sycamores 12:44 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 20, In the Sick Room 7:52 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 21, The Last Act 6:34 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 22, Hope and a Friend 9:34 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 23, A Dismissal 8:21 Read by Jim Locke
Chapter 24, At Last 10:08 Read by Jim Locke
Epilogue 4:07 Read by Jim Locke

Reviews


(1 stars)

The gentleman who reads everything from Chapter 9 on completely ruins this book; he is positively unbearable to listen to. I understand that everyone here is a volunteer, but he should consider a different hobby - perhaps gardening. Or stamp collecting. And LibriVox needs to put some type of compassionate vetting in place to prevent thoroughly unskilled and inappropriate readers from destroying their catalog. Recordings like this one are horrible!

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(5 stars)

enjoyable story and readers if playback speed is corrected to a bit faster.