Esther Waters


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(3.7 stars; 3 reviews)

“She stood on the platform watching the receding train. A few bushes hid the curve of the line; the white vapour rose above them, evaporating in the pale evening. A moment more and the last carriage would pass out of sight. The white gates swung forward slowly and closed over the line”. Thus opens the novel about Esther Waters, young, pious woman from a poor working class family who, while working as a kitchen maid, is seduced by another employee, becomes pregnant, is deserted by her lover, and against all odds decides to raise her child as a single mother. Esther Waters is one of a group of Victorian novels that depict the life of a “fallen woman”. It is considered to be Moore’s best novel. (Summary from Wikipedia, revised by Stav Nisser.) (14 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 17:07 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 02 27:00 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 03 20:30 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 04 8:51 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 05 8:14 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 06 10:13 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 07 6:32 Read by Pete
Chapter 08 13:25 Read by Pete
Chapter 09 23:48 Read by Pete
Chapter 10 11:52 Read by Pete
Chapter 11 20:10 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 12 17:20 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 13 30:30 Read by Pete
Chapter 14 12:31 Read by Pete
Chapter 15 10:17 Read by Pete
Chapter 16 14:34 Read by Pete
Chapter 17 23:10 Read by Pete
Chapter 18 28:13 Read by Pete
Chapter 19 19:00 Read by Pete
Chapter 20 31:50 Read by Pete
Chapter 21 17:56 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 22 9:28 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 23 15:49 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 24 13:38 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 25 37:49 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 26 32:16 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 27 10:22 Read by Neeru Iyer
Chapter 28 4:06 Read by Neeru Iyer
Chapter 29 17:39 Read by Neeru Iyer
Chapter 30 29:29 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 31 11:39 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 32 16:55 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 33 16:52 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 34 10:54 Read by Neeru Iyer
Chapter 35 20:34 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 36 18:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 37 6:59 Read by Neeru Iyer
Chapter 38 22:47 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 39 8:59 Read by Bridget Gaige
Chapter 40 27:06 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 41 16:40 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 42 37:24 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 43 21:27 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 44 24:25 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 45 20:39 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 46 9:08 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 47 8:42 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Chapter 48 8:06 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

Reviews

A tough one to rate


(3 stars)

Wow this was a long book. I honestly felt that I could have bypassed chapters 26 - 44. It just went on and on and on about the horse racing stuff. The first part of the book I felt was good. Watching Esther struggle and seeing where the story would take her. The last half of the book was tedious. I wanted to kick Esther for some of her choices. The end of the story seemed to fall a bit short as well after those long winded 20 odd chapters of horse betting nonsense. The narration in spots was poor. I love Lars Rolander and Bridget, they are both enjoyable. I did not enjoy two of the other narrators who had very poor sound quality combined with difficult accents.