The Spoils of Poynton


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.4 stars; 29 reviews)

The recently widowed Adela Gereth, a lover of beauty and passionate collector of fine objects, strikes up a friendship with the young Fleda Vetch, when both of them find themselves guests in the tasteless house of Brigstock family. Mrs. Gereth fears that her son Owen, an honorable but somewhat unimaginative young man, may take up with one of the Brigstock girls, and indeed he presently announces his engagement to Mona, the eldest daughter. That means that Mrs. Gereth will have to leave Poynton, the beautiful house that she and her husband filled with the furniture, china, tapestries, and other objects that they lovingly collected over the years. It is not so much possessiveness that drives Mrs. Gereth to want to maintain control over them (or so she claims, at any rate), but rather the sense that she will have failed if Mona, understanding and appreciating nothing of what Poynton contains, should become Owen's wife and take charge. The story and its developing conflicts are seen largely from the point of view of Fleda Vetch, the young woman who, her moral and aesthetic sensibilities tuned perhaps as finely as any of James's protagonists, finds herself caught in the middle. (Summary by Nicholas Clifford) (7 hr 14 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 1 15:26 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - Chapter 2 15:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - Chapter 3 21:01 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
04 - Chapter 4 21:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
05 - Chapter 5 16:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
06 - Chapter 6 22:44 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
07 - Chapter 7 26:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - Chapter 8 31:06 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - Chapter 9 9:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
10 - Chapter 10 17:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - Chapter 11 13:46 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
12 - Chapter 12 21:29 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
13 - Chapter 13 15:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
14 - Chapter 14 25:46 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
15 - Chapter 15 16:13 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
16 - Chapter 16 31:37 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
17 - Chapter 17 23:02 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
18 - Chapter 18 24:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
19 - Chapter 19 11:19 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
20 - Chapter 20 16:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
21 - Chapter 21 12:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
22 - Chapter 22 22:19 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Reviews


(5 stars)

Very fun read and Nicholas Clifford is my favorite narrator. He is always superb in his delivery.


(4 stars)

Good story, great character development. Mrs. Gareth sure was a shallow & manipulative woman!


(3 stars)

well written aa usual,but want to shake some sense into to that Fleda

Love the story, just hoped for a better ending. Clifford makes a


(4 stars)

great reading.Too much information that doesn't enrich the plot.


(3 stars)


(5 stars)

Great book as almost everything by H James