Eyes Like the Sea

Read by MaryAnn

(4.6 stars; 30 reviews)

He was a painter, a poet, a novelist. He lived during the Hungarian revolution and his love of freedom meant his life was often in peril. She was his first love, this girl with the eyes like the sea. She was at heart noble, good and loving. What an excellent lady might have been made out of this woman, if she had only met with a husband who, in the most ordinary acceptance of the word, had been a good fellow, as is really the case with about nine men out of every ten. But she always managed to draw the unlucky tenth out of the urn of destiny. And so she spurned his true love in favor of a high-flying dandy. He went on to pursue a life of politics and she to follow her capricious heart. But yet, throughout her life, she kept returning to him and to the end, of all men, she loved him perhaps best of all. (Eyes Like the Sea won the Hungarian Academy of Sciences prize for literature in 1890.) (Summary by MaryAnn) (9 hr 12 min)


01 - Chapter 1 8:24 Read by MaryAnn
02 - Chapter 2 23:48 Read by MaryAnn
03 - Chapter 3 20:55 Read by MaryAnn
04 - Chapter 4 19:04 Read by MaryAnn
05 - Chapter 5 10:00 Read by MaryAnn
06 - Chapter 6 19:38 Read by MaryAnn
07 - Chapter 7 8:15 Read by MaryAnn
08 - Chapter 8, part 1 29:23 Read by MaryAnn
09 - Chapter 8, part 2 21:22 Read by MaryAnn
10 - Chapter 9 20:00 Read by MaryAnn
11 - Chapter 10 11:04 Read by MaryAnn
12 - Chapter 11 15:29 Read by MaryAnn
13 - Chapter 12, part 1 24:02 Read by MaryAnn
14 - Chapter 12, part 2 29:29 Read by MaryAnn
15 - Chapter 13, part 1 33:16 Read by MaryAnn
16 - Chapter 13, part 2 20:25 Read by MaryAnn
17 - Chapter 13, part 3 27:12 Read by MaryAnn
18 - Chapter 14 26:43 Read by MaryAnn
19 - Chapter 15, part 1 20:44 Read by MaryAnn
20 - Chapter 15, part 2 21:39 Read by MaryAnn
21 - Chapter 16 17:04 Read by MaryAnn
22 - Chapter 17 16:35 Read by MaryAnn
23 - Chapter 18, part 1 25:37 Read by MaryAnn
24 - Chapter 18, part 2 25:31 Read by MaryAnn
25 - Chapter 19 30:34 Read by MaryAnn
26 - Chapter 20 22:58 Read by MaryAnn
27 - Chapter 21 3:12 Read by MaryAnn


Another fine reading by MaryAnn. a wonderful Hungarian slavic novel...

(5 stars)

more or less dissimilar to western european and american, and english in general literature. There is this intriguing, odd "differentness" about it, akin to the Russians Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, et al...review to be continued when finished listening and reading. would be grateful for your tolerance with my impatience to write something in review prior to finishing. peace, fellow dudes and dudettes. A great novel! Adventurous and intelligent female of the upper class dives into every cross section of the social order and undertakes dangerous, adventurous situations and still a capricious woman. very entertaining, heroine character is pretty Bessy. PLEASE! MORE ENGLISH TRANSLATION AUDIOBOOKS OF THIS PROLIFIC HUNGARIAN AUTHOR Mór Jókai

a saga of love & friendship

(5 stars)

nicely read in pleasant voice. this story follows the main female & male characters from childhood to old age and death. an example that love can just be a deep friendship. the lady's life never seems to go the way she wants it to or the way you expect. and her former admirer turns out to be the best friend she could ever have. the book has a startling and abrupt ending, but it almost seems fitting for the life & trials she went through.

interesting story

(4 stars)

While this IS an interesting story and the reader is excellent, the plot was not believable. Enjoyed learning how little I knew about Hungarian history. So much to learn! It seems at the end of the story the author was tired of his subject and made a quick end to the story line.


(5 stars)

any places where you just want to laugh so many places where you just wanted to cry. wouldn't it be sad. Euro that can't quite become a hero.

(5 stars)

Mary Anne is a wonderful narrator.

Lovely Story, Artfully Told

(2.5 stars)

This is a beautiful tale of genuine friendship between two truly remarkable characters, torn during their lives, between passion & apathy. The LibriVox Volunteer has a beautiful voice, yet suffers from hyper diction affliction, which is most annoying.