Skip to main content.

The Road to Understanding

Gelesen von LibriVox Volunteers

(4,516 Sterne; 124 Bewertungen)

"If Burke Denby had not been given all the frosted cakes and toy shotguns he wanted at the age of ten, it might not have been so difficult to convince him at the age of twenty that he did not want to marry Helen Barnet."

"Of course the inevitable happened. However near two roads may be at the start, if they diverge ever so slightly and keep straight ahead, there is bound to be in time all the world between them. In the case of Burke and Helen, their roads never started together at all: they merely crossed; and at the crossing came the wedding. They were miles apart at the start—miles apart in tastes, traditions, and environment. In one respect only were they alike: undisciplined self-indulgence—a likeness that meant only added differences when it came to the crossing; and that made it all the more nearly impossible to merge those two diverging roads into one wide way leading straight on to wedded happiness." (From the book)

This all sounds complicated. This complicated situation is conveyed to us by the couple and some of their friends. However, more complications rise when a daughter is caught in the middle - a clever and wonderful girl who had to endure a sad and bitter life: live with her abnormal mother and be employed by her father, without knowing it's him. Her parents know what's best for her, but does Betty know what's best for herself? Will Betty be able to forgive her parents? (Summary by Stav Nisser) (9 hr 41 min)


01 - Dedication & Chapter 1: Frosted Cakes and Shotguns


Read by Mike Pelton

02 - An Only Son


Read by Bellona Times

03 - Honeymoon Days


Read by Bellona Times

04 - Nest-Building


Read by Mike Pelton

05 - The Wife


Read by Mike Pelton

06 - The Husband


Read by Mike Pelton

07 - Stumbling-Blocks


Read by Mike Pelton

08 - Diverging Ways


Read by Mike Pelton

09 - A Bottle of Ink


Read by Mike Pelton

10 - By Advice of Counsel


Read by Mike Pelton

11 - In Quest of the Stars


Read by Mike Pelton

12 - The Trail of the Ink


Read by Mike Pelton

13 - A Woman's Won't


Read by Mike Pelton

14 - An Understudy


Read by Mike Pelton

15 - A Woman's Will


Read by Mike Pelton

16 - Emergencies


Read by Mike Pelton

17 - Pink Teas to Flighty Blondes


Read by Mike Pelton

18 - A Little Bunch of Diaries


Read by Mike Pelton

19 - The Stage is Set


Read by Mike Pelton

20 - The Curtain Rises


Read by Mike Pelton

21 - The Play Begins


Read by Mike Pelton

22 - Actor and Audience


Read by Mike Pelton

23 - 'The Plot Thickens'


Read by Mike Pelton

24 - Counter-Plots


Read by Mike Pelton

25 - Enigmas


Read by Mike Pelton

26 - The Road to Understanding


Read by Mike Pelton


Unsatisfied with Ending

(4 Sterne)

Found the ending unjust to the suffering. Do not feel that the proper and even close to real understanding was faced.

An intriguing tale

(5 Sterne)

This story was quite enjoyable. I am a hasty reader so halfway through, I looked up the book on my kindle. After downloading it, I read the rest as quickly as I could. I do think the ending was a bit rushed for all of the ups and downs, and twists and turns the story follows. Otherwise, it was very good and I reccomend it.

Rigorously Roaming Roller Coster~like Reasonings

(4 Sterne)

This Tale of True Love's Recipe has It's Main Ingredients Skillfully Entangled To Represent The Soulfully Sacrificial Elements of Self Reflection & Rejection Required To Achieve The Too Often Long~Awaited Realization of Loves Fullest Satisfaction

A great storyline well read

(4,5 Sterne)

I really enjoyed this book, a tale of marriage and the road it takes you on. The reader was excellent too.

(2 Sterne)

very very unrealistic plot an extremely drawn-out story that needed a lot of editing definitely not one of Miss Porter's better works

lovely lovely story

(5 Sterne)

it could almost be in today's society in the 2000s such a lovely plot with the typical tear-jerker end

Excellent! Mike Pelton is the greatest reader! He is a favorite

(5 Sterne)

Love the twist and turns of this story!

(5 Sterne)

thoroughly enjoyed it! Was a bit worried at times about how it was going to turn out!