The Old Wives' Tale

Arnold BENNETT (1867 - 1931)

The Old Wives' Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their stories from their youth, working in their mother's draper's shop, into old age. It is generally regarded as one of Bennett's finest works. It covers a period of about 70 years from roughly 1840 to 1905, and is set in Burslem and Paris. (Summary by Andy)

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Andy Minter
00:11:37
Play 01 Bk 1 Mrs. Baines Ch 1 The Square Andy Minter
00:49:37
Play 02 Bk 1 Ch 2 The Tooth Andy Minter
00:25:19
Play 03 Bk1 Ch 3 A Battle Pt 1 Andy Minter
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Play 04 Bk1 Ch 3 A Battle Pt 2 Andy Minter
00:38:40
Play 05 Bk 1 Ch 4 Elephant Andy Minter
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Play 06 Bk 1 Ch 5 The Traveller Andy Minter
00:45:11
Play 07 Bk 1 Ch 6 Escapade Andy Minter
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Play 08 Bk 1 Ch 7 A Defeat Andy Minter
00:34:00
Play 09 Bk 2 Constance Ch 1 Revolution Andy Minter
00:44:35
Play 10 Bk2 Ch 2 Christmas and the Future Andy Minter
00:39:31
Play 11 Bk 2 Ch 3 Cyril Andy Minter
00:47:01
Play 12 Bk 2 Ch 4 Crime Andy Minter
00:43:07
Play 13 Bk 2 Ch 5 Another Crime Pt 1 Andy Minter
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Play 14 Bk 2 Ch 5 Another Crime Pt 2 Andy Minter
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Play 15 Bk 2 Ch 6 The Widow Andy Minter
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Play 16 Bk 2 Ch 7 Bricks and Mortar Andy Minter
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Play 17 Bk 2 Ch 8 The Proudest Mother Andy Minter
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Play 18 Bk 3 Sophia Ch 1 The Elopement Andy Minter
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Play 19 Bk 3 Ch 2 Supper Andy Minter
00:37:11
Play 20 Bk 3 Ch 3 An Ambition Satisfied Andy Minter
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Play 21 Bk 3 Ch 4 A Crisis for Gerald Andy Minter
00:46:29
Play 22 Bk 3 Ch 5 Fever Pt 1 Andy Minter
00:57:30
Play 23 Bk 3 Ch 5 Fever Pt 2 Andy Minter
00:27:08
Play 24 Bk 3 Ch 6 The Siege Andy Minter
01:03:41
Play 25 Bk 3 Ch 7 Success Andy Minter
00:44:15
Play 26 BBk 4 What Life is Ch 1 Frensham's Pt 1 Andy Minter
00:33:52
Play 27 Bk 4 Ch 1 Frensham's Pt 2 Andy Minter
00:43:00
Play 28 Bk 4 Ch 2 The Meeting Andy Minter
01:02:37
Play 29 Bk 4 Ch 3 Towards Hotel Life Pt 1 Andy Minter
00:48:47
Play 30 Bk 4 Ch 3 Towards Hotel Life Pt 2 Andy Minter
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Play 31 Bk 4 Ch 4 End of Sophia Pt 1 Andy Minter
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Play 32 Bk 4 Ch 4 End of Sophia Pt 2 Andy Minter
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Play 33 Bk 4 Ch 5 End of Constance Andy Minter
01:01:14