Love's Shadow


Read by Helen Taylor

(4.4 stars; 86 reviews)

The first in a trilogy of books known together as 'The Little Ottleys', this is a sparkling social comedy set in Edwardian London. Ada Leverson was a great friend and staunch supporter of Oscar Wilde and shared his love for sharp, witty writing. Like Wilde, her work is characterised by a wonderful ear for dialogue and deft characterization. 'Love's Shadow' introduces us to Bruce and Edith Ottley and their friends, who are to all appearances living the bright and carefree lives of the well-to-do. But there are cracks appearing in the facade. Bruce is staggeringly self-obsessed, a hypochondriac and a spendthrift, and Edith must learn to manage her stubborn, exasperating husband. Meanwhile their friends attempt to navigate the rocky rapids of love and marriage with varying degrees of success, and keep us thoroughly entertained along the way. ( Helen Taylor) (5 hr 45 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1: Hyacinth 10:14 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 2: The Anxieties of Sir Charles 10:47 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 3: Anne Yeo 7:15 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 4: The Sound Sense of Lady Cannon 9:27 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 5: A Proposal 7:37 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 6: The Little Ottleys 5:14 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 7: Hyacinth's Little Dinner 11:51 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 8: Lord Selsey 8:01 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 9: The Peculiarities of Raggett 7:47 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 10: A Musical Afternoon 9:15 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 11: The Troubles of the Ottleys 8:12 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 12: At the National Gallery 8:23 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 13: More of the Little Ottleys 12:02 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 14: Lady Cannon's Visit 9:53 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 15: Raggett in Love 14:21 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 16: Archie 7:33 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 17: Bruce's Play 6:34 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 18: Hyacinth Waits 12:10 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 19: Eugenia 10:06 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 20: Bruce Has Influenza 7:47 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 21: Engaged 8:24 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 22: The Strange Behaviour of Anne 6:09 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 23: Bruce Convalescent 6:48 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 24: The Wedding 8:36 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 25: Accounts 9:44 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 26: Confidences 9:28 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 27: Miss Wrenner 8:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 28: Anne Returns 9:18 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 29: The Ingratitude of Mitchell 10:23 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 30: Mitchell Behaves Decently 10:31 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 31: Jane's Sister 8:10 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 32: The Drive 7:54 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 33: The Quarrel 11:29 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 34: Anne and Eugenia 5:51 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 35: That Woman 7:23 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 36: Raggett's Sense of Humour 8:20 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 37: Sir Charles 8:05 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 38: Rehearsing 7:33 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 39: The Solution 7:48 Read by Helen Taylor

Reviews


(4 stars)

Nice reading. Witty story. Bruce is a scheming, lying, selfish ass. I laughed well when Edith asked him to watch their son, Archie, for a few minutes. Why Edith or anyone would marry Bruce is beyond me. At least it seems she knows how to handle him & finally does it best at the end. Librevox has the 2nd book in the trilogy (Tenterhooks) but not the 3rd. I hope it will soon.

Enjoyable


(4 stars)

Enjoyable and humorous, but since relationship-humor has been a stable of TV, movies and books for so long now, I wonder if I can really appreciate the work as written. Probably not, but I am curious to read the rest of the series. Helen Taylor's reading was, as always, superb - I am now following you on Twitter, Helen.

Humorous & Victorian


(2.5 stars)

This is full of typical characters for it's generation, with great humor & a heroine one wishes would step away from convention long enough to belt her spouse just once! LibriVox Volunteer, Helen Taylor is wonderfully talented.

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(0 stars)

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loves shadow review


(4.5 stars)

it's a cute book the reader is fabulous but the but just seems to end abruptly, I'm sure the author could have thought of something more creative and inventive


(4.5 stars)

Beautifully narrated tale of misunderstandings and intrigues of the upperclass English, dished out with good quantities of barely contained sarcasm. An entertaining and relaxing story for the jaded romantic.

another winner narrated by Helen Taylor


(5 stars)

There are some great lines in this book. Astute, pithy, observations a la Jane Austen. Helen Taylor is marvelous as the narrator.

good book, great reader


(5 stars)

It was a good book, and the reader was extremely good. Worth a listen.