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Publisher's Summary

This classic best-selling novel about a man who encounters a woman whose power to destroy is as strong as her power to love evokes Hemingway in its naturalistic portrayal of elemental forces in both nature and humanity. Ellen's beauty was radiant, and Harland had been so struck with her personality and the strength of her character that he knew he could never leave her. When he found that she returned his adoration, he could marry her with joy, bothered just momentarily by a strange premonition. It was only later, when the premonition became a horrifying reality that he realized the glowing loveliness of the woman he had married was the true face of evil.
©2007 Ben Ames Williams (P)2016 Chicago Review Press
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By JJLarson on 04-21-16

Hard to think about

I had to pause several times during the book just to calm down. I was often outraged that Ellen could get away with so many of her wrongdoings. She was a completely selfish, horrible woman. I had a lot of anger for her. I really felt a connection to these characters and the story. There were so many beautiful words and scenes in this book. I think it captured so much of what I imagine that time period was like. I really enjoyed it.
The performance was great. I didn't love the voice he used for Ruth, who was my favorite character, but Ellen was done very well. He captured the men perfectly.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-07-16

Great novel finally brought to audio

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Chilling tale of a woman obsessed. Ellen Berent meets Richard Harland on a train and it's all downhill from there. Well-crafted tale of a bloodless woman who will stop at nothing to satisfy her desires. Narrator Mike Dennis brings this long novel to life with his no-nonsense style and sharp characterizations. Highly recommended.

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