• by A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by Virginia Leishman
  • 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of England's Booker Prize and a literary sensation, Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story.As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.


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audible poetry

When holding the book in my hands, I found the long sections of history and myth woven into poetry interesting in what they revealed about the characters and the author. Strangely, many of these same sections became tedious when translated to the oral format. Perhaps I had jumped ahead or not paid full attention when reading? But when listening there is no effective way of moving the story forward without possibly missing the plot narrative. "Get on with it already!" I cried several times. A warning, the theoretical polemics of post-modern "social scientists" may seem impenetrable to those not embroiled in the verbiage of modern academia; those involved in these fields may see themselves parodied with ironic accuracy. It is words and, as stated by the author, "lists of words that arranged themselves into poems" that form the beauty of this book that ultimately leaves the romantic in tears.
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- Inga E. Calvin

Literary raves? Not if you like PLOT AND ACTION!

Let me preface this by saying that I like LONG books. 25-, 30-, 50-hour stories are a delight - as long as they can hold my attention, and most do. But "Possession" didn't. Not from the start. Not by the mid point of the first part - or the second part. I finally just skipped to the third and last part just to find out that the thinly disguised plot turned out just as I had suspected; no surprises there, either. The premise was interesting - Victorian setting, seances, unusual characters, etc - but it was the prose - THE PROSE - THE ONGOING, EVERLASTING PROSE! that did me in. 75% of this 'novel' is simply poetry without rhyme, and it takes a very long time for the author to get around to actually telling the story. Don't get me wrong! I like poetry - in reasonable-sized doses. I also like very descriptive novels, since that is, after all, what writing is all about. But this went way over the top for me. Not only are you lulled by the drone of the 'literature', but you can't seem to get very interested in the characters. They seem rather wishy-washy (which may be the very point), and you just wish someone would come along, kick them in the pants and tell them to 'get over it' and get on with the story!!! Yes,the prose was beautiful; the author truly is gifted and writes the most delicious descriptive phrases, drawing precise pictures in your mind with a few deftly chosen words. If this is your 'cup of tea' (since the book is set in the UK), you're going to love it. If you want plot, action, excitement, switch-backs and 'I never saw THAT coming' - choose another looooong book.
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- Danny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio