i LIKED THE SETTINGS
NO...THERE WAS NO ENDING! i FELT LIKE I WAS MISSING A TAPE.
At first I was a bit put off that the story was narrated by a man, even though it is definitely a story about a woman. Overall though, the narration was quite good.
Not really. It was okay, but I would first recommend Portrait of a Lady or Anna Karenina
Not the best classic I've listened to. It took a while to get into the story. Overall it was an average story. The best part is that Gaskell brought to view the woman's point of view at that time iin history. Her writing was probably quite cutting edge for her time.
The turn of the phrase and the use of description remind me in a way of listening to a very fine orchestra - It takes you away. If you are like me you will remember small descriptive fragments of the story long after you have listened to it. It was very long -18 hrs but it became my desert during my long commute home after the end of a day of caring for other people's sorrows and loss. I really did like the narrator, some would perhaps find the tone old fashioned but it seemed to me to fit the story
I liked best the way the writer told the story, so perceptive and subtle.
I liked the performance, there was a good capability to change from character to character and I thought the tone of voice and the performance really matched the tone of the story and the time when it was written. It was soothing and entertaining to listen to.
I first found this author by looking up the author of the PBS film series Wives and Daughters. I was thrilled to find that she was such a prolific writer. I hope Audible will add to the the collection with some of her stories which are out of print.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I found this book extremely boring. The story was very difficult for me to get into.
The book itself is very good. The narration, however is poor for the main character, Margaret. All of the other narration is good. He does a good job imitating different English accents.
I loved the story, and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. However, I was a bit of a drawback listening to the falsetto male voice for the heroine.
I have listened to many audiobooks that I enjoyed and would recommend, but I still noticed every effortful 30 min or hour that went by. Those books were work to get through. This book I inhaled! I enjoyed every minute, looked forward to listening every day, and got anxious when I was too busy with other things to have time for the audiobook. I'm not sure why this book enthralled me (Mr. Thornton?)--I read a paper copy of Wives and Daughters and loved it, but this was better. Elizabeth Gaskell is great at detail so that you really enter her Victorian setting. Also, the examination of class and poverty in the book was honest and complex and very interesting to me. Of course, what really sucked me in was the romantic storyline. The negatives would be several long slow death scenes with terribly cheesy dialogue, and also sometimes the narrator's accent was difficult to understand. Yet I INHALED this book.
This reader might be fine for an American book, but unfortunately has worst "English" accent I've ever heard, with bizarre mispronunciations, eg "Fawncy" for "fancy", "unlooky," for "unlucky," "yong" for "young" and so many others that I had to give up listening to it. Not just being persnickety: this is truly awful.Has he never met an English person, or even watched any BritFlicks? A lesson to me to listen to a sample first next time!