What a great romantic story. A perfect book with which to relax. It was hard to put it down. Juliet Stevenson gives the characters a perfect tone. Her interpretation of the many voices and accents in various parts of England was very pleasant. I had first watched the dvd so I had the advantage to picture the characters in my mind as I was listening. Now I'm getting the paperback. I'm sure I'll want to hear this again!
Set in England during the Industrial Revolution, this book highlighted the struggles of living in an industrial town. It reminded me of many other English books I have read. It had the same formula of love refused and finally gained like many books of its kind. I liked Margaret's strong female character and the chivalry shown by the men in the book. Nothing improper ever happens (no sex, language or violence). Eventually, I kept reading and reading to find out what happened.
We all can learn more about human nature by paying attention to the past. We can improve ourselves by looking at what benefits others and forget what's in it for me mentally.
Wonderfully descriptive writing and the narration was excellent! I don't know why I didn't know about this author before before. I was sorry when the book ended. I will definitely read other books by her and I will find other books read by this narrator.
If you like Pride and Prejudice, this story is very similar.
Not sure if I would have enjoyed the book if it were not for the wonderful movie starring Richard Armitage and my envisioning the story with the movie actors.
Gaskell's prose is beautiful and the performance by Juliet Stevenson is incredible.
I anticipated the ending from the very first time the two characters met. However, when it finally came, it was abrupt and contrived
I like the writing of this period and am willing to swallow a lot of the melodrama for the beautiful prose. However, Gaskell is humorless. I wished for more wit and humor (ala Jane Austin). Also, while the commentaries on the book say that she writes about social issues, there was too little of this and too much melodrama. However, and probably due to Juliet Stevenson's stellar performance, I found it enjoyable to listen to on my commute.
I thought this book was well written and excellently narrated but I found it to be clichéd and predictable which dampened my enjoyment of it. The main characters were a little too perfect to ring true and it was quite religious. If you like your characters to be sweet, faultless and pious then this book is for you.