Compelling, Sad, Endearing
I really like Margaret. It's interesting watching her in the time period she existed, with it's restraints. I also like how her opinions of life in the South vs. North change throughout the novel.
Loved her accents, storytelling abilities
Not quite, it was too long for that. I did enjoy it though.
Listen to this, and then go watch the BBC mini-series North and South! It's a really good retelling of this story (and I think the ending is really great!).
Juliet Stevenson reads this book with great attention to characters and the issues that matter so much to all of them, giving new intelligibility to all of their philosophies, spiritualities, and passions without becoming melodramatic (except where one or two melodramatic characters are concerned!).
AND! The accents were amazingly done. So much better than reading it to myself, because the Higginses are easily intelligible and the Milton folk have northern accents!
"Margaret, the churchwoman, her father, the Dissenter, and Higgins the Infidel knelt down to prayer. It did none of them harm."
Mr. Thornton. Stevenson is amazing with accents, but she doesn't overdo John Thornton, and makes him both Miltony and harsh while still being feeling and soft in ways. Especially in comparison to his mother, whom Stevenson gives a delightfully deep voice.
Wanted to, yes:) Several long car trips did not suffice to complete the book, and I found myself running more and longer errands than strictly necessary to finish it off.
I wish the story did not end so abruptly, but I'll take that up with Ms. Gaskell.
Young Adult and Brit Lit aficionado.
YES! I love this novel and Juliet Stevenson is my favorite narrator ever.
All the love and romance of a Jane Austen novel with a little of the darkness of a Bronte novel and the added bonus of a real, social conscience that is unique to Gaskell.
Yes--I listened to all of Jane Austen's works read by her and loved each one. She does a great job suggesting a different character by using a very nuanced tone--not over the top, not awkward--very smooth transitions between characters.
I also love the BBC miniseries adaption of this novel, but what the series doesn't capture and what Gaskell captures so well, are John Thornton's thoughts and more of his interior life. All of his internal monologues are gut-wrenching.
Cannot recommend highly enough.
Relatable. Romantic. Timeless.
NORTH AND SOUTH has elements in common with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, though the latter has more direct comedy. In general, though, if you enjoy Jane Austen, George Eliot, and/or Charles Dickens, I think you'll enjoy Gaskell.
Juliet Stevenson is easily my favorite audiobook performer. She understands every text she reads and interprets it completely. Her acting is meticulous, as are her *many* dialects. She disappears in every role—every character has a distinct voice—but she moves between them all effortlessly. Her performance alone is worth getting the book, but it's a bonus for those who already love Gaskell's writing in the first place.
I've always been moved by Margaret's connection with Bessie, and Juliet Stevenson's readings of those scenes are particularly poignant.
Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH is an important and beautiful novel. The characters are full and honest, and they remain true to their convictions. They are real and relatable. Margaret is a great British literary heroine, up there with the likes of Lizzy Bennet, Jane Eyre, and Dorothea Brooke. Her relationships—both with her parents and with the brooding Mr. Thornton (he is much more brood-y than Mr. Darcy)—are honest and complicated. I've listened to Juliet's performance of this book at least 3 times so far and will probably listen again. Highly recommended.
love it... I also watch the movie, lot in commun... ;D very happy with it.
My main interest was to determine how close the movie followed the book. I was not disappointed. The book generally holds more treasures than the movie is able to offer.
The performance of Juliette and the story all together was just lovely. I love British Literature, and this did not disappoint. Social historians and lovers of a good story may both be charmed, as I have. If you like 19th century literature or Pride and Prejudice, read this book!!!!