Silly me, I thought Ms. Gaskell was a modern writer who had mastered Austin-like prose and turn of phrase and wanted to write and tell her how much I loved this book! Well, I still loved this book and found the story interesting and insightful. I loved Mr. Bell and was sorry he wasn't more in the story. Like all good romances, the tension was high and readers are anxious for an end to tension while at the same time not wanting the story to end. I was certainly satisfied!
I can't say enough about Juliette Stevenson, the reader! She is on a par with Barbara Rosenblatt who heretofore has been my favorite.
Haven't ever read the print... But given the performance, no doubt better than what I could have come up with.
Someone else wrote it best, "it's like Jane Austin with teeth."
Couldn't wait to find out what happens in the end.
Just so good. I want to read what happens next, even after 13 hours of listening.
Absolutely! This was my first experience with Elizabeth Gaskell and it was a thoroughly rewarding one. I love the way she handled both sides of the labor issues, creating a story so much more nuanced than Dickens's Hard Times, and consequently so much more powerful. Plus, Gaskell gives us well-developed characters and a gorgeous romance just as powerful as Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
There are many but the ending was so passionate and sweet that it constricts my heart every time I think of it.
Juliet Stevenson is always brilliant, but in this case, she is particularly outstanding.
A wonderful commentary on social class, the rise of labor, and the role of women all wrapped up in a delicious romance. And I don't even like romances. Think Pride and Prejudice rather than Danielle Steele.
I didn't give the book a five star only because the beginning was quite slow and at times the narrative was bogged down by preachiness and sentimentality
I have a hard time expressing exactly what it was that impressed me so much about this book. I can only say I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I would not be ashamed to recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and history.
Stevenson performs each character's voice, inflections, mannerisms and temperament so convincingly you think you are hearing a large cast of actors. Very important novel about industrialization and class issues and the working poor in 19th Century England. Also about the high cost and sacrifices that can ensue when we follow our conscience. Oh, and of course a love story too--but much more.
As a novel of its time, the protagonist is praised and admired for her strength of character, demonstrated by her continuous practice as a doormat. However, the book is really well written and the language is gorgeous to listen to. The actor is stellar, but the end, which the reader must know is coming because the romance component is so predictable, is abrupt and disappointing.
I watched the miniseries first by chance. The book gave me some insight into the story itself, but I can't help but think the novel is a little tedious. However, the performance is fantastic and made the experience enjoyable.
It was, at once, occasionally plodding and, ultimately, excessively drawn out, but also a great story. It took me a while to become invested in the story; indeed, I had almost resolved to get a refund. Margaret is not only aloof in the story, but is an aloof character to the reader, as well. I did not immediately like her, did not sympathize with her, and, in fact, many times, I could not understand her motivations. But, as the story progresses, her personality is gradually gleaned, (almost as if by osmosis!), and I begin to care for her. Overall, I appreciate this as a valuable piece of literature, and as a time capsule, but I think the story could easily have been shaved down by half, and been better for it. Juliet Stevenson performed it impeccably. I would definitely rank her in the top 5 narrators.