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.
I really love this story. Juliet Stevenson did and amazing narration. The emotions of the story were done beautifully. Impeccable southern & northern accents--also Irish and French. I'll be looking for other books narrated by her.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I came to this book because I am such a fan of the four-hour series based on the book. Naturally, the book is more full-bodied and includes many more nuances than the show's time constraints would allow.
The book is wonderful, rich and detailed. We get to know more about Margaret and Mr. Thornton and we feel the confusion and pain both of them go through.
I love both the novel and the show and am glad I experienced both.
The narrator is phenomenal, so clear-speaking and wonderful with accents. She is a new favorite of mine!
Reading what I had read did not involve her performance.
Story did not catch me at any point ... I just stopped reading it.
This is just for Audible: Your recent suggestions, except for The Professor, have not been very good FOR ME. That said, the type of story line your editors seem to think worthy of your readers reading obviously are not mine. Not their fault, nor yours. Just wanted you to know. Please do not display this writing. As I said, this is just meant for Audible.com. Ann
struggled in some places, very slow. reminds you of pride/prejudice meets sense/sensibility. accents were tough, narrator was awesome, story was just ok.
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.