North and South is probably Elizabeth Gaskell's best novel. However, many have compared it with Pride and Prejudice and even praised it was better. I'd beg to differ; Pride and Prejudice is still above North and South though it is still worth the read.
The performance was incredible. At times, I could not believe this was all being read by one person! Every character sounded different. It was very well done!
First saw this as a mini seriez thru amazon prime. Loved it so 8 decided to read the book. Loved it as well! Juliet Stevenson doez an awesome job at narration. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes period pieces
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The story was fantastic and the reader made it even more enjoyable! I already can't wait to listen to it again! :)
Juliet Stevenson magnificently narrates Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel. Her brilliance as an artist is masterfully portrayed in the use of dialect and accent to portray individual characters.
My mistake for not previewing 1st. The narrator sounded as if she was decades older than the 19 year old MC and/or a very heavy smoker - a really bad match. Had the performance itself not been so good, it would have completely ruined it for me.
The choice of narrator.
Terrific novel--Gaskell is a new discovery for me. She's not the wit or stylist Austen is, but she gives an entirely new twist to the Victorian marriage plot (no spoilers here, but look for the role reversals in the lead couple). Juliet Stevenson is MAGNIFICENT, goes straight to the top of my brilliant Brit readers list.
I'd rank this novel in the top ten. I'll be looking for other books by the author.
I admired Margaret although her reticence and scruples made her slow to express her feelings.
Not that I recall, but her voice and delivery suited the text, and the characters.
A sensitive and intelligent woman lives the changes brought about by England's move into the industrial age.
I just "cheated" by reading an online biography of Gaskell. I'm astounded that I had never heard of this prolific Victorian writer--admired by Dickens and by critics then and now. Her descriptions are beautiful, and her characters "real." She wrote "Cranford" which was made into a BBC series with Judy Dench.