In a Jan Austiny way the book had about the same kind of characters. Margaret, the beautiful and level headed heroine was a great character study. I liked the way Gaskell got into the heads of the characters and analyzed their feelings and motives. I thought the reader was great as she switched amongst the British and Scottish accents of the gentry and the common folk.
It was a sociological study of the differences in the Northern Industrial conditions and the agrarian South in England. Margaret was advocating communication between the 'masters' and the common worker for better production and conditions for both. Unrequited love was also a constant theme throughout the book.
I was rather sad when it ended.
I loved the movie North and South so I thought I would love to book. I could not get into the book so I decided to go the audiobook route. I love to hear Juliet Stevenson read so it was a great deal for me. I did not love the actual book ending - but that has nothing to do with the quality of the story/narrator. I just liked the movie ending better.
Juliet Stevenson has a voice which is calm and easy to listen to.
Obviously Pride and Prejudice although this has more of a 'historical fiction' feel but the characters are just as wonderful. This is a bit darker of a story but the "passionate battle" between Margaret and John is even more emotionally exciting than Elizabeth and Darcy and that is saying a lot as P&P is my favorite!
I think I love the end when Margarets face is buried in her hands and he says her name in that calm, low, passionate voice.
Juliet Stevenson does a great northern accent. I found her John Thornton especially dreamy to listen to. Of course this is an amazing book, a classic, and the audiobook is excellent as well.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
I love Cranford, but it's too short. Mary Barton is great. But this one is my Gaskell favorite to date. And this narrator is perfect for this book.
Narrator Juliet Stevenson really brought to life Elizabeth Gaskell's social commentary on agrarian versus industrial England just as unions began to emerge in the north. This book was selected by our book club and I know hearing this reading made the book more memorable.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Juliet Stevenson's narration was perfect for this story of class differences, labor vs. the masters, etc.
Margaret Hale was a strong character who grows as the book evolves. She has almost every bad thing happen to her and she continues to do the right thing. She is a great heroine.
Any book she does is suberb.
The end when Mr. Thornley and Margaret meet for what could be the last time...It has it all, humor and pathos.
Wonderful story, but I did find Margaret's father as the weakest character in the novel. If he leaves the church because he believes more in the reformers than the regular church, why does the family no longer seem to attend church at all? For a former minister to become a tutor but not attend church seems false to me. My only complaint on the book though.
The characters all came to life for me with the audio version. It was so good that I could see it happening.
It will always be memorable for me when Margaret Hale began to realize that she could no longer return to the home she had idealized but that her place was where she had become involved with the man she loved.
No. I preferred to listen to it as I could and savor the moments when I could hear more.
I would recommend this audible book to anyone. Very good rendition.
The plot is what keeps me going in this book. There are many unexpected twists and turns. The characters spend a good deal of time discussing philosophy, especially that related to business ("trade") and the views of union members. Their conversations don't seem to be as real as one could wish, I have a hard time thinking that real people talk this way. But I, for one, find the discussion interesting.The love story keeps the story going as well, although Margaret seems to take an agonizingly long time to realize what is happening to her in her relationship with Mr. Thornton. She is a very perceptive woman about people around her - except for Mr. Thornton and herself. Perhaps that is true of all of us.In spite of Charles Dickens' dissatisfaction with the book (he was its first publisher), I enjoyed it immensely.
The performance is very good, Juliet Stevenson manages to create distinct characters with her voice, does a good job with the male voices and personalities, has distinct accents for people of differing areas and overall kept me engaged in listening.
I love reading books by woman authors from this era. Lately, since discovering Audible, I have been listening to some that I haven't previously read. This one is my absolute favorite so far. Some people might think this book is too long and too full of description, but I listen to books at work and it was perfect for me. The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, was perfect for this book. The story is probably fairly predictable, but for me it was definitely worth listening to the whole book to get to the end that I knew was coming. The story is just so great! The character development is amazing, and when I was done I was sad and felt like I was missing some good friends. I might even listen to it again ....