As a listener who loved Mary Barton, I think this Elizabeth Gaskell novel is even stronger. The story is romantic and compelling and the social and historic elements make it interesting and inspired me to learn more about that period. It is one of those rare books that left me feeling bereft when it ended.
Yes, Yes and Yes.
A beautiful story and very well written.
Yes. All good
I watched movie played by R Armitage. Love the movie, novel and now narrator Juliet S.Buy it. I promise you won't regret.
I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.
After listening to several other books so beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson, I decided to start following her work. This is how I came across the novels written by Elizabeth Gaskell. After this, my third book by Gaskell, I asked myself, "How could I have missed her?!?"
Her books, generally, I would describe as intricately interwoven mixes of historical fiction, social justice, and romance. North and South, the most widely acclaimed of her works, is (to no surprise) wonderful! I have to say, though, that I enjoyed the other two of her books I have read (so far) to be just as enjoyable.
She does tackle difficult subjects with a realism that provides a hard look into the injustices of her time--and without over generalizing the lives of the wealthy nor impoverished classes. The stories she tells, in fact, are often heartbreaking AND hopeful, but not for the faint of heart.
I look forward, with great appreciation, to the many hours still left for me written and narrated, respectively, by Elizabeth Gaskell and Juliet Stevenson. ✨✨✨
I was prompted to buy this romance after watching the BBC series. There are a few differences between the book and the series, most notably the BBC compresses the end of the story for a quicker resolution. The novel and the series have been compared to Pride and Prejudice, but are not derivative of it. The theme of the novel is conscience and the decisions it leads us to make.
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!).