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.
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.