I will definitely be listeningto another work of this author. I chose it because I enjoyed the BBC drama production of it so much. I was really put at first because that the book is unfinished (the author died before writing the last chapter), but the narrative summing up the book by a magazine editor of the time was wonderful and very appropriate. I would say a much read if you enjoy Victorian novels and even if you don't.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
Prunella Scales is fabuous and brought additional charm to the work but I really think everyone should know that the author died before she could write the ending and after the 14th hour, that's a little frustrating.
If you like Jane Austin you will love this book. The story is set in a small village in England and it centers around a doctor and his family and their neighbors. Gas kin uses this setup as a microcosm showing the nature of people and their reactions to each other and life in general. Although the book was written over 150 yrs ago, people are the same. I recognized more than one personalty! But you must like this type of book to enjoy it. Think Jane Austin! Also, the narrator is outstanding.
I quite enjoyed this book. the heroine is very honourable but rather tearful which is rather off putting.. Perhaps she is a reflection of her age. Elizabeth Gaskell's characters do not have the sparkle of Jane Austen's but Jane Austen sets the bar rather high and Elizabeth Gaskell writes a very readable and enjoyable story. She puts quite a lot of "social conscience" stuff in her books.... I suppose it is because she was the daughter and wife of a minister. This does rather make the main character too good to be true. However, it all comes out in the end and I like the book well enough to buy more of Elizabeth Gaskell's titles as they become available on Audible.
This is the first book I have bought in which Prunella Scales is the narrator.. She is excellent
Definitely. Overall I was sorry when it was finished.. The story doesn't have many highs and lows... It just trundles along. but it is an easy listen and you feel at the end of the book that you know and like the characters.
The book and its author are great favorites of mine, but the performance was immensely more enjoyable.
Mrs. Gaskell's nuanced characterization is superb.
Prunella Scales not only gives a very unique performance for each of the main characters, she adds her own sensitive interpretation of them as well.
It is difficult to choose... I loved Ms. scales' Dr. Gibson best I think. But the maturity of Molly's voice with the passage of time was also very well done and Mrs. Gibson was superb!
I have also purchased Prunella Scales' performance of Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, but I wish she had covered all her major novels including North and South.
The story seemed slow to start but then I really got engrossed in it. I really enjoyed the reading style and variety of voices. I appreciated the extra touches and effort put into the performance!
I have listened to many dozen Victorian novels and this is the most amazing novel and the most amazing reading I have come across. Don't expect an explosion a minute but Gaskell is an absolute genius at wonderfully subtle character development.