Be forewarned. I listed to this very long and delightful book all the way to the point where it suddenly says "and we'll never know what happens because the author died." This is quite literally right at the point where the story is about to climax. I still suggest it, but now you know what I did not.
Cynthia's veiled, modern sentiments towards suitors of both country and London ways in old English country settings contrasts well with traditional Scottish stepfather prudence and kindness.
If you understand what I have written here you will embrace this beautifully executed audiobook.
Yes - it's a great long read in the style of Jane Austin, but with a little more of an edge, so it kept my interest up. Prunella Scales is an immaculate portrayer of different characters of different ages, backgrounds, and gender - she never missed a beat or hit a false note. From here on I will listen to anything she has recorded!
I would recommend this book to a friend who feels like reading a victorian story. The description of characters is excellent, particularly the insights into the characters' motivations. The story line is engaging.
Portraits of the characters. Gaskel's descriptions are clear and sympathetic.
I don't know how to answer this question. The reader was very good.
Lady Harriet! I would know for sure that she would be honest with me.
Although I would recommend this book to any person who enjoys victorian literature, I have to note that the book was left unfinished. The author died before finishing the last chapter. Instead of the last chapter there is a lovely short essay buy her publisher that explains what Gaskel was planning to write. It was very pleasant to listen to it because it provided a reflection on the novel and the author. It was like a voice from the past, putting the novel into the context of her contemporary readers.
We all run out of Jane Austen books after a time. This very nearly ascents to the same heights of genius. The narrator is a gem.
Most of the scenes in which the step-mother tries to maintain her authority over her far-more intelligent and sensitive step-daughter. It's a struggle for mastery. There are also many comic scenes, where the step-mother shows her slavish devotion and worship of local aristocratic characters.
She is a master of different class and locality accents.
My Step-Mother was a B**ch!
Some people may already love Prunella Scales, thanks to her performance in the televised "Lucia and Mapp." Here she outdoes herself.
Love Jane Austen and Agatha Christy. Simple clean romance with lovable characters or non-gory, puzzling and amusing mysteries.
The Little House at Allington
Molly - she is the heroine
Very good story of family and relationships with a bit of romance
I just devoured this book! The characters are beautifully etched, with great humor and great sympathy. A truly fun book, and Prunella Scales is perfection. Can't wait to listen to more from her!
Gasped when I got to the end, and found it was unfinished - but only a few pages short of the end. There is no doubt about how it will all turn out, but it's a shame she didn't get to finish it. Don't let that deter you - it's a delight.
I SOOO wish I had known this before the end. I just about screamed when at the last chapter it stopped! That being said, I did enjoy the story. I spent almost 24 hours listening, and did not regret it until the very end. Even then, I think if I would have been prepared for the authors death, I would have been fine with it. She had already tied up the loose ends and the writing really was on the wall for the ending. After finishing the book, I immediately watched the mini-series and was happy that they really did end it with what I think was the perfect ending to Elizabeth Gaskell's story.
I only wish Prunella Scales recorded more audiobooks, as she is the ideal narrator for this sort of novel, flawlessly assuming every character, the author's above all.
The novel is unfortunately unfinished, though only a few pages were yet to be written at Gaskell's death, and she had foreshadowed how the story would end. It would be a shame to miss such a good book because the ending is cut short, but you need to be aware of this before beginning.