Juliet Stevenson is an excellent narrator. Her pace was just right and her portrayal of the various characters, male and female, was superb. Would search out other audiobooks just for her narration.
Am about 3/4 of the way through, don't have a favorite scene yet.
Middlemarch has been on my "to read" list for a long time. Have also wanted to see the BBC adaptation, but wanted to wait and read the book first. Listening has been a great experience because of the story and the narrator. Wish I knew more about the history/politics of the setting, which I might have gotten through the notes when reading the book, but have understood enough to enjoy the story. Will go back and research later. Have been surprised at how funny some of George Eliot's dialogue is.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this one -- oh, this one is, unquestionably, the best.
Juliet Stevenson manages to make language that is forbiddingly inaccessible to many who attempt to sit down and read Middlemarch, amazingly vital and natural. Scenes that feature a bunch of old men talking about land grants suddenly become funny! She has an uncanny ability to create such a variety of distinct, emotionally realized characters, combined with an unparalleled mastery over incredibly difficult language.
I have to admit, I opened up a copy of Middlemarch after listening to this, and I was astonished. Stevenson's performance is so natural, accessible, and perfectly communicates the meaning and intention of the language, that I had no idea how difficult the book really was. A masterpiece of the English language - and an incredibly rewarding story, yes, yes - but it's Stevenson's performance that elevates this audiobook to a level of sublimity. I can't say enough good things about it.
I am so grateful I picked this edition: I am now a diehard Juliet Stevenson fan. I was already a George Eliot fan but after Middlemarch I think "fan" is too light and fluffy a word. Taking a break from Eliot for awhile, the experience was so intense (and rather long) but the next book I chose I chose from Stevenson's performances. It is not just her voice but her intelligent reading of the text. Cannot say enough good things about either this book or this reader.
Yes. Now that I've finished, I find myself missing it. The characters are so interesting. George Eliot really created a masterpiece. Juliet Stevenson captures the whole of this masterpiece - nuances of sarcasm, humor, and naïveté that other readers miss. I miss listening to it and miss Ms. Stevenson's various delightful voices.
The moment when Dorothea realizes she married a pompous, fluffbag. You feel the pain of her disenchantment so keenly. You really hope that something good comes to her after all her good intentions and thinking well of people.
I liked the voices she gave the different characters. I also love how she managed to pick up on the sub-text - there were times where I found myself laughing out loud, times where I felt like crying, and all the time I was fully entertained. I think this was only possible because of the very sensitive and complex reading she gave. I was listening to this on a very long roadtrip that I had to make by myself . . . I was actually very surprised with how well she kept me awake. Everyone told me what a boring, long read "Middlemarch" would be. Didn't feel that way at all.
Camden Farebrother. I feel like he would be super nice and we'd have a good conversation. I love Dorothea and I want to say her, but I think I'd feel intimidated by her.
I have read many a chick book and watched many a chick flick but after 2 hours I could not go any further. I may have rated the narrator better but I could not get past the book.
I found the town and the way of life interesting. The descriptions were wonderful.
It was way too long. I assume it was originally published as newspaper series.
Story wasn't very interesting...boring
No...just couldn't connect with this book..
The accent did not enhance the book
Sometimes a book can have a stronger impact on a reader because of where that reader happens to be in their life at the time that they read it. Had I read 'Middlemarch' when I was younger, I don't think I would have been as moved. I love a writer who creates complex characters who are forced to choose between following their own innate sense of right and wrong or live their lives bound by the demands of societal/religious dogma. The fact that Ms. Evans had to write under the pen name George Eliot because she was considered "too intellectual" speaks volumes.
Just finished listening to this wonderful book. Juliet Stevenson made it a fantastic listen. I looked forward to hearing her tell this interesting story. I became so involved in the lives of the people of Middlemarch as they lived their lives in1830. A classic I will never forget.
Mr. Garth was one of my favorite characters. An honest and true man. A loving father and attentive husband. He was clearly the best in Middlemarch.
Juliet Stevenson made every character come alive for me by changing her voice and intonation. I saw Mr Bullstrode as a big, heavyset man who had trouble getting the words out due to his weight. Mr. Casorbin, the husband of the lead character, Dorothea, was a smarmy, unpleasant person. I was furious that the beautiful Dorothea married him. Juliet Stevenson made me despise him and feel so sad for Dorothea.
No, I wanted to savor this book slowly. It was about 35 hours long so I knew I could take my time and enjoy parts of it each day.
If you like stories that take a very, very long time to develop, then, by all means, choose this book! It was not easy to do but I forced myself to hang in there but by mid-point of the book I just had to give up and call it a bad choice. The story just never took off --- a very, very slow read and way too much inconsequential narrative and detail. I really did not like the narration either --- it was as if she too was reading the book for the first time.
I have been a member of Audible for a couple of years but my last two book choices have been the worst! I received a credit refund last time and chose this book as my next choice. I'm on a losing streak!