While I could appreciate the exquisite turns of phrase and skillful use of the English language, I couldn't get into the story. I found my mind wandering, and I'd snap out of it and start listening again and wonder what happened while I'd "dozed off." Juliet Stevenson is an excellent reader, but even she couldn't keep me involved. I struggled along for several hours, but surrendered about a third of the way through.
Seriously. Middlemarch is a fabulous book: thoughtful, inspiring, unique, and a good story at the same time.
Juliet Stevenson is the ideal narrator for such a long, dense novel -- there are a lot of characters, and a lot of philosophy, and she brings both of these things to life for the listener. In some ways, I found listening to her Middlemarch easier than when I read it on my own!
Eliot's nuanced characters and the psychological insights she provides into their actions, good and bad, are moving and thought-provoking. Although the society she writes about is long gone, she uncovers human truths that stand up to the present.
Witty, intelligent, captivating.
The whole book is filled with memorable moments, good writing, astute observations.
Juliet Stevenson is convincing and versatile. I couldn't stop listening!
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.
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.