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
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!
I am only half-way through this 33-hour extravaganza, but George Eliot's writing is insightful and quietly witty. Contrary to today's "Law & Order"-type of no-backstory storylines, this tome dives deep into each character's psyche and motivations. Trying to decide which characters are the good guys is a challenge, as little is black-and-white in Middlemarch.
The characters' voices are very well done, and Stevenson's measured reading pace perfectly suits the material. Her voice is a joy, and she manages to wade through the long, convoluted sentences with integrity of style and preservation of meaning.
Yes, yes and yes again. It is a terrific way of experiencing George Eliot's masterpiece of English life as metaphor for living.
Immediately after finishing 'Middlemarch', I began listening to Tolstoy's 'War and Peace'. The obvious similarity is the length, albeit Tolstoy wins this hands down, but there is also within each book the deeper understanding and exposition of human frailty and beauty as represented by the many and several characters.No one character is whole but rather each person can be seen to be acting in particular ways that the reader/listener can, if they so choose, identify within their own behaviours and those of their closest kith and kin.Both books by their length and depth explore so many aspects of what it means to be human and in relationship, whether healthy or not.
Simply put - I adore the sound of her voice. In addition Ms Stevenson was able to bring individual characters to life with her vocal skill. She kept the tempo moving and yet at no point did I fell my listening was being hurried by her reading.
A Pastoral Parable - perhaps??
Just listen to it.
Provincial, emotional, and masterful.
I loved Fred Vincy. His story evolves throughout the book, and he's imperfect but strives to better himself. In the beginning he's lost as to what to do with his life and his family is trying to push him towards a profession that he knows he'd neither like or is well suited for. In the end, after a very bumpy road he's able to achieve happiness although it's not in the form he once imagined it would be when he was younger. I feel like his story is similar to what a lot of young people go through and I empathized with him.
I love Juliet Stevenson as a reader. She is my favorite reader, and I have listened to a great number of her audibook readings. She nails the characterization of the characters she's reading and her voice brings so much warmth and life to the story.
The most memorable character is probably Dorthea Brookes because she is the central character in the book. A lot of the action in the book centers around her trials and tribulations. She also grows immensely as a character, and is sympathetic. I was surprised because in the beginning I didn't think I'd like her very much or relate to her but as the story progressed I found myself warming up to her to the point where are the end I was cheering for her.
I am steadily listening my way through the classics and Middlemarch is one of the best. Juliet Stevenson's performance is great and the characters are bought to life. Recommended for anyone looking to enjoy a long complex novel.