i will be listening to Middlemarch many, many times, because (1) i love the story and characters, and (2) i love Juliet Stevenson's narration.
i cannot compare Middlemarch to any other book i have yet heard on audible.com; it sets the bar very, very high.
to tell the truth, i'm nuts about the very last paragraph -- unhistoric acts and unvisited tombs.
How To -- and How Not To -- Live Life
i've read, and seen the BBC miniseries, a bunch of times, but this is the first time that i laughed as much as i did. the author's sardonic wit and sly humor came through in Ms. Stevenson's voices, accents, and narration as a whole. i was delighted entirely.
Outstanding on every front. The psychology of every character illuminated gradually by Eliot could be lifted and placed in the modern era and there might be just at home.
This was a fantastic story and wonderfully narrated! Stevenson portrays the characters in a lively and captivating way.
I highly recommend it!
I had read this in college, so probably not as the length of hearing this takes a lot of time. But this is not to diminish the value of it. After all, I did choose to revisit this on audio.
Three deaths--no spoilers--are captured well by Juliet Stevenson channeling Eliot. The wheezes, the fear, the struggle: each time, you are there by the bedside in the dark.
No, I haven't, so n/a.
I like Causabon. I feel sorry for him as well as Dorothea. They pursue a grand scholarly project doomed never to be finished. Eliot shows us the reasons they do so, and also stands a bit apart from the characters, to show us their own human limitations.
Very long but worth it. I recommend reading the novel first, as it is difficult for a listener on the go to register every nuance and aside that Eliot's prose and tone produce. Stevenson's performance is very well-matches in this marathon reading of over thirty hours to this work.
Victorian sagas are not exactly my genre of choice. But this story utterly captured my imagination - because it's a masterpiece, I suppose, and in equal measure because of Juliet Stevenson's astonishing performance of it. Her command of the characters, and of their regional accents and mannerisms will make you forget, over and over, that you're listening to a single narrator. This is more than an audio book - it's a life experience!
You can listen to this quite easily at 1.5x (I regret no possibility for 1.75x), then when there are extended conversations, especially amongst townspeople, back it down to 1x. 1.5-1.75x is an appropriate silent reading pace.
Did we ever really talk like this? Beautiful language requiring full concentration. Touching stories of a difficult time in which to live. Well worth the investment in time!
While the length may seem overwhelming at first, there is not a single superfluous word in the text. The characters are full and beautiful and flawed, and by the end of the book you will feel as if you are parting from the dearest of friends.
Perfect! A classic that should be revisited with frequency. Re-read this after reading Sri Hustvedt's A Blazing World. Great contrast on women's issues.