If you could take only one audiobook to a desert island, this would have to be it! I have long been a fan of both George Eliot's work and of Juliet Stevenson's narration, but this surpassed all expectations. A well-crafted story brilliantly characterised.
"One of the most brilliant books I've ever re-read"
One of my favourite books of all time, and another wonderful performance by Juliet Stevenson. Highly recommended to all readers.
"Juliet Stevenson is extraordinary"
I've known and loved the book for years, so no surprises there. But the narration by Juliet Stevenson is just amazing - the range of accents, the different voices for various characters and her beautifully modulated delivery of the narrative blew me away. What an exceptional talent. I sometimes wonder what actors are paid so much for: now I know.
"Classic soap opera"
For the women characters to be stronger and more assertive. Dorothea was clearly an intelligent woman but she just gave in all the time to the men around her. I liked Mary much better. She knew what she wanted, said so and in the end got her way.
Return of the Native b Thomas Hardy
Juliet Stevenson gave all the characters individuality and she was my favourite thing about this book. The bumbling, stuttering uncle was the best.
A host of characters all with different stories, which to me appeared to be like a period soap opera.
I have read the novel at least 5 times over the years but hearing the words read in Juliet Stevensons beautiful and flexible voice has added a unique new pleasure to the enjoyment of this great story. I found it perfect!
"What amazing insight into the human condition."
Yes, as it is such a rich story and I probably missed some of this in hurrying to get to the end
Eliot's ability to show each character from their own authentic view. I also was impressed at the building and interweaving of all the characters into an overall plot that was believable and rich indepth.
No, but think she is a great narrator
"Best Victorian Novel."
The writing was beautiful and the narration was wonderful. What kept me most enthralled though was the ability of the author to deal with the essential human condition in its many diverse manifestations in a way that transcended the time in which it was written.
The novel was realistic and honest and not just 'happy ever after'. I loved Eliot's philosophical reflections on what was happening in the text.
Stevenson's range of voices was excellent.
'There are so many way to be in the world - dare to be different'.
Highly recommended. I downloaded a character chart of the relationships which was very useful to keep track of who's who.
"Is this the best novel ever written?"
I have read it and loved it over the years. Wonderful performance by Juliet Stephenson. It is long but well worth the effort.
The best audiobook I've listened too. By far. Beautiful reading of a fabulous novel.
The downfall of Bulstrode and with him, Dr Lydgate
I'd buy audiobooks just because Juliet Stephenson was a narrator. 84 Charing Cross Road being one example. But this was an outstanding reading of what can be dense text.
A very special story of a very ordinary town
"Juliet Stevenson makes the reading magnificent."
Not again - this is probably a once in a lifetime listen, but not to be missed.
The slow progression, as the characters in Middlemarch are introduced, developed, and inter-act.
At over 30 hours, I think not.