"Brilliant reading of a complex tale"
Juliet stephe sons genius at reading a complex novel, in a variety of voices and accents
Mr Lydgate, so idealistic and so betrayed by life
"Sorry I'm not more enthusiastic..............."
Usually, I love a long Victorian novel. 'A tale of Two Cities' and 'North and South' have been two of my absolute favourite listens, and I had high hopes for Middlemarch. However, despite Juliet Stephenson's best efforts, I just couldn't get into this book. However, I found it difficult. The characters were not drawn in such a way that I cared about their lives and what happened to them, and I'm sorry to say that, for the first time with an audio book, I didn't finish it.
"Very Special from Beginning to End"
Absolutely. Although it is a very long book I found it entertaining all the way through, and at times hilarious.
Juliet Stevenson is fabulous. Narrating a book of this length must have been an immense effort yet the excellent quality persists throughout.
"Middlemarch read by Juliet Stevenson, genius."
Splendid - simply splendid. Yes, I would listen again - there's a gem to replay at every turning.
Lydgate - believable, human and rounded.
Rome when Will and Dorothea meet up. Actually, too many to count.
When the Vicar put aside his interest in Mary to help young Garth win her.
A book to read before you die - in a league of it's own. Why wait?
It has the power to change your life.
"A first class listen."
absorbing, entertaining and brilliant.
no it is too long and detailed to absorb in one go.
"If you enjoy Victorian Lit you will love this."
Forget Bleak House, forget Pride and Prejudice; Middlemarch is the pinnacle of 19th century literature. An extraordinarily clever and satisfying story of rural British life. You will recognize your contemporaries in these characters. This is a grown ups' book. All the personalities and the observations of how they interact are so brilliantly created that you have to wonder if they are actually fictional. There are so many lines you want to write down and quote later that you have to just give up and bask in the genius of GE.
On top of that, Juliet Stevenson is the best narrator I've come across on Audible. The depth of her insight into the characters was so great that I could easily pretended that George Eliot was reading it to me. Thank you so much for this.
Oh God, I've just given three stars to an undisputed classic!
The good bits - the narration and the main, thwarted love story.
The not so good - it drags... For the majority of the storylines you could see where they were going, usually with a terrible inevitability. Zero suspense. The main character was hugely constrained by the social norms and niceties of the time, which I know were stifling, but I just wanted her to be strong and step outside what she was supposed to be.
I don't have a problem with long or classic books in general - War and Peace was fantastic. However, I did choose this one as I had just listened to JK Rowling's new book, which people were calling "Mugglemarch" and I wanted to see how fair the comparison was. JK Rowling won for me!!
I loved this book when I first read it many years ago, and now it is such a treat to have it read to me by somebody with such a fantastic voice.
I admit I am only listening to this as I feel I should as it is a classic and not one we tackled at school. Whilst I appreciate it as a social commentary of it's time and that the narrator is very good I have to say it is like wading through treacle. I am now half way and have my doubts if I will ever finish. If it were the paperback I would skip to the end........
This is such a fabulous book that it deserves a wonderful narrator,which Juliet Stevenson is. She brings to life all of the characters, including the author - who is a character herself with such wonderful comments on humanity and life. This helped me through many interminable bus journeys and washing up! I highly recommend it,