"Don't be daunted by the length"
Beginning this book seems like a major commitment however give it 5 or 6 hours and you will become absorbed into a world made real by Juliet Stevenson's wonderful, expressive narration. Having spent a month listening to this I now feel sad it is over and feel sure I will listen again at some point as the phrasing and characterisation is so acute and still so recognisable in this century.
"Faultless performance, wonderful novel"
Juliet Stevenson brings all the characters to life with great skill and intelligence. Their stories, told by George Eliot with wit, sympathy and psychological insight, held my interest and attention; and the period background is informative.
"Antique chick lit"
I was not familiar with George Eliot so did not know what to expect. The other reviews are are all widely enthusiastic.
The novel is initially concerned with the sort of family the sisters are descended from (Wealthy but not very wealthy), potential suitors (varying degrees of wealth), what to do with mother's jewels (wear them? maybe not they look so much better on you, no, no you should have them dearest etc etc). Fascinating.
My favourite book of all time beautifully read unabridged by Juliet Stevenson. Her voice 'became' each character, male or female. I wanted it to go on forever! Beautifully produced audio book, no problems at all.
"Superb! Captivating & stirring!"
Having decided on reading a classic I feel I've chosen well here!
Beautifully read, well paced, humorous & touching!
In short - brilliant!
"So much more"
There's just so much more to this novel than the story. There are insights into human nature that are every bit as relevant today than when the book was written. The TV dramatisation is excellent and I have watched it over and over but this audio book reminded me of how much more there is in the whole text. Brilliant!
"Perfect for long (very long) trips"
This is a long long book - perfect for my long long drives.
Juliet Stevenson is a brilliant actress, bringing subtlety and personality to each character. The only flaw is in the massive list of characters - no single person could possibly do each so uniquely as to sound individual.
Anyone wishing to listen to this in one sitting is in solitary confinement. Took 4 nights just to download it.
Great value for money. Definitely worth it. Just got 4 out of 5 as its not the best book in the world - but suits my purpose well (a very very long listen).
I read this marvellous book many years ago . It is as many have observed , the greatest novel in English literature.
This rendition by Juliet Stephenson was perfect. It brought the characters to life. Her voice is wonderful. I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. A poor narrator can ruin a masterpiece, a good one enhance it. Well done Juliet Stephenson.
"A classic superbly narrated"
Long. Intricate. Absorbing.
Mary Garth - for her determination and belief in herself.
Juliet performed all of the characters fantastically well. There are so many, and yet she managed to give them all their unique voice and way of speaking. Excellent job.
I would never have had time to sit down and read Middlemarch, but listening to it means I managed to absorb this classic, important novel in about a month. With the superb narration, I think I enjoyed it more than I would have done reading it myself. Highly recommend.
"A tour de force on both writing and narration"
This is a very long book and thus a very long listen so excellent value for Audible subscribers. A wealth of characters, some likeable, some not but you will be keen to learn the fates of all. Securing Juliet Stevenson as the narrator was a masterstroke. Her deep voice and talent for accents and dialect (as well as other languages for some chapter introductions) made her depiction of both female and male characters entirely plausible. I have read this book many times and studied it at both school and university but I never grow tired of it. The television adaptation some years ago starring Juliet Aubrey at Dorothea Brooke was outstanding but this is even better as one can enjoy the entire unabridged story and revel in the beauty and complexity of the writing as the intertwined lives of the characters unfold.
The language is very much in the same vein as Jane Austen and deals to a certain extent with the same concerns of the day, the prospects for both men and women in different classes of society. In Dorothea Brooke we have a similar character to that of Elizabeth Bennet. Intelligent, independent women with a conscience who still have to live within the constraints of 19th century society and make respectable marriages.