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.
"Rich and brilliantly sculpted"
I never expected to enjoy an author as much as Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope so had a wonderful surprise in this fabulous novel. The observations of character, the twists of the storyline, the suspense that goes on and on as you feel sure your favourite people are going to cave in to petty family or public opinion against them....all very good. Add to that Juliet Stevenson's excellent narration and you have 95 hours or so of pure delight.
"One of the best novels I have ever read"
After hearing Zoe Heller praising Middlemarch at the Hay Festival several years ago, I'm sorry that it took me so long to read (or rather, listen to) this wonderful novel. All human life is here, and her observations on vanity, idealism, avarice, loss and so much more are as just as relevant today as they were then.
"Worth the slog!"
A book I've tried to read and failed on many occasions. Even on Audible it was had going at times, but I can see exactly what people say it's of such literary significance. Beautifully detailed characters. Occasionally the reading just by one person and involving so many make characters made the attempts at their voices (by a female speaker) rather hard to follow by it was a Herculean effort by Juliet Stevenson