I am giving this book five stars because of its content, and not the recording. I'll discuss the recording below.
What makes this book fascinating is what readers generally find in George Eliot's work: a concern with ethics, religion, and humanity. Eliot approaches these topics in this text through the figure of Silas Marner, a weaver who has been wronged by the (religious) community he grew up in and, as a result, lives a solitary life.
Eliot tries to show how social constraints affect the way we think about people and the world, as well as the great struggle that people have when their faith in people and the world are challenged. Eliot never gives us simple answers; instead she asks us to think about why we hold the values we do and how these values are constructed.
The book is a quick and pleasurable read. It is also very sad. You will likely find yourself not being able to put the audiobook down, so to speak.
One note of caution: this recording is absolutely terrible. It took me a couple of hours--despite the fact that I listen to audiobooks often and am accustomed to English accents--to adjust to the narrator's voice, largely because of the poor recording and despite the narrator's beautiful reading. I usually listen while walking my dog, and had trouble hearing the book when there was even the slightest noise around me. If you plan on listening to the book at home, this may not matter to you.
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