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Fiona

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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    At the center of Middlemarch is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man who she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

    Deborah says: "Human nature revealed in all its complexity"
    "Hours of entertainment"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful reading of this classic novel. It is well-paced, and the voice "fits" the text perfectly. The voices of the different characters are well distinguished, without excessive resouce to accents or speech mannerisms. I just loved listening to this, hour after hour after hour after hour... I never wanted it to finish. Oh, and it's a great novel, of course :-)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Seven Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Donna Barkman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    An old mansion in Salem, moss-covered and gabled, broods over the destiny of a distinguished but troubled New England Family, the Pynchons. A haunting, centuries-old curse, a forceful probing of national and personal guilt, a romance between the young heroine and an attractive stranger all intertwine in this classic work by one of America's greatest novelists.

    Jas says: "Well done"
    "Great for poor sleepers"
    Overall

    I love 19thC novels and this was one of the few I hadn't read yet so I looked forward to listening to it.

    Unfortunately, I thought the boredom would kill me. The good thing is that the droning voice of the narrator worked a treat to put me to sleep night after night. After a couple of nights I had no idea what was going on but I got bored of skipping back to where I had [mentally] left off and just let it run through. I love most of the audio books I've bought but not this.

    What is most tedious is that nothing, I mean nothing, happens in this long novel! There's a sort of revelation towards the end but by the time you get there you couldn't care less anyway.

    Buy G. Eliot's Middlemarch instead. It's a real treat. Or anything narrated by Nadia May.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful

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