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Adam Bede | [George Eliot]

Adam Bede

George Eliot's first full-length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love. Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles - and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.
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Publisher's Summary

George Eliot's first full-length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love.

Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, delights only in her baubles - and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.

Betrayed by their innocence, both Adam and Hetty allow their foolish hearts to trap them in a triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution. Only in the lovely Dinah Morris, a preacher, does Adam find his redemption.

(P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Tad Davis 03-08-15
    Tad Davis 03-08-15
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    "Country tragedy and country humor"

    I have a kind of love/hate relationship with George Eliot. On one hand, she writes beautifully crafted novels filled with interesting and solid characters. On the other hand, she's always interrupting her narrative to tell me how to think about it. She's forever reaching after generalizations, but many of them ring as false to me as the narrative itself rings true.

    Adam Bede is no exception. As a narrator, Eliot annoys me; as a narrative, the book is a graceful and moving story about life and love in a small village as the 18th century slides into the 19th. (Some of the dinner-table conversation revolves around Bony - Napoleon - and the threat he and the armies of France pose.)

    Adam is a carpenter who's in love with Hatty; but Hatty's head has been turned by Arthur, the son of the local squire. Arthur and Adam fight; Arthur goes off to join his regiment; Hatty decides to marry Adam after all; but as the day approaches, she discovers (in wonderfully elliptical Victorian prose) that she's pregnant.

    In some ways the book could have been written by Thomas Hardy. The ending is less grim than it would have been in Hardy's hands, and there is considerably more country-folkish humor throughout the book; but not everyone makes it through, and there is a kind of autumnal poignancy about the last moments.

    One of the more remarkable achievements in the book is the character Dinah, an early Methodist. Until the Conference forbids it, Dinah plays the unusual role of itinerant preacher. She's a gentle, loving, peaceful soul, and one of the few utterly believable persons of faith I've encountered in fiction.

    Nadia May is a comfortable narrator, reliable as a rock, and I very much enjoyed her performance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 04-21-11
    Angela Nashville, TN, United States 04-21-11
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    "Smooth and Enjoyable Listening"

    After listening to MIddlemarch, I eagerly sought-out another of George Eliot's books. I am satisfied that I selected Adam Bede. As her first book, it is not as polished as Middlemarch; however, it is quite enjoyable. The reader, Nadia May, is superb. She employs every voice mechnization possible to portray the many characters authentically and she succeeds.A good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 01-19-15
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.

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    "Consummate reading by Nadia May"

    There are some audiobook readers whose narrations never fail and among those I would place Nadia May. I have had this audiobook for more than a decade and never got around to listening to it until now but it is still as wonderful as the day I bought it - and now there are so many other readings available but this is still the one I would choose. Nadia May has wonderful tone, pace, diction and an ability to tell a story without drawing attention to herself. That said her ability to appropriately read dialects in a natural tone is an amazing talent.

    In this particular text she speaks the dialect of the rural farmers and tradespeople in a way that makes the realism for which George Eliot strives have a much greater impact than reading the book as a text. I have heard many of her other narrations such as 'Anna Karenina' in which her ability to give a subtle Russian accent to words also made the reading a much greater pleasure than would otherwise be the case.

    I love the intricacy of the text in 19th century novels and having a reader like Nadia May makes these readings so much richer. I highly recommend this book, particularly as read by such a talented narrator.

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    alison 01-30-10
    alison 01-30-10

    "Hi My name is Ali and I'm an Audible addict." "Hi Ali!"

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    "Really good!"

    So this is a chick book back in the day when chicks were not allow to write and so had to use male pen names. For the time and place in history this was written it is a very good story with excellent character development and plot line.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Ruined by Narrator"
    Would you try another book written by George Eliot or narrated by Nadia May?

    No


    What other book might you compare Adam Bede to, and why?

    Adam Bede is incomparable to any book. It is a masterpiece as are all Eliot's works.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The whole presentation was flawed by the tenor of her voice and the irritating character studies.


    Was Adam Bede worth the listening time?

    The story would have been,; I have read the book and loved it. The narrator made the listening tedious. I would never buy a book narrated by her.


    Any additional comments?

    I hoped to buy Felix Holt by George Eliot but refrained from doing so because of narrator, Nadia May

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/10/14
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    "Wonderful story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Adam Bede to be better than the print version?

    No, they each have their place.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Eliot's characterisations and beautiful descriptions.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favourite?

    They were all outstanding, Nadia May is a brilliant mimic and has an amazing voice range.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is profoundly moving, everything links together, you are aware that anything not understood early on will certainly be explained or developed later.


    Any additional comments?

    I think George Eliot would have been very pleased with Nadia May's work. A great choice.

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