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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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    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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