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.
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.
Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.
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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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.
"Ruined by Narrator"
Adam Bede is incomparable to any book. It is a masterpiece as are all Eliot's works.
The whole presentation was flawed by the tenor of her voice and the irritating character studies.
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.
I hoped to buy Felix Holt by George Eliot but refrained from doing so because of narrator, Nadia May
No, they each have their place.
I loved Eliot's characterisations and beautiful descriptions.
They were all outstanding, Nadia May is a brilliant mimic and has an amazing voice range.
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.
I think George Eliot would have been very pleased with Nadia May's work. A great choice.
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