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Middlemarch | [George Eliot]

Middlemarch

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Named for the fictional community in which it is set, Middlemarch is George Eliot's rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. In it, a panoply of complicated characters attempt to carry out their destinies against the various social expectations that accompany their classes and genders.

At the center of the narrative is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man 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.

Epic in scope and unsurpassed in its study of human nature, Middlemarch is one of the greatest works of world literature.

Listen to the classics: peruse our full list of titles by George Eliot.

(P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the few English novels written for grown-up people." (Virginia Woolf)
"One of the most profound, wise, and absorbing of English novels...and above all, truthful and forgiving about human behavior." (Hermione Lee)
"No Victorian novel approaches Middlemarch in its width of reference, its intellectual power, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative....No writer has ever represented the ambiguities of moral choice so fully." (V.S. Pritchett)

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    Sara Montebelluna, Italy 10-11-11
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    "Wonderful classic"

    This is a true pearl of all British classics!Delightful description of society tainted with passion and wit, erudite literature but plenty of fun and entertainment! Read masterly too. Loved every second of it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Washington, DC, United States 08-25-11
    Elizabeth Washington, DC, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't give up on it - listen to the end!"

    Middlemarch is incredibly well written - so much so that you'll often rush over to whatever you're listening on and "bookmark" certain phrases.
    However, it starts out slow and there are a lot of characters.
    But, if you stick it out, it really is an excellent 'read.'
    It is actually the only audiobook I've gone back and listened to more than once.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Huron, OH, USA 09-29-08
    Samantha Huron, OH, USA 09-29-08
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    "Absolutely Fantastic!"

    This is a fantastic audiobook - great voice, lovely to listen to, performs different chatacters faithfully. The only problem I had is that it misses out one of the shorter chapters (chapter 40).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ramil C. Wright San Francisco 02-03-13
    Ramil C. Wright San Francisco 02-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding Novel; Marvelous Performance"

    This is a classic of English literature for good reason. Sure, it is written in mid-19th C language, but it you pay attention you will be richly rewarded. Profound insights into the themes of marriage and vocation permeate the story. Each major character, and there are many, is well developed and, almost without fail, never stereotyped. The performer, Nadia May, once again is able to convey the personality and nature of the characters by the tone, inflection, and pacing of her voice.

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    Marek Galiano, British Columbia, Canada 03-14-08
    Marek Galiano, British Columbia, Canada 03-14-08
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    "Excellent reading"

    I loved this reading.

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    "Great narrator!"

    Nadia May sounds like Judi Dench, and she is amazing! I own a book and have read it, but this Audible version is a great way to re-read it.

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    Amazon Customer California 03-10-15
    Amazon Customer California 03-10-15 Member Since 2004

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    "Entertaining English Lit"

    Bought because I love the narrator. The story dragged a little in the middle but had greatly developed characters.

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    Carol Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 04-26-13
    Carol Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book, esp. for intellectuals"

    Non-intellectuals may not be able to relate to Dorothea Causabon. I first read this when I had a long subway commute, so it flashed by me. Others may never make it to the end, which is too bad because the last line of this book is the best (and you don't understand it unless you read those that go before). Give me rarefied antique British drama any day. Our modern world is too complex.

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    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-07-12
    Amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "A wonderful look into everyday life of the period."

    This is a light read no suspense or murder it is just a tale of the lives of people in a small community. The narrator has an excellent voice for the storyteller. The characters are all so typically self-centered for the period and class.
    I love G.E.'s descriptive of every aspect of life and the motives behind the actions of some of the characters are simply astonishing.
    I could have asked for a narrator with a little more of a sense of humor. Nadia seemed to have missed the whimsy evoked by commentary the author made at times.
    However maybe I only found it amusing from an American stand point and the English are serious (who nows). Well worth the time it takes to listen.

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    Bernadette Stacey 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Charming"

    I really enjoyed the experience of listening to this classic. I was engaged in the story, cared about the characters and laughed out loud at some of George's descriptions of her protagonists. I had tried to read this book long ago and gave up. Listening to the story was such a different delightful experience.

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