We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Middlemarch | [George Eliot]

Middlemarch

Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.
Regular Price:$39.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

The novel is set in the small town of Middlemarch and follows the inter-related lives of several characters. At the heart of the book is Dorothea, a kind-hearted and honest woman, who longs to find some way to improve the world. She marries an older academic, Casaubon, against the advice of her friends and family. Casaubon tries to assert his influence over Dorothea, but she refuses to succumb to Casaubon's will. Casaubon soon dies of a heart attack, and Dorothea marries his cousin, Will. But, in a last attempt to control Dorothea's life, Casaubon's will states that if Dorothea marries Will, she will lose her claim to Casaubon's estate.

Other unforgettable characters in Middlemarch include the young doctor, Lydgate, who come to the town to start his own practice. He soon falls in love with Rosamund, a woman who has spent her life in Middlemarch, and they eventually marry. Fred Vincey, used to a lavish lifestyle but also a gambler, falls into debt as he waits to inherit money from a rich neighbor. He drifts toward the clergy, and longs to marry Mary Garth. But until he proves himself worthy, Mary will have nothing to do with him.

(P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (516 )
5 star
 (261)
4 star
 (138)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (29)
Overall
4.2 (178 )
5 star
 (82)
4 star
 (65)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.3 (179 )
5 star
 (99)
4 star
 (54)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (8)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Francis Corpus Christi, TX, United States 01-22-08
    Francis Corpus Christi, TX, United States 01-22-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    84
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    133
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Such books make reading sacred..."

    George Eliot does not need my praise since Middlemarch radiates enough light to brighten the entire 19th century. Before reading this book, I never knew anyone could combine excellent narrative, characters so rich you could eat them with a spoon, and moral instruction more genuine than anyones religion and make a whole world of them. The narration is fabulous, worthy of Eliot's brilliance. If you can only read one more book before you die, read this one.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer University City, MO, USA 06-21-06
    Jennifer University City, MO, USA 06-21-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Engrossing, non-stuffy entertainment!"

    I was looking for something to take me through a VERY long car trip, and I admit I was a little skeptical given the length of the book and that it was a "classic," but I can see why this style of novel was so popular in the days before TV. This collection of characters from a small town in England are distinct and throughly entertaining. The storytelling was so good that I found myself looking forward to getting in the car again to find out what happened next. The narrator is wonderful-- much better than I thought she would be given the price and the size of the book. I read Middlemarch in high school, and didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I highly recommend giving this a try!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janet Point Arena, CA, USA 04-17-09
    Janet Point Arena, CA, USA 04-17-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Affectionate and undeceived"

    Kate Reading is a perfect narrator of George Eliot's classic leisurely novel. Eliot draws her characters in full, protagonists' and antagonists' strengths and flaws noted in affectionate and undeceived clarity, her brilliant wit dry but not cruel. This is not a novel to skim for the action; the joy is in the language, the turns of phrase, the subtle discoveries. Listening to Kate Reading narrate the story is like visiting a brilliant worldly woman who shares her observations, delightful details occurring to her as she speaks.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-06-08
    Mitchel Swampscott, MA, United States 04-06-08 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "I had no idea"

    I had no idea this was such a wonderful book. It's long been on my list of "should read but have no intention of reading."

    It's a tremendously wise and funny soap opera, as well as a fascinating look into an interesting time of transition in England, and I listened to it all over again the moment I finished it. The reader did an excellent job at suggesting the personality of the main characters without over-acting (always my preference), yet having some fun with some of the odder side characters.
    I can see why this has been such an important book.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyle Falls Church, VA, USA 08-17-07
    Kyle Falls Church, VA, USA 08-17-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent listen"

    I read comments primarily for insights on the quality of the narration, and I can confirm that the reading of this very enjoyable novel is excellent.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edith Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-07
    Edith Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-07 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    154
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Superb"

    Yes, probably the finest English novel ever. I wanted it to go on and on. Eliot created a profoundly romantic love story and several compelling sub-plots set in her fictitious English village populated with intriguing characters and rich details of life in Georgian England. It is beautifully read.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James C. San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 08-19-09
    James C. San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 08-19-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Matchless"

    I loved both the book and the reader, Kate Reading. This may be my favorite book so far on Audible. The writing tends toward the intelligent, concise and wise, but then there are those inscrutable parts I could never discern. It's moving too, now that's different for me, to care so much about characters. Dorothea is a gem for all time. What a wonderful, wonderful book this is. I want to get more George Eliot and more books by Kate Reading.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marbon Smithfield Va 08-15-07
    Marbon Smithfield Va 08-15-07 Member Since 2005

    Marbon

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Wonderful classic"

    After listening through Dickens and Austen, among other British writers, George Elliot rates among the best with wonderful dialogue and storytelling. The reader is excellent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelsey Charlottesville, VA, USA 06-11-06
    Kelsey Charlottesville, VA, USA 06-11-06 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Perfect"

    Absolutely Brilliant! I was totally engrossed the entire 31 hours, barely able to tear myself away. George Eliot's writing is unbelievable, and Kate Redding does it total justice. Buy this book! You won't regret it.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lynn New Haven, CT, USA 02-18-10
    Lynn New Haven, CT, USA 02-18-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "poor Wendy"

    Well, God help poor Wendy. This is a brilliant reading of one of the greatest works of fiction in the English language. In fact, I have regretted that Ms. Reading hasn't recorded more of the works of great writers, such as this one, and fewer of the middling popular fiction titles that are on her list. She has a tremendous gift, apparently is a gifted actress under a different name, and her talent for creating characters shows as she brings to life an entire village of characters in Middlemarch. I read this book every decade or so -- and I'm hard put to it to say which experience, reading or listening, is more thrilling when the recording is as good as this one is. I wish Ms. Reading would read all of the works of Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope, and I would love to hear her reading of Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 47 results PREVIOUS125NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.