Margaret finds her new surroundings shocking. Though appalled by the dirt, noise and the gruffness of the mercantile city, she reserves her greatest contempt for the mill owners themselves. When charismatic mill owner John Thornton begins to take classics lessons from her father, Margaret's distaste for this vulgar "new class" of industrial magnates crystallizes.
Over time, Margaret's opinion of the mill workers begins to soften, though not toward the owners - which makes her strange attraction to John Thornton all the more remarkable. The wrenching series of labor problems and deaths that occur as the story progresses serves as a background to the inner struggles Margaret endures...the turmoil of private family life in contrast to the struggle against the overt poverty and deprivation she witnesses around her.
Listen to one of the greatest of all Victorian novels and let the artistry of Elizabeth Gaskell sweep you away to another time and place. Considered her finest work, North and South will keep you listening breathlessly to the very end.
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stopped listening after about a third of the book. the voice of the narrator is beautiful but the reading is pompous and overly stressed. there seems to be no storyline. listening didnt keep my mind from wandering.
I expect that the industrial setting puts off many people who compare the book to Austen's books, but it is well-done and a welcome break from the Victorian fantasy land of great houses and women's frocks. A good halfway station between Austen and Dickens.
The accents and women's voices are unconvincing, to the point where I got another version.
have not read print
if you've ever minded a man performing women's voices, you will find this edition your best argument against the practice. His women's voices are painful to listen too, except perhaps the stern Thornton mother, which perhaps allowed me to enjoy her character more. With the others, I just steel myself to get through it to find out what happens next.
Not immediately. The beginning was a bit slow to pick up momentum. Laden with excessive detail as I am learning to expect in Victorian novels. An easy comparison would be Pride and Prejudice where the themes are small and compact in people's characters and immediate lives. But in North and South, the character development is slow and grows in large, dark and continuing themes, such as labor relations and charity, duty to others, both those in your power and you in theirs, family illness, eternal life. Now, I don't want to stop listening till the end.
Get a different reader! This is a lovely book, and Juliet Stevenson was perfection. My guess is that Prunella Scales would also be a better choice. I've listened to a few books that I quit because of the reader, but this was the first time (in 300 audio books) that I actually switched versions because the reader was so inappropriate to the material.
i LIKED THE SETTINGS
NO...THERE WAS NO ENDING! i FELT LIKE I WAS MISSING A TAPE.
At first I was a bit put off that the story was narrated by a man, even though it is definitely a story about a woman. Overall though, the narration was quite good.
Not really. It was okay, but I would first recommend Portrait of a Lady or Anna Karenina
Not the best classic I've listened to. It took a while to get into the story. Overall it was an average story. The best part is that Gaskell brought to view the woman's point of view at that time iin history. Her writing was probably quite cutting edge for her time.
The turn of the phrase and the use of description remind me in a way of listening to a very fine orchestra - It takes you away. If you are like me you will remember small descriptive fragments of the story long after you have listened to it. It was very long -18 hrs but it became my desert during my long commute home after the end of a day of caring for other people's sorrows and loss. I really did like the narrator, some would perhaps find the tone old fashioned but it seemed to me to fit the story
I liked best the way the writer told the story, so perceptive and subtle.
I liked the performance, there was a good capability to change from character to character and I thought the tone of voice and the performance really matched the tone of the story and the time when it was written. It was soothing and entertaining to listen to.
I first found this author by looking up the author of the PBS film series Wives and Daughters. I was thrilled to find that she was such a prolific writer. I hope Audible will add to the the collection with some of her stories which are out of print.
The book itself is very good. The narration, however is poor for the main character, Margaret. All of the other narration is good. He does a good job imitating different English accents.
I loved the story, and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. However, I was a bit of a drawback listening to the falsetto male voice for the heroine.
This reader might be fine for an American book, but unfortunately has worst "English" accent I've ever heard, with bizarre mispronunciations, eg "Fawncy" for "fancy", "unlooky," for "unlucky," "yong" for "young" and so many others that I had to give up listening to it. Not just being persnickety: this is truly awful.Has he never met an English person, or even watched any BritFlicks? A lesson to me to listen to a sample first next time!
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