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I really love this story. Juliet Stevenson did and amazing narration. The emotions of the story were done beautifully. Impeccable southern & northern accents--also Irish and French. I'll be looking for other books narrated by her.
Reading what I had read did not involve her performance.
Story did not catch me at any point ... I just stopped reading it.
This is just for Audible: Your recent suggestions, except for The Professor, have not been very good FOR ME. That said, the type of story line your editors seem to think worthy of your readers reading obviously are not mine. Not their fault, nor yours. Just wanted you to know. Please do not display this writing. As I said, this is just meant for Audible.com. Ann
struggled in some places, very slow. reminds you of pride/prejudice meets sense/sensibility. accents were tough, narrator was awesome, story was just ok.
Silly me, I thought Ms. Gaskell was a modern writer who had mastered Austin-like prose and turn of phrase and wanted to write and tell her how much I loved this book! Well, I still loved this book and found the story interesting and insightful. I loved Mr. Bell and was sorry he wasn't more in the story. Like all good romances, the tension was high and readers are anxious for an end to tension while at the same time not wanting the story to end. I was certainly satisfied!
I can't say enough about Juliette Stevenson, the reader! She is on a par with Barbara Rosenblatt who heretofore has been my favorite.
Haven't ever read the print... But given the performance, no doubt better than what I could have come up with.
Someone else wrote it best, "it's like Jane Austin with teeth."
Couldn't wait to find out what happens in the end.
Just so good. I want to read what happens next, even after 13 hours of listening.
Absolutely! This was my first experience with Elizabeth Gaskell and it was a thoroughly rewarding one. I love the way she handled both sides of the labor issues, creating a story so much more nuanced than Dickens's Hard Times, and consequently so much more powerful. Plus, Gaskell gives us well-developed characters and a gorgeous romance just as powerful as Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
There are many but the ending was so passionate and sweet that it constricts my heart every time I think of it.
Juliet Stevenson is always brilliant, but in this case, she is particularly outstanding.
A wonderful commentary on social class, the rise of labor, and the role of women all wrapped up in a delicious romance. And I don't even like romances. Think Pride and Prejudice rather than Danielle Steele.
I didn't give the book a five star only because the beginning was quite slow and at times the narrative was bogged down by preachiness and sentimentality
I have a hard time expressing exactly what it was that impressed me so much about this book. I can only say I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I would not be ashamed to recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and history.
Stevenson performs each character's voice, inflections, mannerisms and temperament so convincingly you think you are hearing a large cast of actors. Very important novel about industrialization and class issues and the working poor in 19th Century England. Also about the high cost and sacrifices that can ensue when we follow our conscience. Oh, and of course a love story too--but much more.
I have seen several TV series based on Elizabeth Gaskell novels but this is the first time I dealt with one of her books. I loved it. Juliet Stevenson is a magnificent reader and I really enjoyed the voices and accents
"Gentle, pleasant listen"
North & South meanders at a gentle pace and is soothingly read by Juliet Stevenson. The tale doesn't seem terribly believable as whole life story but the events, situations and places are believably portrayed and described. This audio book choice for me suited in length, language and subject - a long, "nicely written" historical fiction.
I enjoyed this book from the very first pages, I think Elizabeth Gaskell writes in a very lush descriptive style. The story of this book almost echoes Pride and Prejudice, but I like how roles are reversed and Margaret has to save Mr Thornton in the end. There is more death than I would have expected, but I suppose as a result, more realistic of the time, life expectancy lower, people still contracting TB etc. To me the end was slightly unfulfilling, seemed a bit mashed into the last half hour, where the rest of the book had been so deep. Juliet Stevenson as always a fantastic narrator.
"A good listen"
Not one of the most marvelous classics I've ever listened to, yet 'North and South' definitely has that little something extra which makes it worth while. It was well narrated and partly very interesting. If you love Jane Austen and the like - this might be something for you!
"Both Gaskell and Stevenson are amazing"
Loved this story, so beautifully written and then brought alive by Juliet Stevenson's truly masterful performance. Quite long but worthwhile.
Absorbing, beautiful, emotional
The narrator - Juliet Stevenson was outstanding. I have listened to so many audio books but this is by far and away the best I have ever heard. I knew the story already but the life and emotion she poured into every character was spellbinding. I was mesmerised from start to finish. Each character had a different voice and manner, she conveyed the despair and passion of the story even more than I could do in my head when I read the book.
John Thornton. She captured his manner, tone and passion exquisitely. I could also feel every emotion of Margaret in the story too.
Yes, I would have done so if I could.
Thank you Juliet Stevenson!
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