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It was, at once, occasionally plodding and, ultimately, excessively drawn out, but also a great story. It took me a while to become invested in the story; indeed, I had almost resolved to get a refund. Margaret is not only aloof in the story, but is an aloof character to the reader, as well. I did not immediately like her, did not sympathize with her, and, in fact, many times, I could not understand her motivations. But, as the story progresses, her personality is gradually gleaned, (almost as if by osmosis!), and I begin to care for her. Overall, I appreciate this as a valuable piece of literature, and as a time capsule, but I think the story could easily have been shaved down by half, and been better for it. Juliet Stevenson performed it impeccably. I would definitely rank her in the top 5 narrators.
Love this period piece. History period I know little about. Good story line, characters well developed. The reader does a masterful job. Listen to it twice in a row.
Classic story whose themes still suit today's readers. Beautiful Romance with believable characters. The ending is unsatisfying considering the slow long buildup. I am on a phone so I cannot see the narrators name while typing this review, but her accents are wonderful. She gets the Northern vs the Southern accents just right, the working class and the upperclass characters are expertly performed. Bravo at times I felt as though I were listening to a play.
It's just really good. I really love this story and everything about it. This book and this story overall is very dear to my heart. Never though a book published in 1855 would be so comprehensible, charming, descriptive, poetic, serious, funny and romantic as this one. I read the in 3 days and then read it several more times and then finally got in on audible. I am American and the accents in my head were NOTHING like how they actually are. It was great to hear the voices I had been reading for weeks.
Deep understanding of a human character on the part of the author - but that goes without saying! The narrator (Juliet Stevenson) does this story full justice. Absolutely stunning (narration as well as the story) and will not be forgotten! Thank you Elizabeth and Juliet.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I really enjoyed this book with the exception of the really dry and overly sentimental middle section that deals with unions. There is an obvious sympathy for the poor working folks of the town, which is great in a Victorian novel, but comes across with a little sentimentalizing that feels unrealistic, especially when compared to the great Dickens.
Thornton's yearning was charming. So many near misses and misunderstandings! His mother really got on my nerves.
The narrator is fantastic. I've listened to her readings of other books and find her most enjoyable. I'm officially impressed!
I love this story on its own, but the narration really brings it to another level. I have listened to North and South 3 times now, it's that beautiful. There is music in Stevenson's voice.
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