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North and South Audiobook

North and South

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Publisher's Summary

Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

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    EES 07-27-16
    EES 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So good..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    Haven't ever read the print... But given the performance, no doubt better than what I could have come up with.


    What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

    Someone else wrote it best, "it's like Jane Austin with teeth."


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yep!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Couldn't wait to find out what happens in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so good. I want to read what happens next, even after 13 hours of listening.

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    commonsense1990 Texas 07-11-16
    commonsense1990 Texas 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    It is similar to a Jane Austin story but it has its own merits! Wonderful!

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    Naesmile 07-06-16
    Naesmile 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Memorable"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

    There are many but the ending was so passionate and sweet that it constricts my heart every time I think of it.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Juliet Stevenson is always brilliant, but in this case, she is particularly outstanding.


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    D. Fyler 07-06-16
    D. Fyler 07-06-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Jane Austen with teeth"

    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

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    Bettysue 07-04-16
    Bettysue 07-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story !"

    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.

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    Karen Osborne 07-03-16
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    "Stevenson a superb reader of this great story"

    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.

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    mj 06-29-16
    mj 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Victorian English novel"

    As a novel of its time, the protagonist is praised and admired for her strength of character, demonstrated by her continuous practice as a doormat. However, the book is really well written and the language is gorgeous to listen to. The actor is stellar, but the end, which the reader must know is coming because the romance component is so predictable, is abrupt and disappointing.

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    Katy Hannah 06-23-16
    Katy Hannah 06-23-16
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    "A Little Tedious"

    I watched the miniseries first by chance. The book gave me some insight into the story itself, but I can't help but think the novel is a little tedious. However, the performance is fantastic and made the experience enjoyable.

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    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 06-14-16
    Kerri J. Austin, TX USA 06-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Contradictary review"

    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.

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    IreneMiller 06-09-16
    IreneMiller 06-09-16
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    "Gaskell's best, well performed."

    This is one of Elizabeth Gaskell's best novels and it is so well narrated. I was sorry it had to end.

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