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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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    FlamingJanuary 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narrator!"

    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.

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    Lil Tiger 08-10-16
    Lil Tiger 08-10-16

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    "Sorry I wasted my time."
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Gaskell and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    No.


    Has North and South turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Juliet Stevenson’s performances?

    Reading what I had read did not involve her performance.


    What character would you cut from North and South?

    Story did not catch me at any point ... I just stopped reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 08-08-16
    Tracy 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "ending fell like lead balloon"

    struggled in some places, very slow. reminds you of pride/prejudice meets sense/sensibility. accents were tough, narrator was awesome, story was just ok.

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    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 07-31-16
    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 07-31-16 Member Since 2013

    seeker

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    "I loved this book!"

    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.

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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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  • Irene
    London, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "Fantastic"

    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

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  • sjtroddy
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nejra
    OrebroSweden
    2/1/11
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    "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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CathMac
    london
    4/6/15
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    London, United Kingdom
    3/20/15
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    "Bewitching!"
    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing, beautiful, emotional


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

    John Thornton. She captured his manner, tone and passion exquisitely. I could also feel every emotion of Margaret in the story too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have done so if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Juliet Stevenson!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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