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North and South | [Elizabeth Gaskell]

North and South

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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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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    Mamalama 06-22-12
    Mamalama 06-22-12

    This profile is under my husband's name since Audible merged with Amazon. So just call me Bob. Or wife of Bob. Or the reader in the family. Whatever.

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    "I heart Gaskell."

    I love this book and always have. This is a lovely rendering of it. If you are new to Gaskell, please don't hesitate.

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    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 05-03-12
    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "My first Elizabeth Gaskell novel, but not my last"

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect of "North and South." I downloaded it on a bit of a whim, and I'm very glad I did.

    Reviewers have compared Gaskell to Jan Austen, which seems very strange to me; they have very little in common. Gaskell is trying to explore the effects of industrialization and labor unrest through the eyes of her heroine, who has moved to industrial Northern England from the more bucolic South.

    Gaskell has nice characters to represent the capitalist class, the workers, and others. If anything, they're a bit too good to be true, but it also lets her set out the conflicts without putting in straw men. Her workers and capitalists are at odds with each other, and Gaskell doesn't draw out an easy solution, which is probably just as well, since it would destroy any realism the novel has.

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    Cathy 05-01-12
    Cathy 05-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    Any additional comments?

    For some reason I thought this book was about the Civil War kinda like Gone with the Wind but no it was more Pride and Prejudice. I ended up speeding up the narrator to 3 times the speed just to get it over with. GEEZ

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    Tamra 04-24-12
    Tamra 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mr Darcy? Nay, Mr Thornton!"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    This story is so much more interesting than (sorry Miss Austen), Jane Austen's books. Yes, it's 50 years more modern and that really shows. Elizabeth Garskell's character development is really good. And Juliet Stevenson's performance is spectacular!... you will not tire of her voices, both North and South.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Exceptional.


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    kate mcall 04-20-12
    kate mcall 04-20-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Loved it"
    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    A great listen!


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

    Full of saddness and beauty. Lots of Bravery in the face of difficulty and a clash of cultures as well.


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

    Always love Juliet Stevenson. She gets it right. She's also spot on with the accents.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Jane Austen you'll like this too.

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    Kathleen Rogers Massachusetts 04-18-12
    Kathleen Rogers Massachusetts 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Austen--and that's a good thing:)"

    Although this novel has some structural problems (which are understandable since the serial publisher put constraints upon Mrs. Gaskell, she then reworked the novel before it's non-serial publication, and all this was happening near the end of her life) this is a fascinating book. Yes, there is a marriage plot (full of pride and prejudice on both sides) but there is so much more--and the more is something that is still timely, while also being of historical interest. The thematic material includes gender, class, geographical distinctions, and religious beliefs. Please, my list might sound tedious but the novel is anything but.

    The narration by Juliet Stevenson is lovely, revealing the humanity and intelligence of the writing, and an array of smart, articulate characters in many walks of life.

    This is my first Mrs. Gaskell foray, and it won't be my last.

    P.S. I am not demeaning Austen, but because this was written at a later date, under different circumstances, and with a somewhat wider social view, there is a bit more meat here for the modern reader.

    Also recommended: Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now.

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    Marilylle 12-31-11
    Marilylle 12-31-11
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    "Great novel"

    North and South is great writing with deep and challenging themes. I love it! To think I had lived most of my rather long life without even reading Gaskill!

    I particularly appreciated her handling of the complicated relations between management and labour in those earliest days of trade unions and the growing industrial revolution.

    Both hero and heroine in the "romance" part of this book are complex, interesting, and strong characters. And the very last lines of the novel have me chuckling yet -- so well read, and so "perfect" .
    The BBC drama I had already seen and appreciated; the full novel is even better.

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    Karol Metamora, MI, United States 12-21-11
    Karol Metamora, MI, United States 12-21-11
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    "Listened, read, watched--many times"
    Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1. This was the ultimate read for me in the last year or so. Absolutely adore this book--audible, text and BBC production. Everythibg about it is enjoyable. I've recommend it to all the readers I know, It's probably not for everyone, but I will read it and listen to it over and over. Already have.


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

    There were so many. Every chapter was memorable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most obviously, I think, was when Thornton proposed and was rejected.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just a great listen.

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    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 10-20-11
    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A love story set in an interesting time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    I never consider any audio version to be better then the print version. This is one of the few books I listened to without first reading it in print. I enjoyed it very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oddly, I can't remember her name, but the main character is the standout. She learns to change with her circumstances and it is fun to watch this change. She faces great losses with courage. I also like Mr. Thorn who is an equal match to Miss Hale. It's fun to watch these two people, very different on the surface, discover that underneath it all; they complete each other. There is some contrived business about mistaken identity with the brother that doesn't seem equal to the writing, but it's not enough to ruin the fun.


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

    I have listened to most of the books Juliet Stevenson has narrated. In fact, I down loaded this book because she was the narrator. She's one of my favorites.


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

    It was not. I first encountered the book in the form of the BBC miniseries based on it. I've long read about the mills in this part of England, but this is the first book I've read set there. You can listen to this book in stops and starts and if you miss bits, it's not a great a loss. It's a mood book. When you're in the mood for this type of story, you'll be glad to have it in your library. I will listen to it a few times, I'm certain.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never heard of the author prior to listening to this book and I wonder when it was written. The plight of the mill workers and the mill owners durning this time is very interesting, but there are a few things that don't seem authentic to me.

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    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11
    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Entirely engrossing"

    I got far too distracted from work listening to this book. I had a wonderful time listening to it not only because of the plot and writing, but also because of Stevenson's careful and fluid narration.
    I've listened to it multiple times now. I thoroughly recommend it.

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