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North and South Audiobook

North and South

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Publisher's Summary

When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos Audiobooks

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    Lisa 05-07-10
    Lisa 05-07-10
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    "So Glad I Went The Distance!"

    I am SO GLAD I bought this book and experienced it through audio! I love the movie and so almost didn't bother, thinking I'd experienced it adequately - was I wrong! The book is SO much clearer and livelier!! And the narrator is absolutely stunning! Her voices and accents are amazing - she pegs the Northern British accent versus the Southern just perfectly as well as the working class versus the educated class at that time in Great Britain. Truly, her reading captivated me! I was lost in it and really felt sad when it was over!! If you're contemplating buying, contemplate no longer! It is worth every penny and so, so much more! Enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 02-26-10
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    Clare Wille is excellent. This is my first book she's narrated, but I will definitely purchase her again. I don't know why so many classics get read by bad narrators, but they do. I spend too much of my classics reading time trying to tune out narrators, but Wille is able to capture the characters, including (at least to my untrained ear) all the variations in accent attributable to class and regional differences. She moves the story along, but doesn't overwhelm it, which is all I ask of a narrator.
    I focus on the narrator some, in part, because North and South is so obviously wonderful. It is my personal favorite of Gaskell's works. Not only is there a sweet and wonderful romance with characters who are real and flawed and therefore more appealing than some of her other flawless heroes and heroines, but she captures in this work a society in change. The intense struggles that form the background of the work are mesmerizing. There is the struggle between older ideas of good society- landed gentry who show merciful condesention to the people beneath them- and the rising power of industry, which brings with it people who may not have the advantages of birth or breeding but who, through labor and intellect, use their influence to shape their world. She also captures the struggle between the masters and the men, their interdependant and yet oppositional relationship, as well as touching on the problems in the Church of England, from which Mr. Hale becomes a Dissenter.
    All of these various facets come together in an amazingly honest account of the terrible tragedies and wonderful triumphs of each system. It is masterfully written and beautifully read.
    If I were to have any criticism, it would be that things happen to fall together in an extremely fortuitous and unlikely way. That doesn't really bother me though. It's well done enough that you don't care how it workd out, only that it does.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A husband and a fortune! (&trade unions)"

    Great Victorian novel, but also with social commentary on class struggle, as workers and a mill owner struggle for equalibrium.

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    Just Molly 01-26-16
    Just Molly 01-26-16
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    "Couldn't be happier"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I originally saw the BBC mini series based on Gaskell's novel and tried reading the book a couple times after but I couldn't quite find my footing. This audio book was perfect. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at my car stereo, I loved every minute of it. There is not a single intonation or accent of Clare Wille's I would change and the story itself is achingly beautiful.
    Buy this audio book. Buy it now.


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    Mom of three Washington, DC United States 10-16-15
    Mom of three Washington, DC United States 10-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "loved it!"

    I've always loved this book, and needed a good listen. The narrator did an excellent job with the varied accents and inflections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-11-13
    Lillian WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story and the performance!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I am an Bronte and Austen fan (amongst other classic British authors). I loved the, "Pride and Prejudice" style romance set against the backdrop of the industrial revolution. This setting adds an intensity that is not in Jane Austen's story, but It almost made the story seem more realistic or relatable.


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

    I felt that the narrator did an excellent job of portraying the characters including the voice changes and the accents used. I like to listen to audiobooks at night. The narrator's voice is pleasant to listen to; not boring and not grating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate ARLINGTON, MA, United States 11-05-12
    Kate ARLINGTON, MA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    Pride and Prejudice


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

    the last scene


    What about Clare Wille’s performance did you like?

    I liked her intonation and characters


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Jane Austen and have run out of Austens to read, this is your next step. A great story, great depth of character and philosophy, and a very entertaining and thought provoking story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tonia 07-14-12
    Tonia 07-14-12
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    "Worth listening to to, but...."
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The recording is disappointing. I found it to be tinny with a hollow ring to it and occassionally Ms. Wille speaks so softly that it's hard to hear and understand. I find myself turning it up and down and rewinding to catch what I missed. She does a good job with the characters and the variety of accents. It's too bad the recording isn't better


    Any additional comments?

    Other than the performance issues I mentioned, I liked the book. After watching a BBC production I was curious to read the book. It did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shouse Omaha, Nebraska United States 04-12-12
    Michael Shouse Omaha, Nebraska United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Much better than I expected"
    Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top. Almost the equal of Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.


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

    Thomas Hardy's FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD with its female protagonist.


    What aspect of Clare Wille???s performance would you have changed?

    Some of her rural or lower class English accents were very hard to understand.


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

    No laughing or weeping, just satisfaction at a story well-told.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite a surprise. My first experience of Elizabeth Gaskell, but it won't be the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TFuseamazonsmile! 06-29-11
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    "Irritated and Bored with this book"

    I am not sure whether it is the content of the story or the reader that irritates and bores me but I have tried twice and had to stop about midway as I would suddenly feel the need to throw my audio device through the window. I enjoyed the book up until the political/union rantings about midway through the book. I think it was more the readers choice of vocal tone rather than the content. The first part of the book she is more monotone than I usually like but boredom I felt was tolerable. Midway through the story she made the union members sound like drunken whiners; she made the company owners powerful mother sound like a whining drunken man. I would try this book either on paper or by another reader but can't finish with this one. I have enjoyed other audio books by the same author, very disappointing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/14
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    "Great example of woman empowerment"
    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    Strength, tolerance, wisdom


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

    For me it's about the overall story.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Wille – was your favourite?

    None, they were all interesting


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

    It certainly made me think


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would find such dept in a book from this era, yet it's way more open-minded and multi layered than most of today's productions.
    The simple opening theme, the fact that the father of the main character has not a crisis of faith but an unbearable disillusion towards his church, and how practically this news is taken from his daughter who simply endeavours to help as much as she can in all the arrangements that ensue, is more advanced than the pointless drama that we would surely see in a novel written in our days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • daniela
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    7/29/13
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    "Lovely the story but annoying reader."

    This book is one of my favorites as Gaskell's novels always are, and in the beginning I enjoyed the book.

    However, when the narrator endeavored to portray Nicholas Higgins voice, sometimes developing into quite long passages, due to the characters frequent and long but actually very interesting 'rants', it ultimately became impossible to continue listening. What is worse, this 'voice' spread itself to other characters further on in the book.

    The northern (?) accent the narrator attempted was perhaps plausible, I am not the best judge of that, but it was surely not necessary to spit out each word in such a manner that one could imagine the pages of the narrators copy taking quite a bit of damage from the excessive amount of saliva they were probably exposed to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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