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The story is simply beautiful. Andrew Sachs is perfect, not only in reading it, but in actual playing the different characters, with different voices and even accents.
With no doubt, the moment Silas finds the child in the very spot where he had last seen his stolen money.
the subtle ironies in many of the villagers tones, which, English not being my mother tongue, I would not have guessed by reading it myself.
Not quite, but It made me think a lot about human relations. Or rather, about how relations make us human. Silas the weaver is a total stranger in Raveloe (despite having been there for a good fifteen years) until the moment he weaves himself into the community thanks to the child he has adopted, his daughter.
A great tale with a moral undertone.
I listened to the book whenever I travelled in my motor car. It transformed traffic jams into pleasurable events rather than frustrating ones.
Silas Marner is a story that continues to resonate, and narrator Andrew Sachs does a wonderful job of bringing the voices to life. I listened to the entire book in one day. Couldn't turn it off.
I think reading an old book under the trees is terribly romantic, but mostly I just have time to listen to them while I do dishes.
I decided to read this book again after remembering the fond memories I had from reading it as a teenager. I am glad I did because I don't think I fully appreciated it then. I think I could safely recommend this book to anyone.
I thought the narration was wonderful. I think Andrew Sachs got all the characters spot on.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
This isn't the sort of book I usually listen to, but I listened to Middlemarch this summer and really enjoyed it. I find Eliot to be a very interesting author. Her writing is not what I would call familiar or typical. She takes her time telling the story, taking you with her. This book was shorter than Middlemarch, but it had the same kind of leisurely pacing. With this book I didn't feel like I knew where we were headed, exactly. It wasn't predictable.
I will probably read more by Eliot, but I will wait until I have time to spare. This is not a good book to read in breaks in between work or while distracted with chores.
"Classic for a reason!"
George Eliot's tale about the reformation of a miserly weaver is beautiful. Andrew Sachs does a great job as narrator and in the first few chapters we really feel the injustices that happen to Marner keenly.
"More extraordinary insight from George Eliot"
Every George Eliot book is a joy and a revelation, and Silas Marner is no exception. It seems like a deliberate reversal of classic motifs - the Prodigal Son, the Lost Princess, the Wicked Hunchback. She deals with her recurring themes of gender and disability / difference with astounding subtlety and complexity. Her radical ideas about the role of religion in society and the upbringing of children are straightforwardly described, yet natural and believable in how they affect the lives of her characters.
Sachs does a good job in the narration, although some of the more peripheral characters can become caricatured, which can belie the integrity of every actor in Eliot's human dramas.
And her description is simply sublime! I particularly like this vignette from Chapter 16:
"The sharp bark was the sign of an excited welcome that was awaiting them from a knowing brown terrier; who, after dancing at their legs in a hysterical manner, rushed with a worrying noise at a tortoiseshell kitten under the loom, and then rushed back with a sharp bark again, as much as to say, 'I have done my duty by this feeble creature you perceive'; while the lady mother of the kitten sat sunning her white bosom in the window, and looked around with a sleepy air of expecting caresses, though she was not going to take any trouble for them."
The observations and loving humour that underlie such passages are, to my mind, part of what makes Eliot a writer for all time.
"A wondeful story that has been well narrated"
Silas Marner is a very moving tale that can be interpretted on many levels. It is just as relevent today as it was when written. Sometimes I have found that reading George Elliot was hard going as the language she uses can be very prosaic, but the joy of having it well narrated means that you can just enjoy the unfolding of this simple and happy tale.
"A real gem.."
Our latest book club book - and a beautiful listen- anyone who tells you that George Elliot goes off on tiresome verbal wanderings is missing the point; and anyway why shouldn't she if what she comes out with is such a wonderful insight into past times and such an evocative read. And there's some that say may be so and there's them that says not but let no man tell me i don't care for myself. Love it! And a happy ending too. Rarely have I felt such a feeling as when Silas comes out of the dark and despair for the love of humankind - it is very uplifting.
"A delightful read"
Gentle charming story, in the relaxed tones of Andrew Sachs, whose vocal characterisations beautifully complemented the book. This is a book to 'treat' yourself with. This was my first foray into George Eliot territory, and it certainly won't be my last!
"Andrew Sachs does it for me!"
I loved this book. Andrew Sachs is a wonderful reader, and I wish he read more of the 'classics'. George Elliot's descriptive writing is lovely, and always conjurs up the feeling of the time, which modern writers of 19th century fiction cannot do nearly as well. A good first introduction to George Elliot's writing, as it is short compared to most of her novels.
I would recommend Andrew Sachs to do a relaxation CD, as his voice could send me to sleep if I wasn't interested in the subject matter!
"Very good narration"
Andrew Sachs voice is very nice to listen to. He makes the story lively and gives with his interpretations individuality to the different characters; this is for me the - worthwhile - difference between an audiobook and its printed version.
"The only audio version worth considering"
George Eliot is certainly not the most fashionable writer in today's terms. However, she was in fact the biggest literary money earner during her time second only to Charles Dickens. It is said that Eliot was paid ?10k for a 'novel' and Jane Austen ?500. You will need to consult the historical experts to confirm such claims. Putting this aside, this is the only audiobook you need consider should you wish to aquainte yourself with Mary Anne Evans. Andrew Sachs is excellent and Jonathan Woss is completely worthless...
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