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Silas Marner | [George Eliot]

Silas Marner

For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and in exile, cut off from faith and human love, while amassing a hoard of golden guineas.
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For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and in exile, cut off from faith and human love, while amassing a hoard of golden guineas.

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    Ramon Lisbon, Portugal 06-04-12
    Ramon Lisbon, Portugal 06-04-12
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    "amazing"
    Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silas Marner?

    With no doubt, the moment Silas finds the child in the very spot where he had last seen his stolen money.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-24-14
    Elizabeth FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "Easy-listening, upbeat story; excellent narration"

    The story itself was enjoyable. It follows the old formula of creating ambiance by adding in lots of seemingly extraneous dialogue (though not nearly as much as you'd find in some other old stories, like "Les Miserables"). If you know that in advance, and don't expect a perfectly streamlined, a-b-c plotline, you'll be able to relax and enjoy that ambiance. Raveloe will start to feel like a town you know. And you'll be glad you took the time, because it's a pleasant, feel-good story.

    As for the narrator, he's even better than the story. I'd happily listen to him again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M London, United Kingdom 09-27-12
    M London, United Kingdom 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful George Eliot"
    What did you love best about Silas Marner?

    A great tale with a moral undertone.


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

    I listened to the book whenever I travelled in my motor car. It transformed traffic jams into pleasurable events rather than frustrating ones.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 09-07-12
    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 09-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Reading of a Memorable Classic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Gaston, SC, United States 02-12-13
    Natalie Gaston, SC, United States 02-12-13

    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.

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    "Glad I paid Mr. Marner another visit"

    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.

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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 11-29-12
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Unusual, but good"

    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.

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  • Isolde
    Dublin, Ireland
    11/4/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "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.

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  • Mr
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    4/2/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Witchampton, Dorset, United Kingdom
    1/12/11
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Hornchurch, United Kingdom
    3/29/10
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    "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!

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  • Jennie
    Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    6/17/09
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    VoorschotenNetherlands
    9/24/08
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nigel p seymour
    4/24/09
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    "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...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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