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The Mill on the Floss | [George Eliot]

The Mill on the Floss

As Maggie Tulliver approaches maturity she enters into conflict with family and community over her desire for self-fulfillment. Eliot's exploration of Maggie's dilemma makes this novel as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.
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As Maggie Tulliver approaches maturity she enters into conflict with family and community over her desire for self-fulfillment. Eliot's exploration of Maggie's dilemma makes this novel as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.

(P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    John Washington, DC, United States 02-15-10
    John Washington, DC, United States 02-15-10
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    "Magnificent reading"

    Eileen Atkin gives a profoundly moving, flawless, and deeply intelligent reading of Eliot's great novel. Atkins is not a ventriloquist who tortures out different voices for each character (her men and women have subtly different inflections, but there is no trilling for the girls or hurrumphing for the men -- as there is with some narrators), but nonetheless you always understand the different souls behind each utterance as you overhear this masterful reading. This reading is a close as it gets to a sensitive movement of eyes on a page by a mature reader. One of the five or six greatest novels I have read (to my mind superior to MIDDLEMARCH), and yes Eliot takes some wild chances and, to my mind, gets away with them. Some find the initial part, on the childhood of Maggie, somewhat drawn out -- but give it a chance as her moral consciousness grows.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David Halifax, NS, Canada 11-16-12
    David Halifax, NS, Canada 11-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect"

    This is a great novel and Eileen Atkins gives a superb reading of it. She gets the accent and tone exactly right, and she is both moving in the serious sections and hilarious when dealing with the comedy aunts. She also reads at a brisk pace. This is a very polished and engaging audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-18-11
    Adrienne Black Mountain, NC, United States 05-18-11
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    "Excellent reading"

    This reading is excellent, with characterization shown through the use of different voices with realistic accents.

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    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-10-11
    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2007

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    "poor audio quality but still a great listen"

    in spite of the audio quality loved eileen atkins reading. story was almost great - it took too long to grip but then when it did it was outstanding.

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    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-29-10
    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2006

    If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.

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    "I was disappointed"

    Middlemarch is one of my favorite novels and I just loved Adam Bede when I Audible'd it, but I have to say this one was a disappointment. The reader is fantastic and brings out many of Eliot's amusing touches of dialect and quasi-philosophy. Also, the Victorian feminism expressed is fascinating. Yet for all that the story is really rather aimless, and the ending a real let-down.

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    "heartbreakingly good"

    Eileen Atkins reads superbly. The title of this review says it all, without being a spoiler.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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