Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy.
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It was so tedious and boring.
NONE - that is criminal to cut from an author's work!
I know it is known as a great English novel, and I'm sure it probably is. Unfortunately I am at that time in my in which I am only doing bucket list reading, movie going, traveling, etc..
I do not want to waste one minute being bored or enduring unpleasant experiences.
"More than I bargained for."
It is an immense undertaking, in writing and performance, and since I got more than the experience I'd hoped for, I have no further opinion on those things.
As for George Eliot. No person who has been forced to reflect long on life and it's tendency to be impossible, as well as morally inscrutable, could ask for a better mentor, ten times worth the patience. I read for those passages of lucid reflection which immediately call up my own muddle of past events, and begin rearranging the furniture in my conscience. I'm old, by the way.
"Superb Narrator For A Gripping Story"
My favourite book so far.
Not really moments, but the characters are so well drawn (helped by Laura Paton's narration) so are really vivid: Tom, Mrs Tulliver, Lucy and Philip Wakem in particular.
Really brought it alive. I doubt I would have had the persistence to finish the book if reading it but I really loved how she had different voices for the different characters.
Without giving the story away, I thought the ending was a bit contrived.
A favourite to listen to again and again. It's a hard act to follow for my next choice of audiobook.
Adam Bede and Middlemarch that were also written by George Eliot. I have found a challenge for reading/ listening in Eliot's stories, that I have yet to find in those that are written by modern authors.
Maggie Tulliver, the heroine and victim.
No, this story weaves images of characters, places and situations that are too good to rush, in case I missed a bit and had to retrace my listening.
I was unprepared for the ending, it was worthy of the anticipation created by Eliot.I enjoyed listening to the different voices that Laura Paton portrayed.
"A slow burn but worth it..."
I have too many books and too little time to listen again but I can strongly recommend especially if, like me with kids/job/dog/garden/supermarket, you are time poor...
Maggie is of course the best character and one the reader/listener identifies with. She is gutsy and intelligent, independent and ahead of her time whilst contrained by it. George Elliot speaks through Maggie and she reaches nearly 200 years into the future, well she did to me. I love the human voice transcending time and society.
I didnt like Laura's performance at first. I didnt like the more monotone and speedier reading than Juliet Stevenson (I had just previously listened to Middlemarcha and Daniel Deronda both with Juliet Stevenson which I had loved). In the long run however, I think Laura's performance was ideal for Mill on the Floss and Maggie's voice, indeed more appropriate for the book than I think Juliet Stevenson would have been.
Stupid question Audible... no it is a slow burn, long listen. It was my July and I loved it.
Really worth perservering with this long unabridged version. I feel like I've come out of a dream and slightly grieving for the end of the story - a state that I want to be in at the end of a great classic, reading or listening : )
"great classic, beautifully narrated"
I have taken it upon myself to read a classic book in between each newer title. this is a charming story of it's time
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