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Wives and Daughters | [Elizabeth Gaskell]

Wives and Daughters

Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.
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Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons. As Molly grows up and falls in love, she learns to judge people for what they are, not what they seem. Through Molly's observations the hierarchies, social values, and social changes of early-19th-century English life are made vivid in a novel that is timeless in its representation of human relationships.

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    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-11-11
    Diana Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2011

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    "This is a great book"

    I loved this book. The nuances and character developement as well as the authors insight into human nature. Josephine Bailey reads the novel with perfection. I think she is one of the absolutely BEST narrators out there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Ann Arbor, MI, USA 10-08-12
    Kathleen Ann Arbor, MI, USA 10-08-12 Member Since 2004
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    "If you love Jane Austin, read this"
    What made the experience of listening to Wives and Daughters the most enjoyable?

    If you are a fan of Jane Austin or of wonderful readers, this is the book for you. Josephine Bailey, the narrator, brought each of the characters to life creating multiple drive-way moments. Loved it.


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    Nikkinvnow 09-04-11
    Nikkinvnow 09-04-11
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    "You know how this would have ended"
    Where does Wives and Daughters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a truly enjoyable listen. Too bad it wasn't finished by the author, but at the same time, I know how I would have ended it! Fun to listen and see how this family saga unfolds


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  • Julia
    Ferndown, United Kingdom
    11/7/11
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    "An excellent listen"

    I spent a long time deciding which audible 'Wives and Daughters' to listen to. I am very pleased with my choice as the characterisation from Josephine Bailey was excellent and she really brings the story to life. At times I truely believe that there is more than one person involved. The story is very good and deserves to be more well known. I hope you enjoy it too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    7/5/11
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    "Gaskells Best Book, Tremendous Narration"

    This has always been my favourite Elizabeth Gaskell novel and this Audible Book is the best one to pick if you like each character to have their own personality. It capitivates your attention from start to finish. Definitely not one for going to sleep to! Josephine Bailey has narrated this superbly, each character has their own distinctive accent and it is easy to use your imagination to build a picture up in your mind of everything going on, even if you haven't seen the television version, which I might add is very close to the original story. If this version was used as an aid for an English Lit. Exam, I can whole heartedly say it would be extremely advantageous to exam success. Brilliant, well done Josephine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Cleveland, United Kingdom
    3/16/11
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    "Ripping yarn!"

    An engrossing tale of maidenly virtue rewarded, with plenty of top-notch melodrama, muslin, beef tea, vague Victorian illnesses, worsted, swooning, rampant xenophobia and tea-drinking.

    The narrator, Josephine Bailey, deserves some sort of award. She manages to sound Victorian, and gives every character just the right accent and energy; each individual leaps, as it were, from the page, three-dimensional and totally convincing. The whole thing feels like a brilliantly-directed radio play. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    8/11/13
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    "A good yarn"

    What a fantastic literary creation Hyacinth Gibson is! If you like your characters three-dimensional, you will appreciate Elizabeth Gaskell's writing. The wise ones make stupid mistakes and regret them, the silly conniving ones get what they want, good things happen to bad people etc etc. A great story, shame it doesn't finish entirely because she died before completing it, but there is enough for you to finish it yourself in your mind. A comfortable, gentle, provincial story about people's lives in the vein of Jane Austen. The narrator does excellent voices, each character is easy to differentiate. However her normal 'narrator' voice was a little stiff and stilted, and took some getting used to. Once the writing was dialogue between characters, it really flowed. Well worth purchasing.

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  • Denise Smith
    Aberdeenshire
    4/10/13
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    "Just Perfect"

    I downloaded this audiobook because I was the mood for something with a Jane Austen feel; little did I know just how wonderful the story would be and how sad I was when after finishing it to learn that Elizabeth Gaskell didn’t live to finish it, such a shame. I would recommend this to all Jane Austen fans.

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  • YorkshireTyke
    York, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Warning! Well, There Should Be One..."

    I didn't realise when I bought this - despite having a degree in Eng Lit and having read most of Gaskell's other novels - that this book is incomplete. Rather selfishly, Elizabeth G died in the middle of writing it. Well, almost at the end of writing it. Which means even if you're enjoying it, it is a blow. Maybe we were warned somewhere on Audible that it is an incomplete book - but if we were, I missed it. I prefer every other EG novel, to this one. It is a very mature work, and quite subtle. Stick with 'Cranford'. 'Cousin Phillis' or 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' if you want a more readable and engrossing intro to Mrs G.

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