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I'd enjoy anything read by Prunella Scales. I wish there were more books by her. I heard the humaness and humor of the author better than I would have if reading it myself in print.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
Prunella Scales is fabuous and brought additional charm to the work but I really think everyone should know that the author died before she could write the ending and after the 14th hour, that's a little frustrating.
If you like Jane Austin you will love this book. The story is set in a small village in England and it centers around a doctor and his family and their neighbors. Gas kin uses this setup as a microcosm showing the nature of people and their reactions to each other and life in general. Although the book was written over 150 yrs ago, people are the same. I recognized more than one personalty! But you must like this type of book to enjoy it. Think Jane Austin! Also, the narrator is outstanding.
I quite enjoyed this book. the heroine is very honourable but rather tearful which is rather off putting.. Perhaps she is a reflection of her age. Elizabeth Gaskell's characters do not have the sparkle of Jane Austen's but Jane Austen sets the bar rather high and Elizabeth Gaskell writes a very readable and enjoyable story. She puts quite a lot of "social conscience" stuff in her books.... I suppose it is because she was the daughter and wife of a minister. This does rather make the main character too good to be true. However, it all comes out in the end and I like the book well enough to buy more of Elizabeth Gaskell's titles as they become available on Audible.
This is the first book I have bought in which Prunella Scales is the narrator.. She is excellent
Definitely. Overall I was sorry when it was finished.. The story doesn't have many highs and lows... It just trundles along. but it is an easy listen and you feel at the end of the book that you know and like the characters.
I would recommend this book to a friend who feels like reading a victorian story. The description of characters is excellent, particularly the insights into the characters' motivations. The story line is engaging.
Portraits of the characters. Gaskel's descriptions are clear and sympathetic.
I don't know how to answer this question. The reader was very good.
Lady Harriet! I would know for sure that she would be honest with me.
Although I would recommend this book to any person who enjoys victorian literature, I have to note that the book was left unfinished. The author died before finishing the last chapter. Instead of the last chapter there is a lovely short essay buy her publisher that explains what Gaskel was planning to write. It was very pleasant to listen to it because it provided a reflection on the novel and the author. It was like a voice from the past, putting the novel into the context of her contemporary readers.
We all run out of Jane Austen books after a time. This very nearly ascents to the same heights of genius. The narrator is a gem.
Most of the scenes in which the step-mother tries to maintain her authority over her far-more intelligent and sensitive step-daughter. It's a struggle for mastery. There are also many comic scenes, where the step-mother shows her slavish devotion and worship of local aristocratic characters.
She is a master of different class and locality accents.
My Step-Mother was a B**ch!
Some people may already love Prunella Scales, thanks to her performance in the televised "Lucia and Mapp." Here she outdoes herself.
Love Jane Austen and Agatha Christy. Simple clean romance with lovable characters or non-gory, puzzling and amusing mysteries.
The Little House at Allington
Molly - she is the heroine
Very good story of family and relationships with a bit of romance
I just devoured this book! The characters are beautifully etched, with great humor and great sympathy. A truly fun book, and Prunella Scales is perfection. Can't wait to listen to more from her!
Gasped when I got to the end, and found it was unfinished - but only a few pages short of the end. There is no doubt about how it will all turn out, but it's a shame she didn't get to finish it. Don't let that deter you - it's a delight.
I SOOO wish I had known this before the end. I just about screamed when at the last chapter it stopped! That being said, I did enjoy the story. I spent almost 24 hours listening, and did not regret it until the very end. Even then, I think if I would have been prepared for the authors death, I would have been fine with it. She had already tied up the loose ends and the writing really was on the wall for the ending. After finishing the book, I immediately watched the mini-series and was happy that they really did end it with what I think was the perfect ending to Elizabeth Gaskell's story.
I only wish Prunella Scales recorded more audiobooks, as she is the ideal narrator for this sort of novel, flawlessly assuming every character, the author's above all.
The novel is unfortunately unfinished, though only a few pages were yet to be written at Gaskell's death, and she had foreshadowed how the story would end. It would be a shame to miss such a good book because the ending is cut short, but you need to be aware of this before beginning.
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